Psalm 104:14
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He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate-- bringing forth food from the earth:

King James Bible
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;

Darby Bible Translation
He maketh the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man; bringing forth bread out of the earth,

World English Bible
He causes the grass to grow for the livestock, and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food out of the earth:

Young's Literal Translation
Causing grass to spring up for cattle, And herb for the service of man, To bring forth bread from the earth,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle - Doth God care for oxen? Yes, and there is not a beast of the field that does not share his merciful regards.

And herb for the serviee of man - Plants, esculent herbs, and nutritive grain in general; and thus he brings forth food (לחם lechem, bread) out of the earth. In the germination and growth of a grain of wheat there is a profusion of miracles. God takes care of man, and of all those animals which are so necessary to the convenience and comfort of man.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

causeth

Psalm 145:15,16 The eyes of all wait on you; and you give them their meat in due season...

Psalm 147:8,9 Who covers the heaven with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth, who makes grass to grow on the mountains...

Genesis 1:11,12,29 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind...

Genesis 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew...

1 Kings 18:5 And Ahab said to Obadiah, Go into the land, to all fountains of water, and to all brooks...

Jeremiah 14:5,6 Yes, the hind also calved in the field, and forsook it, because there was no grass...

Joel 2:22 Be not afraid, you beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree bears her fruit...

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Genesis 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree...

Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food...

Genesis 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to you; and you shall eat the herb of the field;

Genesis 9:3 Every moving thing that lives shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

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Psalm 136:25 Who gives food to all flesh: for his mercy endures for ever.

Genesis 4:12 When you till the ground, it shall not from now on yield to you her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shall you be in the earth.

Job 28:5 As for the earth, out of it comes bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.

1 Corinthians 3:7 So then neither is he that plants any thing, neither he that waters; but God that gives the increase.

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The Glory of the Trinity
Eversley, 1868. St Mary's Chester, 1871. Trinity Sunday. Psalm civ. 31, 33. "The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: The Lord shall rejoice in his works. I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being." This is Trinity Sunday, on which we think especially of the name of God. A day which, to a wise man, may well be one of the most solemn, and the most humiliating days of the whole year. For is it not humiliating to look stedfastly,
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

Lessons from Nature
This prejudice against the beauties of the material universe reminds me of the lingering love to Judaism, which acted like a spell upon Peter of old. When the sheet knit at the four corners descended before him, and the voice said, "Rise, Peter; kill, and eat," he replied that he had not eaten anything that was common or unclean. He needed that the voice should speak to him from heaven again and again before he would fully learn the lesson, "What God hath cleansed that call not thou common." The
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 17: 1871

The Creaturely Man.
"The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life."-- Job xxxiii. 4. The Eternal and Ever-blessed God comes into vital touch with the creature by an act proceeding not from the Father nor from the Son, but from the Holy Spirit. Translated by sovereign grace from death unto life, God's children are conscious of this divine fellowship; they know that it consists not in inward agreement of disposition or inclination, but in the mysterious touch of God upon their spiritual
Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit

Of Confirmation.
It is surprising that it should have entered any one's mind to make a Sacrament of Confirmation out of that laying on of hands which Christ applied to little children, and by which the apostles bestowed the Holy Spirit, ordained presbyters, and healed the sick; as the Apostle writes to Timothy: "Lay hands suddenly on no man." (1 Tim. v. 22.) Why not also make a confirmation out of the sacrament of bread, because it is written: "And when he had received meat, he was strengthened" (Acts ix. 19); or
Martin Luther—First Principles of the Reformation

Cross References
Genesis 1:11
Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so.

Genesis 1:29
Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

Deuteronomy 11:15
I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.

Job 28:5
The earth, from which food comes, is transformed below as by fire;

Job 38:27
to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass?

Job 40:20
The hills bring it their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby.

Psalm 36:6
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.

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