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Psalm 8

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by a stringed instrument.*
1 O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
  Your glory is higher than the heavens.
2 You have taught children and infants
  to tell of your strength,*
silencing your enemies
  and all who oppose you.

3 When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
  the moon and the stars you set in place—
4 what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
  human beings that you should care for them?*
5 Yet you made them only a little lower than God*
  and crowned them* with glory and honor.
6 You gave them charge of everything you made,
  putting all things under their authority—
7 the flocks and the herds
  and all the wild animals,
8 the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
  and everything that swims the ocean currents.

9 O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

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8:TITLE Hebrew according to the gittith.
8:2 Greek version reads to give you praise. Compare Matt 21:16.
8:4 Hebrew what is man that you should think of him, / the son of man that you should care for him?
8:5a Or Yet you made them only a little lower than the angels; Hebrew reads Yet you made him [i.e., man] a little lower than Elohim. 8:5b Hebrew him [i.e., man]; similarly in 8:6.

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