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8. Psalm 8
1O Jehovah, our Lord, How excellent is thy name in all the earth,
Who hast set thy glory upon the heavens!
2Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou established strength,
Because of thine adversaries,
That thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
3When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,
The moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
4What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
And the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5For thou hast made him but little lower than aGod,
And crownest him with glory and honor.
6Thou makest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands;
Thou hast put all things under his feet:
7All sheep and oxen,
Yea, and the beasts of the field,
8The birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
Whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
9O Jehovah, our Lord,
How excellent is thy name in all the earth!
Ps 8:1-9. Upon [or according to the] Gittith, probably means that the musical performance was directed to be according to a tune of that name; which, derived from Gath, a "wine-press," denotes a tune (used in connection with gathering the vintage) of a joyous character. All the Psalms to which this term is prefixed [Ps 8:1; 81:1; 84:1] are of such a character. The Psalmist gives vent to his admiration of God's manifested perfections, by celebrating His condescending and beneficent providence to man as evinced by the position of the race, as originally created and assigned a dominion over the works of His hands.
who hast set—literally, "which set Thou Thy glory," &c., or "which glory of Thine set Thou," &c., that is, make it more conspicuous as if earth were too small a theater for its display. A similar exposition suits the usual rendering.