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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 5, 2018: Psalm 8

To the leader: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.

1 O Lord, our Sovereign,
  how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
2   Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
  to silence the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
  the moon and the stars that you have established;
4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
  mortals[
a] that you care for them?

5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God,[b]
  and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
  you have put all things under their feet,
7 all sheep and oxen,
  and also the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
  whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9 O Lord, our Sovereign,
  how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Footnotes:

a Psalm 8:4 Heb ben adam, lit. son of man
b Psalm 8:5 Or than the divine beings or angels: Heb elohim