Psalm 8:3-6

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BibleOld TestamentPsalms

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

Literal Reading

This passage is cited here as "accepting" events of early Genesis "as literally true". See comment here.

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Problems with literal reading

  • The Psalm is poetry and its language is clearly poetical — look under your feet if you are not sure.
  • A literal understanding of God fabricating the heavens with his fingers is irreverent. It is a figure of speech.