The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BiblePsalms 104:14
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle…
By means of
rain falling upon the tender herb, and upon the mown grass, whereby
provision of food is made for those creatures that live upon grass.
And herb for the service of man:
some herbs being for physic for him,
and others for food, and all more or less for his use. Herbs were the
original food of man, (Genesis 1:29) and still a dinner of herbs, where love
is, is better than a stalled ox, and hatred therewith, (Proverbs 15:17) . Some
render it, "and herb at the tillage of man" F15: grass grows of itself
for the use of the cattle; but the herb, as wheat and the like, which
is for the use of man, is caused to grow when man has taken some pains
with the earth, and has tilled and manured it: but the former sense
That he may bring forth food out of the earth;
either that man may do
it by his tillage; or rather that the Lord may do it, by sending rain,
and causing the grass and herbs to grow. However, man's food, as well
as the food of beasts, comes out of the earth, as he himself does, and
to which he must return.
F15 (tdbel) "ad culturam", Cocceius, some in Vatablus, and Michaelis;
so Gussetius, p. 572.