Yahweh has given mortals dominion over the earth (Ps 8:5-8:8)

“Yet you have made them a little lower than God.

You crowned them with glory and honor.

You have given them dominion

Over the works of your hands.

You have put all things under their feet,

All sheep,

All oxen,

Also the beasts of the field,

The birds of the air,

The fish of the sea,

Whatever passes along the paths of the sea.”

Thus we have mortals as a little lower than God, crowned with glory and honor. We have dominion over the works of Yahweh, our sovereign creator. All things are under our mortal feet. Thus all sheep, oxen, and the beasts of the field are under the dominion of us mortals. However, added to that are the birds of the air and the fish of the sea, or whatever is in the sea. In this enumeration, there are only a few animals specifically mentioned, sheep and oxen, giving us a hint at what David and his friends considered domesticated animals.

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