Jeremiah 27:5
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New International Version
With my great power and outstretched arm I made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it, and I give it to anyone I please.

New Living Translation
With my great strength and powerful arm I made the earth and all its people and every animal. I can give these things of mine to anyone I choose.

English Standard Version
“It is I who by my great power and my outstretched arm have made the earth, with the men and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever it seems right to me.

New American Standard Bible
"I have made the earth, the men and the beasts which are on the face of the earth by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and I will give it to the one who is pleasing in My sight.

King James Bible
I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
By My great strength and outstretched arm, I made the earth, and the people, and animals on the face of the earth. I give it to anyone I please.

International Standard Version
"By my great power and outstretched arm I made the earth, mankind, and the animals that are on the face of the earth, and I give it to whomever I see fit.

NET Bible
"I made the earth and the people and animals on it by my mighty power and great strength, and I give it to whomever I see fit.

New Heart English Bible
"I have made the earth, the men and the animals that are on the surface of the earth, by my great power and by my outstretched arm; and I give it to whom it seems right to me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
'I used my great strength and my powerful arm to make the earth along with the people and the animals on it. I give it to anyone I please.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the face of the earth, by My great power and by My outstretched arm; and I give it unto whom it seemeth right unto Me.

New American Standard 1977
“I have made the earth, the men and the beasts which are on the face of the earth by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and I will give it to the one who is pleasing in My sight.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the face of the earth, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom was upright in my eyes.

King James 2000 Bible
I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed right unto me.

American King James Version
I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it to whom it seemed meet to me.

American Standard Version
I have made the earth, the men and the beasts that are upon the face of the earth, by my great power and by my outstretched arm; and I give it unto whom it seemeth right unto me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I made the earth, and the men, and the beasts that are upon the face of the earth, by my great power, and by my stretched out arm: and I have given it to whom it seemed good in my eyes.

Darby Bible Translation
I have made the earth, man and beast that are upon the face of the earth, by my great power and by my outstretched arm; and I give them unto whom it seemeth right in mine eyes.

English Revised Version
I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the face of the earth, by my great power and by my outstretched arm; and I give it unto whom it seemeth right unto me.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my out-stretched arm, and have given it to whom it seemed meet to me.

World English Bible
I have made the earth, the men and the animals that are on the surface of the earth, by my great power and by my outstretched arm; and I give it to whom it seems right to me.

Young's Literal Translation
Thus do ye say unto your lords, I -- I have made the earth with man, and the cattle that are on the face of the earth, by My great power, and by My stretched-out arm, and I have given it to whom it hath been right in Mine eyes.
Study Bible
The Yoke of Nebuchadnezzar
4"Command them to go to their masters, saying, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, thus you shall say to your masters, 5"I have made the earth, the men and the beasts which are on the face of the earth by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and I will give it to the one who is pleasing in My sight. 6"Now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, My servant, and I have given him also the wild animals of the field to serve him.…
Cross References
Acts 17:26
From one man He made every nation of men, to inhabit the whole earth; and He determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands.

Genesis 1:25
God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

Deuteronomy 9:29
'Yet they are Your people, even Your inheritance, whom You have brought out by Your great power and Your outstretched arm.'

Psalm 96:5
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens.

Psalm 115:15
May you be blessed of the LORD, Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 115:16
The heavens are the heavens of the LORD, But the earth He has given to the sons of men.

Psalm 146:5
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the LORD his God,

Psalm 146:6
Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps faith forever;

Isaiah 42:5
Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it And spirit to those who walk in it,

Isaiah 45:12
"It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it. I stretched out the heavens with My hands And I ordained all their host.
Treasury of Scripture

I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it to whom it seemed meet to me.

made.

Jeremiah 10:11,12 Thus shall you say to them, The gods that have not made the heavens …

Jeremiah 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, you have made the heaven and the earth by your …

Jeremiah 51:15 He has made the earth by his power, he has established the world …

Genesis 9:6 Whoever sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in …

Exodus 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all …

Job 26:5-14 Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof…

Job 38:4 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, …

Psalm 102:25 Of old have you laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens …

Psalm 136:5-9 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endures for ever…

Psalm 146:5,6 Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is …

Psalm 148:2-5 Praise you him, all his angels: praise you him, all his hosts…

Isaiah 40:21-26 Have you not known? have you not heard? has it not been told you …

Isaiah 42:5 Thus said God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched …

Isaiah 44:24 Thus said the LORD, your redeemer, and he that formed you from the …

Isaiah 45:12 I have made the earth, and created man on it: I, even my hands, have …

Isaiah 48:13 My hand also has laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand …

Isaiah 51:13 And forget the LORD your maker, that has stretched forth the heavens, …

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the …

Acts 14:15 And saying, Sirs, why do you these things? We also are men of like …

Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is …

Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that …

Hebrews 1:2,10,11 Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed …

Revelation 4:11 You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for …

and have.

Genesis 1:29,30 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which …

Genesis 9:2,3 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast …

Deuteronomy 2:7,8,19 For the LORD your God has blessed you in all the works of your hand: …

Deuteronomy 5:16 Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded …

Deuteronomy 32:8 When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when …

Joshua 1:2,3 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, …

Ezra 1:2 Thus said Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven has given …

Psalm 115:15,16 You are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth…

Psalm 135:10-12 Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings…

Deuteronomy 2:21 A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD …

Deuteronomy 4:17,25,32,35 The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any …

(5) I have made the earth . . .--The pronoun is emphatic. For "upon the ground" read on the face of the earth, and for "it seemed meet unto me" it seemed meet to my eyes. The "stretched-out arm" is a phrase specially characteristic of the Book of Deuteronomy (Deuteronomy 4:34; Deuteronomy 5:15; Deuteronomy 7:19; Deuteronomy 26:8), and may be noted among the many traces of its influence on Jeremiah's language. The whole preface, which rises to a height of rhythmic loftiness not common in Jeremiah's writings, asserts the truth that the Creator of the material world is also the ruler over the kingdoms of the earth. For a like utterance of the same thought, see Amos 4:13; Amos 9:6.

Verses 5, 6. - Jehovah is the Creator and Proprietor of the earth and all that is therein. Therefore he can give any part of it to whomsoever he will. Therefore, Jeremiah being his trustworthy prophet, the kings are called upon to take notice that Jehovah has transferred their kingdoms to Nebuchadnezzar. Observe, in Jeremiah 27-29. the form employed is not "Nebuchadnezzar," but "Nebuchadnezzar" (so also Jeremiah 34:1; Jeremiah 39:5). (See on Jeremiah 21:7.) I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground,.... The earth was made by him on the first day, and man and beast on the sixth day, of the creation; the earth is still supported in its being, and man and beast are continued on it in succession: this is mentioned to show his right and authority to dispose of the earth, and all in it, at his pleasure; which is founded on his creation and sustaining of it, and all creatures in it: which was, and is, as he says,

by my great power, and by my outstretched arm; for nothing less could have created the original chaos out of nothing, and brought that into form and order, and produced out of it such creatures as man and beast; and nothing less than that could continue it in being, and a succession of creatures on it:

and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me; some part of it to one, and some to another; and more to one than to another; but to none according to their merit, but according to his own sovereign will and pleasure; see Psalm 115:16. 5. God here, as elsewhere, connects with the symbol doctrine, which is as it were its soul, without which it would be not only cold and frivolous, but even dead [Calvin]. God's mention of His supreme power is in order to refute the pride of those who rely on their own power (Isa 45:12).

given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me—(Ps 115:15, 16; Da 4:17, 25, 32). Not for his merits, but of My own sole good pleasure [Estius].27:1-11 Jeremiah is to prepare a sign that all the neighbouring countries would be made subject to the king of Babylon. God asserts his right to dispose of kingdoms as he pleases. Whatever any have of the good things of this world, it is what God sees fit to give; we should therefore be content. The things of this world are not the best things, for the Lord often gives the largest share to bad men. Dominion is not founded in grace. Those who will not serve the God who made them, shall justly be made to serve their enemies that seek to ruin them. Jeremiah urges them to prevent their destruction, by submission. A meek spirit, by quiet submission to the hardest turns of providence, makes the best of what is bad. Many persons may escape destroying providences, by submitting to humbling providences. It is better to take up a light cross in our way, than to pull a heavier on our own heads. The poor in spirit, the meek and humble, enjoy comfort, and avoid many miseries to which the high-spirited are exposed. It must, in all cases, be our interest to obey God's will.
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