Psalm 115:16
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New International Version
The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to mankind.

King James Bible
The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD'S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

Darby Bible Translation
The heavens are the heavens of Jehovah, but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

World English Bible
The heavens are the heavens of Yahweh; but the earth has he given to the children of men.

Young's Literal Translation
The heavens -- the heavens are Jehovah's, And the earth He hath given to sons of men,

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The Lord hath been mindful - He has never yet wholly abandoned us to our enemies.

He will bless the house of Israel - He will bless the people as a nation; he will bless the priesthood and Levites; he will bless all of them who fear him, great and small, in whatsoever station or circumstances found. There is a great deal of emphasis in this verse: several words are redoubled to make the subject the more affecting. I give a literal translation: -

Psalm 115:12 "The Lord has been mindful of us he will bless the house of Israel; she will bless the house of Aaron.

Psalm 115:13 He will bless them that fear Jehovah, the small with the great.

Psalm 115:14 Jehovah will add upon you, upon you and upon all your children.

Psalm 115:15 Blessed are ye of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 115:16 The heavens of heavens are the Lord's: but the earth he hath given to the sons of Adam."

Jehovah is absolute Master of the universe. He has made the heavens of heavens, and also the earth; and this he gives to the children of Adam. When he exiled him from paradise, he turned him out into the earth, and gave it to him and his sons for ever, that they might dress, till, and eat of its produce all their days.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

heaven

Psalm 89:11 The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours: as for the world and the fullness thereof, you have founded them.

Psalm 144:5 Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

Psalm 148:4 Praise him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters that be above the heavens.

Isaiah 66:1 Thus said the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that you build to me?...

Lamentations 3:66 Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD.

John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

but the earth

Genesis 1:28-30 And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it...

Genesis 9:1-3 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth...

Deuteronomy 32:8 When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam...

Jeremiah 27:5,6 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm...

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The Warning
"And when they had sung a hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered abroad. Howbeit, after I am raised up, I will go before you into Galilee. But Peter said unto Him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I. And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, that thou today, even this night, before the cock crow twice, shalt deny me thrice. But he spake exceeding
G. A. Chadwick—The Gospel of St. Mark

Impiety of Attributing a visible Form to God. --The Setting up of Idols a Defection from the True God.
1. God is opposed to idols, that all may know he is the only fit witness to himself. He expressly forbids any attempt to represent him by a bodily shape. 2. Reasons for this prohibition from Moses, Isaiah, and Paul. The complaint of a heathen. It should put the worshipers of idols to shame. 3. Consideration of an objection taken from various passages in Moses. The Cherubim and Seraphim show that images are not fit to represent divine mysteries. The Cherubim belonged to the tutelage of the Law. 4.
John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Cross References
Acts 17:24
"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.

Deuteronomy 10:14
To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.

Psalm 8:6
You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:

Psalm 89:11
The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it.

Isaiah 45:18
For this is what the LORD says-- he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited-- he says: "I am the LORD, and there is no other.

Jeremiah 27:5
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.

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