Psalm 74:16
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New International Version
The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon.

New Living Translation
Both day and night belong to you; you made the starlight and the sun.

English Standard Version
Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun.

New American Standard Bible
Yours is the day, Yours also is the night; You have prepared the light and the sun.

King James Bible
The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The day is Yours, also the night; You established the moon and the sun.

International Standard Version
Yours is the day, and yours is the night; you established the moon and the sun.

NET Bible
You established the cycle of day and night; you put the moon and sun in place.

New Heart English Bible
The day is yours, the night is also yours. You have prepared the light and the sun.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The day is yours and yours is the night; you have prepared the light and the sun.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The day and the night are yours. You set the moon and the sun in their places.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thine is the day, Thine also the night; Thou hast established luminary and sun.

New American Standard 1977
Thine is the day, Thine also is the night;
            Thou hast prepared the light and the sun.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The day is thine, the night also is thine; thou hast prepared the light and the sun.

King James 2000 Bible
The day is yours, the night also is yours: you have prepared the light and the sun.

American King James Version
The day is yours, the night also is yours: you have prepared the light and the sun.

American Standard Version
The day is thine, the night also is thine: Thou hast prepared the light and the sun.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thine is the day, and thine is the night: thou hast made the morning light and the sun.

Darby Bible Translation
The day is thine, the night also is thine; thou hast prepared the moon and the sun:

English Revised Version
The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.

Webster's Bible Translation
The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.

World English Bible
The day is yours, the night is also yours. You have prepared the light and the sun.

Young's Literal Translation
Thine is the day, also Thine is the night, Thou hast prepared a light giver -- the sun.
Study Bible
Why have You Rejected Us?
15You broke open springs and torrents; You dried up ever-flowing streams. 16Yours is the day, Yours also is the night; You have prepared the light and the sun. 17You have established all the boundaries of the earth; You have made summer and winter.…
Cross References
Genesis 1:5
God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

Genesis 1:14
Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;

Psalm 19:2
Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge.

Psalm 104:19
He made the moon for the seasons; The sun knows the place of its setting.

Psalm 104:20
You appoint darkness and it becomes night, In which all the beasts of the forest prowl about.

Psalm 136:7
To Him who made the great lights, For His lovingkindness is everlasting:

Psalm 136:8
The sun to rule by day, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,

Jeremiah 33:25
"Thus says the LORD, 'If My covenant for day and night stand not, and the fixed patterns of heaven and earth I have not established,
Treasury of Scripture

The day is yours, the night also is yours: you have prepared the light and the sun.

the day

Psalm 136:7-9 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endures for ever…

Genesis 1:3-5 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light…

prepared

Psalm 8:3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon …

Psalm 19:1-6 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork…

Psalm 136:7-9 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endures for ever…

Genesis 1:14-18 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven …

Matthew 5:45 That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for …

(16-18) An appeal from the God of history to the God of nature. Not only did He work wonders, but even the universe is the work of His hand.

(16) The light and the sun.--Evidently from Genesis 1:14; Genesis 1:16, where the same word occurs for the heavenly luminary generally, and then for the sun as chief.

Verse 16. - The day is thine, the night also is thine; thou hast prepared the light and the sun (see Genesis 1:5, 15, 16); rather, thou hast prepared him light and sun. "Luminary" (מָאור) is probably a class name for the heavenly lights generally. The sun is then particularized, as so much the most important of the luminaries. But the result is "an imperfect parallelism" (Cheyne). The day is thine, and the night also is thine,.... He made the one and the other, and divided the one from the other; and can make them longer or shorter, clear or cloudy, as he pleases: and the day of prosperity and night of adversity are at his disposal; all the times of his people and of his church are in his hands; sometimes it is a night of darkness, deadness, sleepiness, and security, as it now is; ere long there will be no more night, but bright day; the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven fold as the light of seven days; and this is to be expected from him whose is the day and the night also, Revelation 21:25. Jarchi interprets the day, of the redemption of Israel; and the night, of distresses and afflictions:

thou hast prepared the light and the sun; first the light, and then the sun; for the light was before the sun; or the luminary, even the sun. Aben Ezra interprets the "light" of the moon, and so the Targum; and Kimchi, both of the moon and of the stars; Jarchi takes the light figuratively to be meant of the light of the law; but it is much better to understand it of the light of the Gospel, which God has prepared, and will send forth more largely in the latter day, whereby the whole earth shall be lightened; and when Christ the "sun" of righteousness will arise with healing in his wings, and who gives both the light of grace and glory to his people. 16, 17. The fixed orders of nature and bounds of earth are of God.74:12-17 The church silences her own complaints. What God had done for his people, as their King of old, encouraged them to depend on him. It was the Lord's doing, none besides could do it. This providence was food to faith and hope, to support and encourage in difficulties. The God of Israel is the God of nature. He that is faithful to his covenant about the day and the night, will never cast off those whom he has chosen. We have as much reason to expect affliction, as to expect night and winter. But we have no more reason to despair of the return of comfort, than to despair of day and summer. And in the world above we shall have no more changes.
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