Jeremiah 51:15
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English Standard Version
“It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.

King James Bible
He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.

American Standard Version
He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding hath he stretched out the heavens:

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that made the earth by his power, that hath prepared the world by his wisdom, and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.

English Revised Version
He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding hath he stretched out the heavens:

Webster's Bible Translation
He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Babylon, certainly, in its former power and greatness, was a golden goblet, by means of which Jahveh presented to the nations the wine of His wrath, and intoxicated them; but now it is fallen, and broken without remedy. Isaiah 21:9 finds an echo in the expression, "Babylon is fallen." The figure of the cup refers us back to Jeremiah 25:15., where, however, it is applied in a different way. The cup is said to be of gold, in order to point out the splendour and glory of Nebuchadnezzar's dominion. "In the hand of Jahveh," i.e., used by Him as His instrument for pouring out His wrath to the nations. But Babylon has suddenly fallen and been broken in pieces. At this point Jeremiah drops the figure of the cup, for a golden cup does not break when it falls. The fall is so terrible, that the nations in Babylon are summoned to participate in the lamentation, and to lend their aid in repairing her injuries. But they answer that their attempts to heal her are fruitless. (On צרי, cf. Jeremiah 46:11 and Jeremiah 8:22.) The terrible and irreparable character of the fall is thus expressed in a dramatic manner. We must neither think of the allies and mercenaries as those who are addressed (Schnurrer, Rosenmller, Maurer, Hitzig), nor merely the Israelites who had been delivered from Babylon (Umbreit). The latter view is opposed by the words which follow, "Let every one go to his own country;" this points to men out of different lands. And the former assumption is opposed by the consideration that not merely the mercenaries, but also the allies are to be viewed as fallen and ruined together with Babylon, and that Babylon, which had subdued all the nations, has no allies, according to the general way in which the prophet views these things. Those addressed are rather the nations that had been vanquished by Babylon and detained in the city, of which Israel was one. Inasmuch as these were the servants of Babylon, and as such bound to pay her service, they are to heal Babylon; and because the attempts to heal her prove fruitless, they are to leave the ruined city. They answer this summons by the resolve, "We will go every one to his own land;" cf. Jeremiah 50:8, Jeremiah 50:16. The motive for this resolution, "for her guilt reaches up to heaven," certainly shows that it is Israelites who are speaking, because it is only they who form their opinions in such a way; but they speak in the name of all the strangers who are in Babylon. משׁפּט is the matter upon which judgment is passed, i.e., the transgression, the guilt, analogous to משׁפּט דּמים, Ezekiel 7:23, and משׁפּט מות , Deuteronomy 19:6; Deuteronomy 21:22; it does not mean the punishment adjudged, of which we cannot say that it reaches up to heaven. On this expression, cf. Psalm 57:11; Psalm 108:5. Through the fall of Babylon, the Lord has made manifest the righteousness of Israel; the redeemed ones are to proclaim this in Zion. צדקות does not mean "righteous acts" (Judges 5:11), but proofs of the righteousness of Israel as opposed to Babylon, which righteousness Babylon, through tyrannical oppression of the people that had been delivered up to it merely for chastisement, has failed to perceive, and which, so long as the Lord did not take His people to Himself again in a visible manner, was hidden from the world; cf. Psalm 37:6.

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hath made

Jeremiah 10:12-16 He has made the earth by his power, he has established the world by his wisdom, and has stretched out the heavens by his discretion...

Jeremiah 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, you have made the heaven and the earth by your great power and stretched out arm...

Genesis 1:1-6 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth...

Psalm 107:25 For he commands, and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves thereof.

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

Psalm 148:1-5 Praise you the LORD. Praise you the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights...

Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who has created these things, that brings out their host by number...

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

Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands;

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made...

Colossians 1:16,17 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones...

Hebrews 1:2,3 Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds...

Revelation 4:11 You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things...

by his wisdom

Psalm 104:24 O LORD, how manifold are your works! in wisdom have you made them all: the earth is full of your riches.

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

Proverbs 3:19 The LORD by wisdom has founded the earth; by understanding has he established the heavens.

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

and hath

Job 9:8 Which alone spreads out the heavens, and treads on the waves of the sea.

Psalm 104:2 Who cover yourself with light as with a garment: who stretch out the heavens like a curtain:

Isaiah 40:22 It is he that sits on the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers...

Isaiah 42:5 Thus said God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth...

Isaiah 44:24 Thus said the LORD, your redeemer, and he that formed you from the womb, I am the LORD that makes all things...

Isaiah 45:12 I have made the earth, and created man on it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

Isaiah 48:13 My hand also has laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand has spanned the heavens: when I call to them...

Isaiah 51:13 And forget the LORD your maker, that has stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth...

Cross References
Acts 14:15
"Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.

Romans 1:20
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Job 9:8
who alone stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the sea;

Psalm 104:24
O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

Psalm 136:5
to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever;

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

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