Lamentations 3:37
New International Version
Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?

New Living Translation
Who can command things to happen without the Lord’s permission?

English Standard Version
Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?

Berean Study Bible
Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has ordained it?

King James Bible
Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?

New King James Version
Who is he who speaks and it comes to pass, When the Lord has not commanded it?

New American Standard Bible
Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, Unless the Lord has commanded it?

NASB 1995
Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, Unless the Lord has commanded it?

NASB 1977
Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, Unless the Lord has commanded it?

Amplified Bible
Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, Unless the Lord has authorized and commanded it?

Christian Standard Bible
Who is there who speaks and it happens, unless the Lord has ordained it?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who is there who speaks and it happens, unless the Lord has ordained it?

American Standard Version
Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Mem Who is this that speaks and it was what LORD JEHOVAH has not commanded?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Who has thus spoken, and it has come to pass? the Lord has not commanded it.

Contemporary English Version
No one can do anything without the Lord's approval.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Mem. Who is he that hath commanded a thing to be done, when the Lord commandeth it not?

English Revised Version
Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?

Good News Translation
The will of the Lord alone is always carried out.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Who was it who spoke and it came into being? It was the Lord who gave the order.

International Standard Version
Who can command, and it happens, without the Lord having ordered it?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, When the Lord commandeth it not?

Literal Standard Version
Who [is] this—he has spoken, and it is, [And] the Lord has not commanded [it]?

NET Bible
Whose command was ever fulfilled unless the Lord decreed it?

New Heart English Bible
Who can speak a thing and have it come to pass, unless the LORD has commanded it?

World English Bible
Who is he who says, and it comes to pass, when the Lord doesn't command it?

Young's Literal Translation
Who is this -- he hath said, and it is, And the Lord hath not commanded it?

Additional Translations ...
Context
God's Justice
37Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has ordained it? 38Do not both adversity and good come from the mouth of the Most High?…

Cross References
Psalm 33:9
For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm.

Jeremiah 23:32
"Indeed," declares the LORD, "I am against those who prophesy false dreams and retell them to lead My people astray with their reckless lies. It was not I who sent them or commanded them, and they are of no benefit at all to these people," declares the LORD.


Treasury of Scripture

Who is he that said, and it comes to pass, when the Lord commands it not?

saith

Psalm 33:9-11
For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast…

Proverbs 16:9
A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

Proverbs 19:21
There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.









(37-39) New grounds of patient faith are given: (1) In an echo from Psalm 33:9, affirming the sovereignty of God. The evil which He permits is under the control of this loving purpose; and (2) as far as it is not absolute evil, may be said to come from Him.

Verses 37-54. - EXHORTATION TO REPENTANCE; RENDERED, LAMENTATION. Verses 37, 38. - True, God does not desire our misfortunes. But equally true is it that they do not happen without his express permission (comp. Isaiah 45:7; Amos 3:6). Verse 37. - That saith, and it cometh to pass (comp. Psalm 33:9; Genesis 1:3, etc.).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Who
מִ֣י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

has spoken
אָמַר֙ (’ā·mar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

and it came to pass,
וַתֶּ֔הִי (wat·te·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

unless
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

the Lord
אֲדֹנָ֖י (’ă·ḏō·nāy)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 136: The Lord

has ordained it?
צִוָּֽה׃ (ṣiw·wāh)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6680: To lay charge (upon), give charge (to), command, order


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