New American Standard Bible
Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, Unless the Lord has commanded it?
King James Bible
Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?
Darby Bible Translation
Who is he that saith, and there cometh to pass, what the Lord hath not commanded?
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?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Why then does a loving God, who disapproves of suffering when inflicted by man upon man, Himself send sorrow and misery? "Because of sins."
Literally, "Who is this that spake and it was done, though אדני 'ădonāy commanded it not?"
LibrarySolitude, Silence, Submission
"He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him. He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope."--Lamentations 3:28, 29. THUS the prophet describes the conduct of a person in deep anguish of heart. When he does not know what to do, his soul, as if by instinct, humbles itself. He gets into some secret place, he utters no speech, he gives himself over to moaning and to tears, and then he bows himself lower and yet lower before the Divine Majesty, as if he felt …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 42: 1896
Question Lxxxii of Devotion
The Mercy of God
For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.
"Behold, I am against those who have prophesied false dreams," declares the LORD, "and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods and reckless boasting; yet I did not send them or command them, nor do they furnish this people the slightest benefit," declares the LORD.
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