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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CommentaryClarke'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.
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"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.
"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.
To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:
The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it.
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.
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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