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Psalms 115:16

    Psalms 115:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD's: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD's: but the earth has he given to the children of men.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The heavens are the heavens of Jehovah; But the earth hath he given to the children of men.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The heavens are the Lord's; but the earth he has given to the children of men.

    Webster's Revision

    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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The heavens are the heavens of the LORD; but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 115:16

    The heaven - Hebrew, "The heavens."

    Even the heavens are the Lord's - A more literal and correct rendering of this would be, "The heavens are heavens for Jehovah." That is, he has reserved the heavens as a home for himself, or as his special possession and home. Compare Isaiah 66:1; Matthew 5:34; Acts 7:49.

    But the earth ... - He propared earth for the abode of man; he has placed man upon it to cultivate it; he has given its fruits and productions to man, to be held and enjoyed by man; he has made all on earth subject to man - the dwellers in the air, the land, and the waters. All this he has given to man; not to the angels. Earth is the home of man, the birth-place of man; the place where he lives, where he shows the result of his toil, his skill, and his ingenuity; the place where he builds houses, bridges, monuments, works of art; the place where he prepares for another state of existence; the place where he dies, and is buried. It is, as formed by the Creator, a beautiful home outfitted for mankind; how much more beautiful would it be, if man never defiled or desolated it by sin! how happy an abode would it have been if sin had never entered it!