New American Standard Bible
The heavens are the heavens of the LORD, But the earth He has given to the sons of men.
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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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
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!
FAITH. FAITH! Peter saith, faith, in the very trial of it, is much more precious than gold that perisheth. If so, what is the worth or value that is in the grace itself? Faith is so great an artist in arguing and reasoning with the soul, that it will bring over the hardest heart that it hath to deal with. It will bring to my remembrance at once, both my vileness against God, and his goodness towards me; it will show me, that though I deserve not to breathe in the air, yet God will have me an heir …
John Bunyan—The Riches of Bunyan
Messiah Derided Upon the Cross
"The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands;
"Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it.
You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,
The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; The world and all it contains, You have founded them.
For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited), "I am the LORD, and there is none else.
"I have made the earth, the men and the beasts which are on the face of the earth by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and I will give it to the one who is pleasing in My sight.
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