New American Standard Bible
For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.
King James Bible
For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
Darby Bible Translation
For he spoke, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
World English Bible
For he spoke, and it was done. He commanded, and it stood firm.
Young's Literal Translation
For He hath said, and it is, He hath commanded, and it standeth.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For he spake, and it was done - The word "done," introduced here by our translators, enfeebles the sentence. It would be made more expressive and sublime as it is in the original: "He spake, and it was." That is, Its existence depended on his word; the universe sprang into being at his command; he had only to speak, and it arose in all its grandeur where before there was nothing. There is here an undoubted allusion to the account in Genesis of the work of creation - where the statement is that all depended on the command or the word of God: Genesis 1:3, Genesis 1:6,Genesis 1:9, Genesis 1:11, Genesis 1:14, Genesis 1:20, Genesis 1:24, Genesis 1:26. Nothing more sublime can be conceived than the language thus employed in the Scriptures in describing that work. No more elevated conception can enter the human mind than that which is implied when it is said, God "spoke" and all this vast and wonderful universe rose into being.
He commanded - He gave order; he required the universe to appear.
And it stood fast - Or rather, "stood." That is, it stood forth; it appeared; it rose into being. The idea of its "standing fast" is not in the original, and greatly enfeebles the expression.
LibraryThe Indwelling and Outgoing Works of God.
"And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth."--Psalm xxxiii. 6. The thorough and clear-headed theologians of the most flourishing periods of the Church used to distinguish between the indwelling and outgoing works of God. The same distinction exists to some extent in nature. The lion watching his prey differs widely from the lion resting among his whelps. See the blazing eye, the lifted head, the strained muscles and panting breath. One can see that the crouching lion is laboring intensely. …
Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit
The Providence of God
The Power of God
By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.
He sends forth His word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow and the waters to flow.
Let them praise the name of the LORD, For He commanded and they were created.
Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, Unless the Lord has commanded it?
"I, the LORD, have spoken; it is coming and I will act. I will not relent, and I will not pity and I will not be sorry; according to your ways and according to your deeds I will judge you," declares the Lord GOD.'"
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