New American Standard Bible
In whose hand are the depths of the earth, The peaks of the mountains are His also.
King James Bible
In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.
Darby Bible Translation
In his hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also:
World English Bible
In his hand are the deep places of the earth. The heights of the mountains are also his.
Young's Literal Translation
In whose hand are the deep places of earth, And the strong places of hills are His.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
In his hand - In his power, or under his control as his own. That is, he so possesses all things that they can be claimed by no other. His right over them is absolute and entire.
Are the deep places of the earth - The word used here - מחקר mechqâr - means the interior, the inmost depth; that which is "searched out," from - חקר châqar - to search, search out, explore. The primary idea is that of searching by boring or digging; and the allusion here is to the parts of the earth which could be explored only by digging - as in mining, or sinking shafts in the earth. The meaning is, that all those places which lie beyond the ordinary power of observation in man are in the hand of God. He knows them as clearly as those which are most plain to human view; he possesses or owns them as his own as really as he does those which are on the surface of the ground.
The strength of the hills is his also - Margin, "The heights of the hills are his." The word rendered "strength" - תועפות tô‛âphôth - means properly swiftness or speed in running; then, weariness, wearisome labor; and hence, wealth obtained by labor; "treasures." Here the expression means "treasures of the mountains;" that is, treasures obtained out of the mountains, the precious metals, etc. Compare the notes at Job 22:25, where the same word occurs. All this belongs to God. As he is the Maker of these hills, and of all that they contain, the absolute proprietorship is in him.
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'And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. 2. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron; and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! 3. And wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? 4. And they said one …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Epistle xxxi. To Phocas, Emperor .
Who establishes the mountains by His strength, Being girded with might;
Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.
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