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Psalms 115:16 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The heavens are the heavens of Jehovah; But the earth hath he given to the children of men.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The heaven, [even] the heavens, [are] the LORD'S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The heavens are the heavens of the LORD, But the earth He has given to the sons of men.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The heaven, [even] the heavens, [are] the LORD'S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The heavens are the heavens of Jehovah, but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— As for the heavens, the heavens, belong to Yahweh, but the earth, hath he given to the sons of men.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The heavens—the heavens [are] Jehovah's, And the earth He hath given to sons of men,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The heaven of heaven is the Lord's: but the earth he has given to the children of men.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The heauen, [euen] the heauens [are] the LORDS: but the earth hath hee giuen to the children of men.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The heaven of heavens [belongs] to the Lord: but he has given the earth to the sons of men.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The heaven, [even] the heavens, [are] Yahweh's: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The heaven, 8064
{8064} Prime
שָׁמַיִם
shamayim
{shaw-mah'-yim}
The second form being dual of an unused singular; from an unused root meaning to be lofty; the sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve).
[even] the heavens, 8064
{8064} Prime
שָׁמַיִם
shamayim
{shaw-mah'-yim}
The second form being dual of an unused singular; from an unused root meaning to be lofty; the sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve).
[are] Yhw's יָהוֶה: 3068
{3068} Prime
יְהֹוָה
Y@hovah
{yeh-ho-vaw'}
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
but the earth 776
{0776} Prime
אֶרֶץ
'erets
{eh'-rets}
From an unused root probably meaning to be firm; the earth (at large, or partitively a land).
hath he given 5414
{5414} Prime
נָתַן
nathan
{naw-than'}
A primitive root; to give, used with great latitude of application (put, make, etc.).
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
to the children 1121
{1121} Prime
בֵּן
ben
{bane}
From H1129; a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like H0001, H0251, etc.).
of men. 120
{0120} Prime
אָדָם
'adam
{aw-dawm'}
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 115:15-17.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 115:9-18.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 115:16

The Lord's — In a peculiar manner, where he dwelleth in that light and glory, to which no man can approach. Given — As the foregoing verse declares, that God was the creator of heaven and earth, so this asserts that he is also their Lord and governor to dispose of all men and things as he pleases.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 115:16

The (k) heaven, [even] the heavens, [are] the LORD'S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

(k) And they declare enough his sufficiency so that the world serves him nothing, but to show his fatherly care toward men.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
heaven:

Psalms 89:11 The heavens [are] thine, the earth also [is] thine: [as for] the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.
Psalms 144:5 Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
Psalms 148:4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that [be] above the heavens.
Isaiah 66:1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven [is] my throne, and the earth [is] my footstool: where [is] the house that ye build unto me? and where [is] the place of my rest?
Lamentations 3:66 Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD.
John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

but the earth:

Genesis 1:28-30 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. ... And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein [there is] life, [I have given] every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Genesis 9:1-3 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. ... Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
Deuteronomy 32:8 When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.
Jeremiah 27:5-6 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that [are] upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me. ... And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.
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Gn 1:28; 9:1. Dt 32:8. Ps 89:11; 144:5; 148:4. Is 66:1. Jr 27:5. Lm 3:66. Jn 14:2.

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who is being refererred to as children of men in psalm 115.16
- rob (9/27/2012 9:46:30 PM)
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