Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?
Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, Unless the Lord has commanded it?
Can anything happen without the Lord’s permission?
Who do you think "spoke and it happened"? It's the Master who gives such orders.
Who is able to say a thing, and give effect to it, if it has not been ordered by the Lord?
Who can command and have it done, if the Lord has not ordained it?
Who is he who speaks and it comes to pass, When the Lord has not commanded it ?
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1 tn Heb “Who is this, he spoke and it came to pass?” The general sense is to ask whose commands are fulfilled. The phrase “he spoke and it came to pass” is taken as an allusion to the creation account (see Gen 1:3).
2 tc The MT reads אֲדֹנָי (’adonay, “the Lord”) here rather than יהוה (YHWH, “the