New International Version
The pillars of the heavens quake, aghast at his rebuke.
King James Bible
The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.
Darby Bible Translation
The pillars of the heavens tremble and are astonished at his rebuke.
World English Bible
The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his rebuke.
Young's Literal Translation
Pillars of the heavens do tremble, And they wonder because of His rebuke.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The pillars of heaven tremble - This is probably a poetical description either of thunder, or of an earthquake: -
"He shakes creation with his nod;
Earth, sea, and heaven, confess him God."
But there may be an allusion to the high mountains, which were anciently esteemed by the common people as the pillars on which the heavens rested; and when these were shaken with earthquakes, it might be said the pillars of heaven tremble. Mount Atlas was supposed to be one of those pillars, and this gave rise to the fable of Atlas being a man who bore the heavens on his shoulders. The Greek and Roman poets frequently use this image. Thus Silius Italicus, lib. i., ver. 202: -
Atlas subducto tracturus vertice coelum:
Sidera nubiferum fulcit caput, aethereasque
Erigit aeternum compages ardua cervix:
Canet barba gelu, frontemque immanibus umbris
Pinea silva premit; vastant cava tempora venti
Nimbosoque ruunt spumantia flumina rictu.
"Atlas' broad shoulders prop th' incumbent skies:
Around his cloud-girt head the stars arise.
His towering neck supports th' ethereal way;
And o'er his brow black woods their gloom display.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
ON the revival of science in the 16th century, some of the earliest conclusions at which philosophers arrived were found to be at variance with popular and long-established belief. The Ptolemaic system of astronomy, which had then full possession of the minds of men, contemplated the whole visible universe from the earth as the immovable centre of things. Copernicus changed the point of view, and placing the beholder in the sun, at once reduced the earth to an inconspicuous globule, a merely subordinate …
Frederick Temple—Essays and Reviews: The Education of the World
Whether the virtues of Heaven Will be Moved when Our Lord Shall Come?
2 Samuel 22:8
The earth trembled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens shook; they trembled because he was angry.
He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness.
By his power he churned up the sea; by his wisdom he cut Rahab to pieces.
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