New International Version
He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.
King James Bible
He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.
Darby Bible Translation
He stretcheth out the north over empty space, he hangeth the earth upon nothing;
World English Bible
He stretches out the north over empty space, and hangs the earth on nothing.
Young's Literal Translation
Stretching out the north over desolation, Hanging the earth upon nothing,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He stretcheth out the north over the empty place - על תהו al tohu, to the hollow waste. The same word as is used, Genesis 1:2, The earth was without form, תהו tohu. The north must here mean the north pole, or northern hemisphere; and perhaps what is here stated may refer to the opinion that the earth was a vast extended plain, and the heavens poised upon it, resting on this plain all round the horizon. Of the south the inhabitants of Idumea knew nothing; nor could they have any notion of inhabitants in that hemisphere.
Hangeth the earth upon nothing - The Chaldee says: "He lays the earth upon the waters, nothing sustaining it."
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?
He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.
On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone--
You created the north and the south; Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.
A prophecy: The word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares:
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