New International Version
when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
King James Bible
When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
Darby Bible Translation
when he imposed on the sea his decree that the waters should not pass his commandment, when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
World English Bible
when he gave to the sea its boundary, that the waters should not violate his commandment, when he marked out the foundations of the earth;
Young's Literal Translation
In His setting for the sea its limit, And the waters transgress not His command, In His decreeing the foundations of earth,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
When he gave to the sea his decree - When he assigned its limits, adjusted its saltness, and proportioned the extent of the surface to the quantity of vapors to be raised from it, for the irrigation of the terrene surface.
The foundations of the earth - Those irreversible laws by which all its motions are governed; its annual and diurnal rotation, and particularly its centrifugal and centripetal forces; by the former of which it has its annual motion round the sun like all other planets; and by the latter all its particles are prevented from flying off, notwithstanding the great velocity of its motion round its own axis, which causes one thousand and forty-two miles of its equator to pass under any given point in the heavens in the course of a single hour! These are, properly speaking, the foundations of the earth; the principles on which it is constructed, and the laws by which it is governed.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
when he appointed
'That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance.'--PROVERBS viii. 21. The word here rendered 'substance' is peculiar. Indeed, it is used in a unique construction in this passage. It means 'being' or 'existence,' and seems to have been laid hold of by the Hebrew thinkers, from whom the books commonly called 'the Wisdom Books' come, as one of their almost technical expressions. 'Substance' may be used in our translation in its philosophical meaning as the supposed reality underlying appearances, …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Fragrant Spices from the Mountains of Myrrh. "Thou Art all Fair, My Love; There is no Spot in Thee. " --Song of Solomon iv. 7.
Of the Council of Antioch and what was done There against the Holy Meletius.
A String of Pearls
He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness.
"Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone--
"Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb,
when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place,
He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.
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