Proverbs 8:28
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New International Version
when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,

New Living Translation
I was there when he set the clouds above, when he established springs deep in the earth.

English Standard Version
when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep,

New American Standard Bible
When He made firm the skies above, When the springs of the deep became fixed,

King James Bible
When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
when He placed the skies above, when the fountains of the ocean gushed out,

International Standard Version
when he made the clouds from above, when the springs of the depths were established,

NET Bible
when he established the clouds above, when the fountains of the deep grew strong,

New Heart English Bible
when he established the clouds above, when the springs of the deep became strong,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when he empowered the clouds from above and when he strengthened the springs of the depths,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
when he established the skies above, when he determined the currents in the ocean,

JPS Tanakh 1917
When He made firm the skies above, When the fountains of the deep showed their might,

New American Standard 1977
When He made firm the skies above,
            When the springs of the deep became fixed,

Jubilee Bible 2000
when he established the clouds above, when he strengthened the fountains of the deep,

King James 2000 Bible
When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:

American King James Version
When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:

American Standard Version
When he made firm the skies above, When the fountains of the deep became strong,

Douay-Rheims Bible
When he established the sky above, and poised the fountains of waters:

Darby Bible Translation
when he established the skies above, when the fountains of the deep became strong;

English Revised Version
When he made firm the sides above: when the fountains of the deep became strong:

Webster's Bible Translation
When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:

World English Bible
when he established the clouds above, when the springs of the deep became strong,

Young's Literal Translation
In His strengthening clouds above, In His making strong fountains of the deep,
Study Bible
The Excellence of Wisdom
27"When He established the heavens, I was there, When He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep, 28When He made firm the skies above, When the springs of the deep became fixed, 29When He set for the sea its boundary So that the water would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth;…
Cross References
Job 38:16
"Have you entered into the springs of the sea Or walked in the recesses of the deep?

Proverbs 3:19
The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He established the heavens.

Proverbs 8:27
"When He established the heavens, I was there, When He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,

Proverbs 8:29
When He set for the sea its boundary So that the water would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth;
Treasury of Scripture

When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:

(28) When he established the clouds above.--Literally, made firm; comp. Genesis 1:6.

When he strengthened the fountains of the deep.--More probably, when they flowed forth with strength.

Verse 28. - When he established the clouds above. The reference is to the waters above the firmament (Genesis 1:7), which are suspended in the ether; and the idea is that God thus made this medium capable of sustaining them. Vulgate, Quando aethera firmabat sursum; Septuagint, "When he made strong the clouds above" (comp. Job 26:8). When he strengthened the fountains of the deep; rather, as in the Revised Version, when the fountains of the deep became strong; i.e. when the great deep (Genesis 7:11) burst forth with power (comp. Job 38:16). The Septuagint anticipates the following details by here rendering, "When he made secure the fountains of the earth beneath the heaven." When he established the clouds above,.... In which the waters are bound, and yet are not rent under them; and where, in the thin air, they hang heavy with them; where they are weighed by measure, and a decree made for them when they shall fall; and when they do, the Lord makes small the drops of water, which the clouds do drop and distil on men abundantly; the spreadings of which are beyond understanding, and are unaccountable, and must be referred to the power of God; who has settled and established them in the heavens, and the laws of them, Job 26:8;

when he strengthened the fountains of the deep; gave them strength, and still continues it, to cast out their waters, which run into the main sea, and feed and fill it, and return to their place again; which strength of flowing and reflowing can be attributed to nothing else but to the great power of God, Genesis 7:11. 28. established … deep—that is, so as to sustain the waters above and repress those below the firmament (Ge 1:7-11; Job 26:8).8:22-31 The Son of God declares himself to have been engaged in the creation of the world. How able, how fit is the Son of God to be the Saviour of the world, who was the Creator of it! The Son of God was ordained, before the world, to that great work. Does he delight in saving wretched sinners, and shall not we delight in his salvation?
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