Proverbs 8:29
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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.

New Living Translation
I was there when he set the limits of the seas, so they would not spread beyond their boundaries. And when he marked off the earth's foundations,

English Standard Version
when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth,

New American Standard Bible
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;

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:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
when He set a limit for the sea so that the waters would not violate His command, when He laid out the foundations of the earth.

International Standard Version
when he set a boundary for the sea so the waters would not exceed his limits, when he marked out the foundations of the earth.

NET Bible
when he gave the sea his decree that the waters should not pass over his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth,

New Heart 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;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When he set the law of the Sea and the waters would not disobey his mouth, when he made the foundations of the Earth,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
when he set a limit for the sea so the waters would not overstep his command, when he traced the foundations of the earth,

JPS Tanakh 1917
When He gave to the sea His decree, That the waters should not transgress His commandment, When He appointed the foundations of the earth;

New American Standard 1977
When He set for the sea its boundary,
            So that the water should not transgress His command,
            When He marked out the foundations of the earth;

Jubilee Bible 2000
when he gave to the sea his decree that the waters should not pass his commandment, when he appointed the foundations of the earth,

King James 2000 Bible
When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his command: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:

American King James Version
When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:

American Standard Version
When he gave to the sea its bound, That the waters should not transgress his commandment, When he marked out the foundations of the earth;

Douay-Rheims Bible
When he compassed the sea with its bounds, and set a law to the waters that they should not pass their limits: when be balanced 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:

English Revised Version
When he gave to the sea its bound, that the waters should not transgress his commandment: when he marked out the foundations of the earth:

Webster's Bible Translation
When he gave to 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,
Study Bible
The Excellence of Wisdom
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; 30Then I was beside Him, as a master workman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him,…
Cross References
Job 26:10
"He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters At the boundary of light and darkness.

Job 38:4
"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding,

Job 38:5
Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it?

Job 38:6
"On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone,

Job 38:8
"Or who enclosed the sea with doors When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;

Job 38:10
And I placed boundaries on it And set a bolt and doors,

Psalm 104:5
He established the earth upon its foundations, So that it will not totter forever and ever.

Psalm 104:9
You set a boundary that they may not pass over, So that they will not return to cover the earth.

Proverbs 8:28
When He made firm the skies above, When the springs of the deep became fixed,

Jeremiah 5:22
'Do you not fear Me?' declares the LORD. 'Do you not tremble in My presence? For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea, An eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it. Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it.
Treasury of Scripture

When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:

he gave

Genesis 1:9,10 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together …

Job 38:8-11 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth, as if it …

Psalm 33:7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as an heap: he lays up …

Psalm 104:9 You have set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn …

Jeremiah 5:22 Fear you not me? said the LORD: will you not tremble at my presence…

when he appointed

Job 38:4-7 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, …

(29) When he gave to the sea his decree . . .--Compare the same thoughts in Job 38:4; Job 38:10-11.

Verse 29. - When he gave to the sea his decree (chok, as Job 28:26; Jeremiah 5:22); or, its bounds. The meaning is much the same in either case, being what is expressed in Job 38:8, etc,, "Who shut up the sea with doors...and prescribed for it my decree, and set bars and doors, and said, Hitherto shall thou come, and no further, and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?" The LXX. omits this hemistich. When he appointed the foundations of the earth. Job 38:4, "Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?... Who determined the measures thereof? or who stretched the line upon it? Wherein were the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the cornerstone thereof?" When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment,.... A perpetual decree, which never has been altered nor never will: he has placed the sand for the bounds of the sea everywhere, which it cannot pass, though its waves toss, foam, and roar; this is his decreed place, with which he has shut it up, as with doors, bars, and bolts; so that those proud waves may come hitherto and no further, Jeremiah 5:22;

when he appointed the foundations of the earth; which are laid on the seas and floods; nay, the earth is hung like a ball in the air upon nothing; and yet its foundations are such as that it shall not be removed; being the purpose and decree, the power and might, of the Lord himself, Job 26:7. Now Christ was present when those were laid, for he was concerned in the laying of them himself, Hebrews 1:10. The Lord asks Job where he was then, Job 38:4; he was not theft in being, but Christ was. 29. commandment—better, the shore, that is, of the sea.

foundations—figuratively denotes the solid structure (Job 38:4; Ps 24:2).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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