Psalm 104:9
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New International Version
You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth.

New Living Translation
Then you set a firm boundary for the seas, so they would never again cover the earth.

English Standard Version
You set a boundary that they may not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth.

New American Standard Bible
You set a boundary that they may not pass over, So that they will not return to cover the earth.

King James Bible
Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

Christian Standard Bible
You set a boundary they cannot cross; they will never cover the earth again.

Contemporary English Version
Now you have set boundaries, so that the water will never flood the earth again.

Good News Translation
You set a boundary they can never pass, to keep them from covering the earth again.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You set a boundary they cannot cross; they will never cover the earth again.

International Standard Version
You have set a boundary they cannot cross; they will never again cover the earth.

NET Bible
You set up a boundary for them that they could not cross, so that they would not cover the earth again.

New Heart English Bible
You have set a boundary that they may not pass over; that they do not turn again to cover the earth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You have set borders for them which they will not cross and cover the earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Water cannot cross the boundary you set and cannot come back to cover the earth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou didst set a bound which they should not pass over, That they might not return to cover the earth.

New American Standard 1977
Thou didst set a boundary that they may not pass over; That they may not return to cover the earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over, that they not turn again to cover the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
You have set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

American King James Version
You have set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

American Standard Version
Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; That they turn not again to cover the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast set a bound which they shall not pass over; neither shall they return to cover the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou hast set a bound which they may not pass over, that they turn not again to cover the earth.

English Revised Version
Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

World English Bible
You have set a boundary that they may not pass over; that they don't turn again to cover the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
A border Thou hast set, they pass not over, They turn not back to cover the earth.
Study Bible
O Lord, My God, You are Very Great
8The mountains rose; the valleys sank down To the place which You established for them. 9You set a boundary that they may not pass over, So that they will not return to cover the earth. 10He sends forth springs in the valleys; They flow between the mountains;…
Cross References
Job 38:10
And I placed boundaries on it And set a bolt and doors,

Job 38:11
And I said, 'Thus far you shall come, but no farther; And here shall your proud waves stop '?

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;

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

You have set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

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

Genesis 9:11-15 And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh …

Job 26:10 He has compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.

Job 38:10,11 And broke up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors…

Isaiah 54:9 For this is as the waters of Noah to me: for as I have sworn that …

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

(9) A bound.--It is striking to observe what a deep impression their little line of coast, the barrier which beat off the waves of the Mediterranean, made on the Hebrew mind. The sea was an object of dread. Or if dread passes into reverent wonder, as in Psalm 104:25-26, it ends there; the Jew never took delight in the sea. Hence, the coast has for him only one purpose and suggestion. It is not for enjoyment or recreation, or even for uses of commerce. It is simply the defence set by God against the hostile waters.

Verse 9. - Thou hast set (or, didst set) a bound that they may not (rather, might not) pass over (comp. Job 38:10, 11; Jeremiah 5:22). The Deluge is for the time beyond the ken of the poet, who is singing God's greatness in nature, and in the general laws under which he has placed it. Neither turn again to cover the earth. This law, once Broken by the miracle of the Deluge, was thenceforth made absolute and inviolable (Genesis 9:15). Thou hast set a bound, that they may not pass over,.... The Targum adds,

"to the rolling waves of the sea.''

Set doors with bolts and bars, cliffs, rocks, and shores: and, what is more surprising, sand, which is penetrable, flexible, and moveable, is set as a perpetual bound to the raging ocean and its waves, which they cannot pass over: see Job 38:8. So the Lord has set a bound to the proud waters of afflictions, and says, Thus far shall ye go, and no farther; and to the life of man, which he cannot exceed, Job 14:5. But he has given man a law, as a rule to walk by, as the boundary of his conversation, and this he transgresses; in which he is less tractable than the raging sea and its waves. That they turn not again to cover the earth; as they did when it was first made, Psalm 104:6 that is, not without the divine leave and power; for they did turn again and cover the earth, at the time of the flood; but never shall more. Some think there is no need to make this exception; since this was written after the flood, and when God had swore that the waters should no more go over the earth, Isaiah 54:9. 104:1-9 Every object we behold calls on us to bless and praise the Lord, who is great. His eternal power and Godhead are clearly shown by the things which he hath made. God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. The Lord Jesus, the Son of his love, is the Light of the world.
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