Job 11:8
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New International Version
They are higher than the heavens above--what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below--what can you know?

King James Bible
It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?

Darby Bible Translation
[It is as] the heights of heaven; what wilt thou do? deeper than Sheol; what canst thou know?

World English Bible
They are high as heaven. What can you do? They are deeper than Sheol. What can you know?

Young's Literal Translation
Heights of the heavens! -- what dost thou? Deeper than Sheol! -- what knowest thou?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

It is as high as heaven - High as the heavens, what canst thou work? Deep below sheol, (the invisible world), what canst thou know? Long beyond the earth, and broad beyond the sea, is its measure. These are instances in the immensity of created things, and all out of the reach of human power and knowledge; and if these things are so, how incomprehensible must he be, who designed, created, preserves, and governs the whole!

We find the same thought in Milton: -

"These are thy glorious works, Parent of good!

Almighty! Thine this universal frame:

How wondrous fair! Thyself how wondrous then!"

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

It is as high as heaven. Heb. the heights of heaven

Job 22:12 Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!

Job 35:5 Look to the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than you.

2 Chronicles 6:18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain you...

Psalm 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

Psalm 148:13 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

Proverbs 25:2,3 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter...

Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

deeper

Job 26:6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction has no covering.

Psalm 139:6-8 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain to it...

Amos 9:2 Though they dig into hell, there shall my hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, there will I bring them down:

Ephesians 3:18,19 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height...

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The Eternity and Unchangeableness of God.
Exod. iii. 14.--"I AM THAT I AM."--Psal. xc. 2.--"Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting thou art God."--Job xi. 7-9.--"Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea." This is the chief point of saving knowledge,
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Whether God is a Body
Whether God is a Body We proceed to the first article thus: 1. It seems that God is a body. For what has three dimensions is a body, and sacred Scripture attributes three dimensions to God, as in Job 11:8-9: "It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea." God is therefore a body. 2. Again, everything that has figure is a body, since figure is a mode of quantity. Now it seems that God has
Aquinas—Nature and Grace

Whether There Should have Been Man Ceremonial Precepts?
Objection 1: It would seem that there should not have been many ceremonial precepts. For those things which conduce to an end should be proportionate to that end. But the ceremonial precepts, as stated above ([2105]AA[1],2), are ordained to the worship of God, and to the foreshadowing of Christ. Now "there is but one God, of Whom are all things . . . and one Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom are all things" (1 Cor. 8:6). Therefore there should not have been many ceremonial precepts. Objection 2: Further,
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

"And we all do Fade as a Leaf, and Our Iniquities, Like the Wind, have Taken us Away. "
Isaiah lxiv. 6.--"And we all do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." Here they join the punishment with the deserving cause, their uncleanness and their iniquities, and so take it upon them, and subscribe to the righteousness of God's dealing. We would say this much in general--First, Nobody needeth to quarrel God for his dealing. He will always be justified when he is judged. If the Lord deal more sharply with you than with others, you may judge there is a difference
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Cross References
Ephesians 3:18
may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,

Job 7:9
As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so one who goes down to the grave does not return.

Job 11:9
Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.

Job 22:12
"Is not God in the heights of heaven? And see how lofty are the highest stars!

Job 26:6
The realm of the dead is naked before God; Destruction lies uncovered.

Job 35:5
Look up at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you.

Job 37:23
The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.

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