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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CommentaryClarke'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
LibraryThe 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 There Should have Been Man Ceremonial Precepts?
"And we all do Fade as a Leaf, and Our Iniquities, Like the Wind, have Taken us Away. "
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,
As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so one who goes down to the grave does not return.
Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.
"Is not God in the heights of heaven? And see how lofty are the highest stars!
The realm of the dead is naked before God; Destruction lies uncovered.
Look up at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you.
The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.
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