New International Version
I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
King James Bible
When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
Darby Bible Translation
When he prepared the heavens I was there; when he ordained the circle upon the face of the deep;
World English Bible
When he established the heavens, I was there; when he set a circle on the surface of the deep,
Young's Literal Translation
In His preparing the heavens I am there, In His decreeing a circle on the face of the deep,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
When he prepared the heavens, I was there - For there is no part of the creation of God in which wisdom, skill, contrivance, are more manifest, than in the construction of the visible heavens.
When he set a compass upon the face of the depth - Does not this refer to the establishment of the law of gravitation? by which all the particles of matter, tending to a common center, would produce in all bodies the orbicular form, which we see them have; so that even the waters are not only retained within their boundaries, but are subjected to the circular form, in their great aggregate of seas, as other parts of matter are. This is called here making a compass, בחקו חוג bechukko chug, sweeping a circle; and even this on the face of the deep, to bring the chaotic mass into form, regularity, and order.
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compass or encircle
'That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance.'--PROVERBS viii. 21. The word here rendered 'substance' is peculiar. Indeed, it is used in a unique construction in this passage. It means 'being' or 'existence,' and seems to have been laid hold of by the Hebrew thinkers, from whom the books commonly called 'the Wisdom Books' come, as one of their almost technical expressions. 'Substance' may be used in our translation in its philosophical meaning as the supposed reality underlying appearances, …
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He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness.
By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place;
before he made the world or its fields or any of the dust of the earth.
when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
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