Proverbs 8:29
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,

Berean Study Bible
when He set a boundary for the sea, so that the waters would not surpass 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:

New King James Version
When He assigned to the sea its limit, So that the waters would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth,

New American Standard Bible
When He set a boundary for the sea So that the water would not violate His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth;

NASB 1995
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;

NASB 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;

Amplified Bible
When He set for the sea its boundary So that the waters would not transgress [the boundaries set by] His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth—

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.

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.

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;

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,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and when he strengthened the foundations of the earth:

Contemporary English Version
I was there when he set boundaries for the sea to make it obey him, and when he laid foundations to support 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;

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:

Good News Translation
and ordered the waters of the sea to rise no further than he said. I was there when he laid the earth's foundations.

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,

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.

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;

Literal Standard Version
In His setting for the sea its limit, And the waters do not transgress His command, In His decreeing the foundations of 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;

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Excellence of Wisdom
28when He established the clouds above, when the fountains of the deep gushed forth, 29when He set a boundary for the sea, so that the waters would not surpass His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth. 30Then I was a skilled craftsman at His side, and His delight day by day, rejoicing always in His presence.…

Cross References
Job 26:10
He has inscribed a horizon on the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness.

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

Job 38:5
Who fixed its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched a measuring line across it?

Job 38:6
On what were its foundations set, or who laid its cornerstone,

Job 38:8
Who enclosed the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb,

Job 38:10
when I fixed its boundaries and set in place its bars and doors,

Psalm 104:5
He set the earth on its foundations, never to be moved.


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 unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so…

Job 38:8-11
Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? …

Psalm 33:7
He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.

when he appointed

Job 38:4-7
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding…









(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?"

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
when He set
בְּשׂ֘וּמ֤וֹ (bə·śū·mōw)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

a boundary
חֻקּ֗וֹ (ḥuq·qōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 2706: Something prescribed or owed, a statute

for the sea,
לַיָּ֨ם ׀ (lay·yām)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3220: A sea, the Mediterranean Sea, large river, an artifical basin

so that the waters
וּ֭מַיִם (ū·ma·yim)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

would not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

surpass
יַֽעַבְרוּ־ (ya·‘aḇ·rū-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 5674: To pass over, through, or by, pass on

His command,
פִ֑יו (p̄îw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

when He marked out
בְּ֝חוּק֗וֹ (bə·ḥū·qōw)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 2710: To hack, engrave, to enact, prescribe

the foundations
מ֣וֹסְדֵי (mō·ws·ḏê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 4144: A foundation

of the earth.
אָֽרֶץ׃ (’ā·reṣ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land


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