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Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Old A.S. faethm, "bosom, " or the outstretched arms), a span of six feet (Acts 27:28). Gr. orguia (from orego, "I stretch"), the distance between the extremities of both arms fully stretched out.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) A measure of length, containing six feet; the space to which a man can extend his arms; -- used chiefly in measuring cables, cordage, and the depth of navigable water by soundings.

2. (n.) The measure or extant of one's capacity; depth, as of intellect; profundity; reach; penetration.

3. (v. t.) To encompass with the arms extended or encircling; to measure by throwing the arms about; to span.

4. (n.) The measure by a sounding line; especially, to sound the depth of; to penetrate, measure, and comprehend; to get to the bottom of.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

fath'-um (orguia): The literal meaning is the length of the outstretched arms, and it was regarded as equal to 4 cubits, or about 6 feet. (Acts 27:28).


3712. orguia -- a fathom (the length of the outstretched arms)
... a fathom (the length of the outstretched arms). Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: orguia Phonetic Spelling: (org-wee-ah') Short Definition: a ...
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What to do with Doubt
... mysteries of His providence. In the natural world we are constantly surrounded
with mysteries that we cannot fathom. The very humblest ...
//christianbookshelf.org/white/steps to christ/chapter 12 what to do.htm

Love in the Triune Being of God.
... " And this is a mystery that men and angels fail to fathom. ... We can not describe or
analyze it; we can not fathom or penetrate its hidden essence. ...
/.../kuyper/the work of the holy spirit/xviii love in the triune.htm

The Eternity of God
... who can fathom it? Mariners have their plummets to measure the depths of the sea;
but what line or plummet shall we use to fathom the depth of eternity? ...
//christianbookshelf.org/watson/a body of divinity/3 the eternity of god.htm

Salvation: Grace: Faith
... I have said that we should try to make an effort to fathom the depth of meaning
in this and other familiar commonplace terms of Scripture. ...
/.../expositions of holy scripture ephesians peter/salvation grace faith.htm

The Cause and Cure of Earthquakes
... into the sea; and, in two minutes time, shook down and destroyed nine-tenths of
the town of Port Royal; the houses sunk outright thirty or forty fathom deep! ...
/.../wesley/sermons on several occasions/sermon 129 the cause and.htm

His Past Work.
... The incarnation is a deep mystery, the depths of which human reason can never
fathom. We must approach it in the spirit of deep reverence. ...
//christianbookshelf.org/gaebelein/the work of christ/i his past work.htm

The Beatific vision. (Continued. )
... We shall, therefore, endeavor to fathom the meaning of St. ... Endeavor to fathom the
bliss of the saints when they see themselves like God in so eminent a degree. ...
/.../boudreaux/the happiness of heaven/chapter ii the beatific vision.htm

"Love that Passeth Knowledge. "
... Who can fathom the depth of those words: "God so loved the world?" We can
never scale the heights of His love or fathom its depths. ...
/.../moody/the way to god and how to find it/chapter i love that passeth.htm

"Love and I" --A Mystery
... navigation of this sea. It is not a creek or bay, but the main ocean itself.
We cannot hope to fathom its depths. This is true of ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 28 1882/love and ia mystery.htm

The Shortest of the Seven Cries
... meaning in each utterance which no man shall be able fully to bring forth, and when
combined they make up a vast deep of thought, which no human line can fathom ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 24 1878/the shortest of the seven.htm

Fathom (5 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. FATHOM. ... (Acts 27:28). See WEIGHTS AND MEASURES.
Multi-Version Concordance Fathom (5 Occurrences). ...
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Fathomed (2 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (imp. & pp) of Fathom. Multi-Version Concordance
Fathomed (2 Occurrences). Job 5:9 who does great things ...
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Depths (56 Occurrences)
... (WEB JPS ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV). Job 11:7 "Can you fathom the mystery of
God? Or can you probe the limits of the Almighty? (See NAS). ...
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Mysteries (11 Occurrences)
... and of want. (WEY). Job 11:7 "Can you fathom the mystery of God? Or can
you probe the limits of the Almighty? (See NIV). Job 12:22 ...
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Plumb (6 Occurrences)
... sound with a plumb or plummet, as the depth of water; hence, to examine by test;
to ascertain the depth, quality, dimension, etc.; to sound; to fathom; to test ...
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Probe (6 Occurrences)
... after my sin? (See NIV). Job 11:7 "Can you fathom the mystery of God? Or can
you probe the limits of the Almighty? (WEB NIV). Psalms 17 ...
/p/probe.htm - 8k

Sound (1245 Occurrences)
... Sound. 13. (vt) To measure the depth of; to fathom; especially, to ascertain
the depth of by means of a line and plummet. 14. (vt ...
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Span (14 Occurrences)
... 1. (v.) imp. & pp of Spin. 2. (n.) The space from the thumb to the end of the
little finger when extended; nine inches; eighth of a fathom. ...
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Snow (25 Occurrences)
... elements of Nature is often brought out in the Old Testament: "For he saith to the
snow, Fall thou on the earth" (Job 37:6); but man cannot fathom the works of ...
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Fathom (5 Occurrences)

1 Corinthians 13:2
If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don't have love, I am nothing.
(See NIV)

Job 11:7
"Can you fathom the mystery of God? Or can you probe the limits of the Almighty?

Psalms 145:3
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his power may never be searched out.
(See NIV)

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything right in its time; but he has made their hearts without knowledge, so that man is unable to see the works of God, from the first to the last.
(See NIV)

Isaiah 40:28
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard? The God of the age -- Jehovah, Preparer of the ends of the earth, Is not wearied nor fatigued, There is no searching of His understanding.
(See NIV)



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