The Foundations of the World

Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.

(Psalms 18:15) KJV

This post is part of the WHY? daily devotional for March

Foundation(s) of the Earth/World

UsageConceptTransliterationScripture
Greek
Foundation of the world (singular)ConceptionkataboléMat. 13:35
Rev. 13:8
Hebrew
Foundation(s) of the earthGravitational
singularity
yasad eretsIs. 48:3
mowcadah eretsIs. 24:18
Jer. 31:37
Foundations of the world (plural)Mantlemowcadah harDeu. 32:22
Ps. 18:7
mowcadah tebel2 Sa. 22:16
Ps. 18:15

Foundation(s) of the World/Earth

  1. the foundation of the world (Greek, singular)
    • conception
      • before God said let there be light,
      • the act of conception which begat God the Son.
  2. the foundation(s) of the earth (Hebrew)
    • gravitational singularity
      • the creative act of the 2nd day,
      • the inception of the core accretion model.
  3. the foundations of the world (Hebrew, plural)
    • the earth’s crust and mantle,
      • synonyms:
        1. bottoms of the mountains
        2. foundations of the hills
        3. foundations of the mountains

We illustrate a clear difference between the Hebrew erets (earth), and tebel (world). The foundations of the world (tebel) refers to the crust and mantle which was exposed as the ocean floor.

Crust and Mantle, Synonyms

UsageHebrewTransliterationScripture
bottoms of the mountainsלְקִצְבֵ֤י הָרִים֙qetseb harJonah 2:6
foundations of the hillsוּמוֹסְדֵ֣י הָרִ֣יםmowcadah harPsalms 18:7
foundations of the mountainsוּמוֹסְדֵ֣י הָרִ֣יםmowcadah harDeut. 32:22
foundations of the worldמוֹסְד֪וֹת תֵּ֫בֵ֥לmowcadah tebelPsalms 18:15

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