Compass: Focus and Circumference

When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,

(Proverbs 8:27) ESV

The third clue that helps us to deduce the creation of gravity comes from a verse in Proverbs 8. It’s part of a passage which runs from verse 22-31 and is a synopsis of the account of creation.

On the second day God figuratively placed a compass on the face of the deep. This is referring to the drawing instrument type of compass. They’re used to draw a circle. A circle is a form. Therefore the deep was no longer formless.

The heavens were established when the point of a metaphorical compass was set as the place where a gravitational singularity was created. The circle is the location of the firmament.

(Proverbs 8:27) Paraphrased

The subsequent account of creation shows how form and function go through several rounds of increasing order and complexity. We propose that the first ordering was accomplished through the creation of gravity.

Proverbs chapter 8:22-31 is sequential, that is to say that even though it looks like flowery poetic language it follows the step-by-step sequence that we see in Genesis 1. In the correct context of the second day, when he prepared the heavens, the phrase when he set a compass occurs. The verse is a couplet, which means that the two parts are conceptually equivalent. This means that setting a compass is preparing the heavens, they are the same creative act.

It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;

(Isaiah 40:22) KJV

Another way to render the phrase when he set a compass is when he drew a circle. We need to look at the Hebrew translated a circle to make sure that we have our concepts straight.

Circle, sphere: ח֣וּג – chug

  • to draw a circle, to circumscribe, Job 26:10.
    • masc. circle, sphere,
    • fem. compass, compasses, Is 44:13.

Davidson Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon page CCXLIX

This is where flowery poetic language becomes congruent with the orientation of under and above. A compass is a device used to draw a circle which works by inscribing a line (circumference) around a central point (focus). If the creation now has under (focus) and above (circumference) we have to ponder what physical force could cause this change to take place. It could only be gravity.


Where did you get here from?
1February 2nd – Deducing Gravity
2January 30th – Spherical is a Form
3October 24th – Principle IV
– Navigate back to where you came from.

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