March 17

The Foundations of the World

Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry.

(Psalms 18:7) ESV

Our model of the interior of the Earth groups the various ways which the Hebrew words erets (earth), tebel (world) and sheol (hell) are modified in alignment with the regions of the Earth deduced from seismology.

The Earth as it would have looked at the end of the third day.

These are what we euphemistically refer to as the levels of hell.

The Levels of Hell

LevelGrave (sheol)
Pit
(sahat/bowr)
Earth (erets)World (tebel)
Crustsheoleretstebel
Mantlemibbeten sheol
tavek sheol
yerekah bowr
tachti erets
erets tachti
mowcadah tebel
Great Gulf
(outer core)
bad sheolerets beriach
matsuq erets
mayim tachath erets
Core
(inner core)
sheol tachti
tachti erets
bowr, shachath
missahat beli
mowcadar erets
– The levels of hell correspond to the four zones of the interior of the Earth.

For the purposes of our model this makes the foundation(s) of the world synonymous with the foundations of the hills, the foundations of the mountains and what we saw Jonah refer to as the bottoms of the mountains.

Biblical Synonyms for the Crust and Mantle

UsageTransliterationScripture
bottoms of the mountainsqetseb harJonah 2:6
foundations of the hillsmowcadah harPsalms 18:7
foundations of the mountainsmowcadah harDeut. 32:22
foundations of the worldmowcadah tebelPsalms 18:15
– Don’t say Google never gave you anything. Here’s one of our images as the first result in a Google search on the phrase “foundations of the mountains.
SectionTitleScripture
1March 17Psalms 18:7
2The Foundations of the WorldPsalms 18:15
3The Bottoms of the MountainsJonah 2:6
SalvationRomans 10:9-10

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