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Job 9:8 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— That alone stretcheth out the heavens, And treadeth upon the waves of the sea;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Who alone stretches out the heavens And tramples down the waves of the sea;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Who alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Who alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the high waves of the sea;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Who spreadeth out fire heavens, by himself alone! and marcheth along, on the heights of the sea;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Stretching out the heavens by Himself, And treading on the heights of the sea,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Who alone spreadeth out the heavens, and walketh upon the waves of the sea.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Which alone spreadeth out the heauens, and treadeth vpon the waues of the Sea.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Who alone has stretched out the heavens, and walks on the sea as on firm ground.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Which alone x905
(0905) Complement
From H0909; properly separation; by implication a part of the body, branch of a tree, bar for carrying; figuratively chief of a city; especially (with prepositional prefix) as adverb, apart, only, besides.
spreadeth out 5186
{5186} Prime
A primitive root; to stretch or spread out; by implication to bend away (including moral deflection); used in a great variety of applications.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
the heavens, 8064
{8064} Prime
The second form being dual of an unused singular; from an unused root meaning to be lofty; the sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve).
and treadeth 1869
{1869} Prime
A primitive root; to tread; by implication to walk; also to string a bow (by treading on it in bending).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
upon x5921
(5921) Complement
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
the waves 1116
{1116} Prime
From an unused root (meaning to be high); an elevation.
of the sea. 3220
{3220} Prime
From an unused root meaning to roar; a sea (as breaking in noisy surf) or large body of water; specifically (with the article) the Mediterranean; sometimes a large river, or an artificial basin; locally, the west, or (rarely) the south.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 9:8

_ _ spreadeth out — (Isaiah 40:22; Psalms 104:2). But throughout it is not so much God’s creating, as His governing, power over nature that is set forth. A storm seems a struggle between Nature and her Lord! Better, therefore, “Who boweth the heavens alone,” without help of any other. God descends from the bowed-down heaven to the earth (Psalms 18:9). The storm, wherein the clouds descend, suggests this image. In the descent of the vault of heaven, God has come down from His high throne and walks majestically over the mountain waves (Hebrew, “heights”), as a conqueror taming their violence. So “tread upon” (Deuteronomy 33:29; Amos 4:13; Matthew 14:26). The Egyptian hieroglyphic for impossibility is a man walking on waves.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 9:1-13.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 9:8

Who. &c. — A farther description of a black and tempestuous season, wherein the heavens seem to be brought down nearer to the earth. Treadeth — Represseth and ruleth them when they rage and are tempestuous: for treading upon any thing, signifies in scripture using power and dominion over it.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Job 37:18 Hast thou with him spread out the sky, [which is] strong, [and] as a molten looking glass?
Genesis 1:6-7 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. ... And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which [were] under the firmament from the waters which [were] above the firmament: and it was so.
Psalms 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
Psalms 104:2-3 Who coverest [thyself] with light as [with] a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: ... Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
Isaiah 40:22 [It is] he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof [are] as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
Isaiah 42:5 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:
Isaiah 44:24 Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I [am] the LORD that maketh all [things]; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;
Jeremiah 10:11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, [even] they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.
Zechariah 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.


Job 38:11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
Psalms 93:3-4 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. ... The LORD on high [is] mightier than the noise of many waters, [yea, than] the mighty waves of the sea.
Matthew 14:25-30 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. ... But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
John 6:19 So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.

Heb. heights
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Gn 1:6. Jb 37:18; 38:11. Ps 33:6; 93:3; 104:2. Is 40:22; 42:5; 44:24. Jr 10:11. Zc 12:1. Mt 14:25. Jn 6:19.

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