To Sink, Sank
Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the house leaks.(Ecclesiastes 10:18) ESV
We (that’s me and the Holy spirit) connect the phrases “established the world” and “set fast the mountains” with sinking down. This is the second Hebrew word for gravity in the context of the second day of creation.
We charged around like a bull in the China Shop of theoretical physics and wrecked whatever needed to be wrecked. We should be even-handed and go into the sacred tabernacle of theology and wreck it too. We’re going to go digging for gravity with Hypothesis 21.
We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.– Matty’s Razor
- IF the initial ordering of creation was the inception of gravity,
- AND this caused the deep to change from formless to spherical,
- THEN the concept of gravity will occur in scripture in the context of the 2nd day.
Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.(Isaiah 48:13) KJV
He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.(Jeremiah 10:12, 51:15) KJV
We’re deducing a Biblical theory of gravity so let’s use this frame of mind to examine the Hebrew words used in the narrative of the second day. We’re going to bring out the meaning of the words rather than attempt to impute one to them. This is called exegesis. The passage above from Jeremiah refers to stretched out the heavens in context with hath established the world. This type of verse is an example of the Hebrew couplet. Isaiah uses the phrase stretched forth the heavens in context with laid the foundations of the earth.
- IF Jeremiah and Isaiah are using couplets,
- AND the two parts of the couplet are related by form and content,
- THEN established the world and laid the foundations of the earth are equivalent.
We need to tabulate some couplets so that we can see all of the different words which have been used to refer to these concepts. There are at least 8 verses which are couplets that show us synchronicity between the foundation of the world and stretching out the heavens.
The Creative Act of the 2nd Day
|1||the work of thy hands||Psalms 102:25|
|2||established the heavens||Proverbs 3:19|
|3||prepared the heavens||Proverbs 8:27|
|4||spanned the heavens||Isaiah 48:13|
|5||stretched forth the heavens||Isaiah 51:13|
|6||plant the heavens||Isaiah 51:16|
|7||stretched out the heavens||Jeremiah 10:12, 51:15|
|8||stretcheth forth the heavens||Zechariah 12:1|
|1||laid the foundation of the earth||Psalms 102:25|
|2||founded the earth||Proverbs 3:19|
|3||set a compass on the face of the depth||Proverbs 8:27|
|4||laid the foundation of the earth||Isaiah 48:13|
|5||laid the foundations of the earth||Isaiah 51:13|
|6||lay the foundations of the earth||Isaiah 51:16|
|7||established the world||Jeremiah 10:12, 51:15|
|8||layeth the foundation of the earth||Zechariah 12:1|
Now we need to fix a spellyng mystaque. We’ve discovered, and can define, a new word. We found this word under an obsolete root for water. The alphabetical placement for it is under a root, makak, that means to sink. Given our context, the creation of a gravitational singularity in the midst of the deep on the second day, the word means to sink, in water. This is a second Hebrew word for gravity. We’re accumulating them. The development of the idea that the ancient Hebrews had a concept of what gravity is is summarized in the post the Hebrew for gravity.
In today’s featured verse, Ecclesiastes 10:18, our concept of gravity is translated as sinks in, and is illustrated by the idea that things fall down. It’s pictured for us as the house of a lazy man being so neglected that the roof falls in. Water is dropping through the fallen roof.
To Sink, Sank – Navigation
|1||To Sink, Sank||Ecclesiastes 10:18|
|2||The Hebrew Couplet||Isaiah 48:13|
|3||To sink, sank: יִמַּ֣ךְ – makak||Ecclesiastes 10:18|
|4||A Spellyng Mystaque||Jeremiah 10:12, 51:15|
|5||The Hebrew for Gravity||2 Corinthians 2:10|
Read through the Bible in a year
|Reading plan||February 4|