Job 11:9

9 Stretching farther than earth's horizons, far wider than the endless ocean.

Job 11:9 Meaning and Commentary

Job 11:9

The measure thereof [is] longer than the earth, and broader
than the sea.
] Length is generally ascribed to the earth, and width to the sea; the ends of the earth are used for a great distance, and the sea is called the great and wide sea; see F11 ( Psalms 72:1 ) ( 104:25 ) ; but God and his perfections, particularly his wisdom and understanding, are infinite, ( Psalms 147:5 ) ; and will admit of no dimensions; as his love, so his wisdom, has an height which cannot be reached, a depth that cannot be fathomed, and a length and breadth immeasurable; see ( Ephesians 3:18 ) ; from hence it appears that God is omniscient, omnipresent, and incomprehensible; and since he is to be found in Christ, and in him only, it is in vain for us to seek for him elsewhere: next the sovereignty of God is discoursed of.


F11 "Quid oceano longius inveriri potest", Cicero. Orat. 36.

Job 11:9 In-Context

7 "Do you think you can explain the mystery of God? Do you think you can diagram God Almighty?
8 God is far higher than you can imagine, far deeper than you can comprehend,
9 Stretching farther than earth's horizons, far wider than the endless ocean.
10 If he happens along, throws you in jail then hauls you into court, can you do anything about it?
11 He sees through vain pretensions, spots evil a long way off - no one pulls the wool over his eyes!
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