Proverbs 3:19

Hebrew Bible

17 Her ways are very pleasant, and all her paths are peaceful. 18 She is like a tree of life to those who grasp onto her, and everyone who takes hold of her will be blessed. 19 By wisdom the Lord laid the foundation of the earth; he established the heavens by understanding. 20 By his knowledge the primordial sea was broken open, so that the clouds drip down dew. 21 My child, do not let them escape from your sight; safeguard sound wisdom and discretion.

Psalm 104:24

Hebrew Bible

22 When the sun rises, they withdraw and sleep in their dens. 23 People then go out to do their work, and they labor until evening. 24 How many living things you have made, O Lord! You have exhibited great skill in making all of them; the earth is full of the living things you have made. 25 Over here is the deep, wide sea, which teems with innumerable swimming creatures, living things both small and large.

 Notes and References

"... In Isaiah 66:1–2 YHWH declares, “The heavens are my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What sort of house might you build for me? Where might be my resting place?” The individual metaphors “throne” and “footstool” do not stand alone but imply the entire “house,” that is, the cosmos itself. This is clearly implied by the merismus “heavens” and “earth,” and is made explicit in verse 2. Ironically, “throne” and “footstool” suggest that the cosmos itself is not a big enough house for God (compare 1 Kings 8:27). Similarly, the homology of temple and cosmos is implicit in Isaiah 6:1–8, as shown in the triple parallelism of “filling” the “house” with robe and smoke and the earth with glory (compare Exodus 40:34–35; 1 Kings 8:11). Psalm 104:24 summarizes the wise acts of making and filling well: “How many are the things You have made, O Lord; You made them all with wisdom, / The earth is full of your creatures” (compare Proverbs 1:13; 3:20; 9:2, 5; 24:3; 31:15) ..."

Van Leeuwen, Raymond C. "Cosmos, Temple, House: Building and Wisdom in Ancient Mesopotamia and Israel" in Ellis, Richard S., et al. (eds.) From the Foundations to the Crenellations: Essays on Temple Building in the Ancient Near East and Hebrew Bible (pp. 399-421) Ugarit-Verlag, 2010

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