What is the meaning of "knows the weight of earth" in Isaiah 40:12, or as some translations render it, "comprehended the dust of the earth"? I mean does that that we today know the weight of the earth and know everything about it so we, "comprehended the earth" shatters the uniquenes of God?

Sorry for my English, it is my second language.

  • 1
    No apology necessary. we are all here to help.
    – Dottard
    Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 0:17

1 Answer 1


Who hath measured in the hollow of his hand the waters? And the heavens by a span hath meted out, And comprehended in a measure the dust of the earth, And hath weighed in scales the mountains, And the hills in a balance? Who hath meted out the Spirit of Jehovah, And, being His counsellor, doth teach Him! With whom consulted He, That he causeth Him to understand? And teacheth Him in the path of judgment, And teacheth Him knowledge? And the way of understanding causeth Him to know? - Isaiah 40:12-14

The passage is about God's unique pre-eminence.

The language is figurative; "The water of the earth were measured in His hand".

The question is expecting a negative response; Who has shown, taught, or helped God do these things?

The answer is; No one.

  • Yes, agreed. +1. Job is being put in his place. These are not hypothetical questions. They demand the answer that you have given : none but God knows such things as these !
    – Nigel J
    Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 21:21
  • I think the OP a makes a valid point. Today scientists claim to have the answers to these questions. Does it therefore nullify God’s uniqueness? Or if NigelJ is correct then it would follow that science today is incorrect Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 0:37
  • Yeah, that is exactly what I mean.
    – SzymonG
    Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 10:46
  • 2
    @NihilSineDeo If, by scientists today, you refer to a body of educated professionals positing entirely naturalistic origins of all that there is without need of an ultimate supernatural source then, yes, scientists today are wrong. Everything is held together by the word of His power and human knowledge cannot comprehend that. Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 13:02

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.