Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Isaiah 40:12

Context
NET ©

Who has measured out the waters 1  in the hollow of his hand, or carefully 2  measured the sky, 3  or carefully weighed 4  the soil of the earth, or weighed the mountains in a balance, or the hills on scales? 5 

NIV ©

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?

NASB ©

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, And marked off the heavens by the span, And calculated the dust of the earth by the measure, And weighed the mountains in a balance And the hills in a pair of scales?

NLT ©

Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed out the mountains and the hills?

MSG ©

Who has scooped up the ocean in his two hands, or measured the sky between his thumb and little finger, Who has put all the earth's dirt in one of his baskets, weighed each mountain and hill?

BBE ©

In the hollow of whose hand have the waters been measured? and who is able to take the heavens in his stretched-out fingers? who has got together the dust of the earth in a measure? who has taken the weight of the mountains, or put the hills into the scales?

NRSV ©

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?

NKJV ©

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, Measured heaven with a span And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales And the hills in a balance?


KJV
Who hath measured
<04058> (8804)
the waters
<04325>
in the hollow of his hand
<08168>_,
and meted out
<08505> (8765)
heaven
<08064>
with the span
<02239>_,
and comprehended
<03557> (8804)
the dust
<06083>
of the earth
<0776>
in a measure
<07991>_,
and weighed
<08254> (8804)
the mountains
<02022>
in scales
<06425>_,
and the hills
<01389>
in a balance
<03976>_?
{a measure: Heb. a tierce}
NASB ©
Who
<04310>
has measured
<04058>
the waters
<04325>
in the hollow
<08168>
of His hand
<08168>
, And marked
<08505>
off
<08505>
the heavens
<08064>
by the span
<02239>
, And calculated
<03557>
the dust
<06083>
of the earth
<0776>
by the measure
<07991>
, And weighed
<08254>
the mountains
<02022>
in a balance
<06425>
And the hills
<01389>
in a pair of scales
<03976>
?
HEBREW
Mynzamb
<03976>
twebgw
<01389>
Myrh
<02022>
olpb
<06425>
lqsw
<08254>
Urah
<0776>
rpe
<06083>
slsb
<07991>
lkw
<03557>
Nkt
<08505>
trzb
<02239>
Mymsw
<08064>
Mym
<04325>
wlesb
<08168>
ddm
<04058>
ym (40:12)
<04310>
LXXM
tiv
<5100
I-NSM
emetrhsen
<3354
V-AAI-3S
th
<3588
T-DSF
ceiri
<5495
N-DSF
to
<3588
T-ASN
udwr
<5204
N-ASN
kai
<2532
CONJ
ton
<3588
T-ASM
ouranon
<3772
N-ASM
spiyamh {N-DSF} kai
<2532
CONJ
pasan
<3956
A-ASF
thn
<3588
T-ASF
ghn
<1065
N-ASF
draki {N-DSF} tiv
<5100
I-NSM
esthsen
<2476
V-AAI-3S
ta
<3588
T-APN
orh
<3735
N-APN
staymw {N-DSM} kai
<2532
CONJ
tav
<3588
T-APF
napav {N-APF} zugw
<2218
N-DSM
NET © [draft] ITL
Who
<04310>
has measured
<04058>
out the waters
<04325>
in the hollow of his hand
<08168>
, or carefully measured
<08505>
the sky
<08064>
, or carefully weighed
<07991>
the soil
<06083>
of the earth
<0776>
, or weighed
<08254>
the mountains
<02022>
in a balance
<06425>
, or the hills
<01389>
on scales
<03976>
?
NET ©

Who has measured out the waters 1  in the hollow of his hand, or carefully 2  measured the sky, 3  or carefully weighed 4  the soil of the earth, or weighed the mountains in a balance, or the hills on scales? 5 

NET © Notes

tn The Qumran scroll 1QIsaa has מי ים (“waters of the sea”), a reading followed by NAB.

tn Heb “with a span.” A “span” was the distance between the ends of the thumb and the little finger of the spread hand” (BDB 285 s.v. זֶרֶת).

tn Or “the heavens.” The Hebrew term שָׁמַיִם (shamayim) may be translated “heavens” or “sky” depending on the context.

tn Heb “or weighed by a third part [of a measure].”

sn The implied answer to the rhetorical questions of v. 12 is “no one but the Lord. The Lord, and no other, created the world. Like a merchant weighing out silver or commodities on a scale, the Lord established the various components of the physical universe in precise proportions.



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