Psalm 104:5

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ESV

He set the earth on its foundations,
    so that it should never be moved.

NRSV

    You set the earth on its foundations,
     so that it shall never be shaken.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

This verse was quoted to disprove Copernicus's scientific theory of Heliocentrism, and according to some accounts was significant in Giordano Bruno's trial for heresy and execution by burning at the stake. It apparently teaches that the foundations of the earth are a fact, and why they were made.

Two plain facts, apparently:

  1. God "set(s) the earth on its foundations"; and
  2. the reason why he did it (or does it) is "so that it should never be moved" (ESV) or "so that it shall never be shaken" (NRSV).

See Questions and Does the earth move? for our test-case discussion of the "problem to be resolved" of Heliocentrism, and Theistic Heliocentrism for the analogy with Theistic Evolution. Neither Astronomy nor Evolution necessarily denies the hand of God by studying natural causes and effects.

Bruce

Wider context: Psalm 104:5-9


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