Psalm 18:9-11, 15-18

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He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.
10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

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15 Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.
16 He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.
17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.
18 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.


15 Then the channels of the sea were seen,

and the foundations of the world were laid bare
at your rebuke, O Lord,
at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
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"Riding upon the wings of the wind"

See The Cloud Rider.

For the literal bowing of the heavens (verse 9) consider this NET Bible note to Psalm 144:5:

a tn The Hebrew verb נָטָה (natah) can carry the sense "to [cause to] bend; to [cause to] bow down." For example, Gen 49:15 pictures Issachar as a donkey that "bends" its shoulder or back under a burden. Here the Lord causes the sky, pictured as a dome or vault, to sink down as he descends in the storm. See Ps 18:9.

Geocentrism in the Bible

Reading verse 15 literally we see that the psalmist clearly accepts that the earth is immobile, fixed on firm foundations as taught in many passages of Scripture. This geocentric language of the Bible is contrary to the heliocentric model accepted by modern science. See Theistic Heliocentrism for the comparison between Heliocentrism and Evolution.

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A Creation Record

The Primal Sea at the time of the end

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