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Pillars of the Earth

EARTH, PILLARS OF THE (עַמּוּדִ֖ים, pillars, columns). A poetic expression occurring only twice. Job 9:6 speaks of the trembling of the earth’s pillars during an earthquake. In Psalm 75:3, there is also an “adjustment” of the pillars at the dissolving of the earth. Heaven’s pillars “tremble” at the rebuke of God (Job 26:11). Some scholars insist that these references must mean that the Hebrews conceived of a world supported by literal pillars. A more general sense of “rocky foundations” is more probable. They, also, are said to tremble (Isa 24:18).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

See Astronomy, sec. III, 2.

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