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The Genesis of the Universe — Science and Bible Evidence Match in its Formation

Genesis of the Universe. The meaning of the Biblical Hebrew vocabulary is more revealing than you know; it points to Big Bang
The Genesis of the Universe. The meaning of the Biblical Hebrew vocabulary is more revealing than you know, and it points to Big Bang

The Genesis of the Universe — Imagine the uproar if science and Bible evidence harmonized. Well, real data does reveal a match.

The Genesis of the Universe has many components. We’re discovering the detailed aspects of the edge of each piece of the puzzle, just as you would with any puzzle piece. Let’s see its real shape and how it assembles with the other juxtaposing pieces; this is the only way to put the puzzle together.
(Origin of the Universe, chapter 6.4)

Bible Reveals Aspects of the Formation of the Universe

Last week we studied Job 26:13 and how it expresses the concept of God’s Spirit garnishing the heavens with Job expanding on this concept by adding, “…his hand has formed (H2342) the crooked serpent.”


חוּל chûwl khool; or חִיל; a primitive root; properly, to twist or whirl (in a circular or spiral manner), i.e. (specifically) to dance, to writhe in pain (especially of parturition) or fear; figuratively, to wait, to pervert:

KJV — bear, (make to) bring forth, (make to) calve, dance, drive away, fall grievously (with pain), fear, form, great, grieve, (be) grievous, hope, look, make, be in pain, be much (sore) pained, rest, shake, shapen, (be) sorrow(-ful), stay, tarry, travail (with pain), tremble, trust, wait carefully (patiently), be wounded.

I suggested you do a study of Strong’s H2342. Look through the Bible verses that incorporate H2342 and see the usage of the various meanings. Taking the KJV translators nuances of chuwl, which I’ve emboldened above, here’s what EACH VARIANT TRANSLATION REVEALS about HOW God formed. Each is an aspect of the genesis of the Universe:

First of all, God brings forth through travail, which is a French word meaning toil, exertion or labor: “Who has heard such a thing? who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth (H2342) in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed (H2342), she brought forth her children” (Isaiah 66:8).

There are an inevitable pain and anguish involved for the nations and Job; this is not a negative concept; even excellent and great beginnings go through a definite commotion and turbulence before they see the light. Galacti reads from another part of the Bible: “My heart is sore pained (H2342) within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me” (Ps 55:4).

We advance to when God’s creation begins to take shape: “Behold, I was shapen (H2342) in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Psa 51:5).

We now come to what I consider an astonishing description of the genesis of the Universe over a couple of thousand years ago.

“And the children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives, according to their number, of them that danced (H2342), whom they caught…” (Judges 21:23). The genesis of the Universe is associated with dance. Our stage-spotlight highlights Strong’s clarifying resume, “to twist or whirl especially in a circular or spiral manner.”

The Universe twisting, whirling and dancing, especially in a circular or spiral manner.
The Universe twisting, whirling and dancing, especially in a circular or spiral manner.

Twist and whirl are the elucidation of the Biblical Hebrew word חוּל — dance.

Think of the polka, tango, jive, or modern hip-hop. Dancing is twisting and whirling. Put yourself in the place of the author and translators: how would you have summed up this process of the genesis of the Universe? Remember that it was only one hundred years ago — about 1910 — that astronomists discovered the concept of spiraling galaxies receding from the Earth.

Two other translations of H2342 help us close this short expose. Waiting patiently and hope. None of us onstage is patient, since we want to know what the point of our action is.

When something is in the process of formation–being created– it inevitably involves waiting. A good quality to possess during this time-consuming undertaking is hope. For example, a husband has to wait patiently in the hope of good news as his wife gives birth to their first child. “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently (H2342) for him…” (Psa. 37:7). “It is good that a man should both hope (H2342) and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD” (Lamentations. 3:26).

All of the above Bible verses, with their various translations of H2342, reveal the contours of this piece of the puzzle. It’s form and shape. As we begin to get a more global comprehension, this coherent completeness comes more into focus.

Put the fuller meaning of formed (H2342) from Job 26:13 together. It incorporates the notions of: travail with anguish and pain as the result takes shape while it twists and whirls in a circular manner waiting patiently with hope that the outcome will meet the expectations.

Galacti thinks this is a mouthful — especially for a single Hebrew word! Nevertheless, he sees, as do we, that the creation of the universe involved all these planned steps and emotive attitudes.

We also understand that the genesis of the universe, according to Big Bang, takes on the scenario of whirling particles following circular motions spiraling out in ever-larger patterns patiently over time until, for example, we have our own Milky Way spiral galaxy. In other words, the Bible uses Hebrew words associated with the formation of the universe!

Bible Reference to Elementary Particles

The audience has a question. ‘OK, fair enough. We can see that the Bible seems to be describing the Big Bang. But what about those elementary particles you spent time describing in Chapter 1 of Inventory? No one understood elementary particles until Ernest Rutherford, Niels Bohr, and Einstein in the early 1900’s’.

To answer this, let’s view yet another related word to formed from the same Hebrew root 2342:


חוֹל chôwl khole; from H2342 (חוּל); sand (as round or whirling particles):

KJV — sand.

Notice that H2344 derives from H2342–our primitive root about formation; this is an additional descriptive element of formed: sand, as round or whirling particles. Note the concept of what sand is. In my mind, ‘whirling particles’ is also an incredible definition of molecules, atoms, protons, and even quarks. The Hebrew word formed encompasses specifically this meaning of ‘sand’ or round specks of matter.

Here’s another context revealing the quantitative magnitude of these particles: “As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand (H2344) of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David, my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me,” (Jer. 33:22).

We now have a majestic cosmos formed by whirling particles that is taking shape over some time. Flashback to 10–6 seconds, or one-millionth of a second after Big Bang when elementary particles are flipping about and careening into each other like a roller derby. Leap to 30,000 years after the Big Bang when atomic nuclei form, but sand particle electrons won’t join the dance and bond with the nuclei.

As we run the video of the universe, electrons do bond with atomic nuclei and atoms form. Eventually, stars kindle into being, with the heavy elements created in the whirling particle dance. Our own Sun develops, and the planets become solid, achieving their unique characteristics, in particular, the earth with its pluperfect conditions for supporting life. Before all of our present macrocosms can emerge, this cosmos begins with that whirling particle dance.

That’s the Biblical Hebrew story of ‘חוּל chûwl — Strong’s 2342‘–formed. Catch your breath, imagine and meditate on that.

Galacti wants to know how Job’s translated words ‘gliding’ and ‘crooked’ figure in this strange play we’re acting.

I reassure him that they are more important than he knows.

This article is an excerpt from chapter 6.4 of the book Origin of the Universe

Further Study

I suggest you go over to and look up all the verses in this blog post. Check them out and see for yourself that all the italicized words are related to the Biblical Hebrew root word חוּל chûwl — Strong’s 2342.

Look at the usage of each translation in these verses. Get the feel of how one Biblical Hebrew word can be used in a different context, but with ASSOCIATED MEANINGS. Begin to see how these Biblical Hebrew words tell stories.

Look at some of the translations for 2342 that I did not use in this blog. Use Strong’s to locate them in the KJV. Read the verses and see how they tie in and add even more depth to the meaning of how God formed the Universe.

You can read all of the book Origin of the Universe online. Sam blogs weekly at The Explanation masters Biblical Hebrew to help you unlock more in-depth Bible meaning. Free tools to read and study the Bible online.



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