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Atoms: The Dust of the World?

Speaking about wisdom, and its institution before time itself, Proverbs chapter 8 says: “I was set up from everlasting… While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.” — Or, broken down in Hebrew, “the chief dust of the earth”.

An interesting sidenote is that King Solomon, widely regarded as the wisest man on earth, wrote this proverb in the first person as wisdom itself.

Now, what is the “Chief Dust of the Earth”?

Well, at the time this was written, science had not yet discovered the atomic structure of everything that makes up the universe. We now know that everything tangible that we see around us is comprised of atoms with their system of electrons, protons, and neutrons. But it wasn’t until the 1980s that we developed the technology to visualize the tiny atoms, and indeed, the chief dust of the Earth is pretty impressive:

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One single drop of water contains around six sextillion atoms! That’s two sextillion oxygen atoms and four sextillion hydrogen atoms. That’s a six with twentyone zeroes after it.

The Bible knew best and King Solomon spoke of the particles that make up this world long before science caught up with biblical truth.

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With a unique combination of creation science and Biblical astronomy, David has built a solid case for our Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ–and the world is taking notice. Host of the weekly TV show "Creation in the 21st Century" on TBN, and author of the book "Wonders Without Number".

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