26:7 empty place. The “empty place” (Hebrew tohu) probably refers to the just-created earth, which was initially “without form” (Genesis 1:2: same word, tohu). As the earth received its spherical form in response to the gravitational force systems activated when the Spirit “moved” in the presence of the primeval waters, then the north direction was defined when the earth began rotating about its axis. The north was surely “stretched out,” without limit, far into the infinite heavens.
26:7 earth upon nothing. Not only was the earth rotating, but it also began orbiting in space, suspended from the sun by “nothing” except the mysterious force of gravity acting at a distance. This verse was written at least 3500 years before Isaac Newton identified and described this force.