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While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

8:26 highest part. The “dust of the world” probably has the same meaning as the “dust of the ground,” from which Adam’s body had been formed by God (Genesis 2:7). The “highest part” [that is, ‘chief part’] of this dust of the world—that is, the basic elements of matter from which all things are made—could be either the most complex combinations of matter or, more likely, the particles of dust high in the earth’s upper atmosphere.

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