Pathways of the Deep
King David is one of the most revered and beloved characters in biblical history. A
warrior, poet, prophet and King David wrote many psalms, or songs. In one
particular psalm, David says something about nature that we can examine in more
Psalm 8:8 (NIV3)
8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
Psalm 8:8 (NAS2)
8 the birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, whatever passes through the
paths of the seas.
Psalm 8:8 (KJV1)
8 the foul of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the
paths of the seas.
This ancient passage describes paths in the sea that can be swum by fish and
other sea life. Are there such pathways? Do fish and other types of ocean life use
these pathways to move about? The answer to both of these questions is yes!
Only studied in detail for the last hundred years, ocean currents course through all
the oceans of the Earth. Even the tides form current paths as they rise and fall.
Science has only recently begun to understand these important global features.
While some knowledge of currents was common in the ancient world, it is hard to
imagine any ancient mariner describing them as pathways used by fish. And it is
doubtless that the ancients did not know about deepwater currents so important
to life in and out of the water. Life has been exploiting these currents since life has
been in the oceans. Fish use the currents to save energy on long ocean
migrations and plankton are carried by currents throughout the oceans.
Thousands of years ago, the Bible described these pathways, not in scientific
terms, but in language that was and is true. This passage from the Psalms
describes something that had never been seen by anyone, and describes fish and
other, unspecified travelers traveling through it. This passage is true in every
nuance and detail! Not only do fish swim these unseen pathways, but life that no
one in the ancient world had ever seen or heard about travel these pathways in
Science & The Bible
1 KJV Gift & Award Bible, Revised. Grand Rapids Michigan: Zondervan Corp.
2 New American Standard Bible, Text Edition Anaheim California: Foundation
3 The Quest Study Bible, New International Version Grand Rapids Michigan:
Zondervan Corp. 1994