Has a well intentioned "Flat Earther" ever told you that the Bible says the earth is FLAT? Crazy, right! And, you're like, "Uh, no it does NOT! The earth is NOT flat! In fact, Isaiah 40:22 says the earth is a circle, which means earth is a sphere that when being described by someone looking down upon it from a high perspective would naturally reference it as looking like a circular shape even though earth definitively is a sphere."
Or does it?
Let's take a look at the Hebrew meanings for the word "circle" in Isaiah 40:22.
"It is he that sitteth upon the circle (Strong's Hebrew lexicon # 2329) of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:" - Isaiah 40:22 (RSB)
Though before we proceed, I must point out in Isaiah 40:22 that there "literally" are some "metaphors" used to described our reality. However, the shape of the earth is not metaphorically written, in order, to be disregarded for it's literalness.
For instance, when Isaiah 40:22 says "...inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers..." is this an admission that other species, besides a grasshopper, do NOT exist on the face of the earth? Are we being lied to in Genesis 1:20-28 when it states that fish, winged fowl, whales, beast, cattle, and man were species created by God and exist on the face of the earth? Was Isaiah, the Prophet, conveying to us that he was really a grasshopper and not a man?
How about when Isaiah 40:22 says, "...stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain and spread them out as a tent to dwell in:"? Are the heavens literally a curtain just like you have a curtain to cover your windows in your home? And does that "curtain" transform the earth into a literal tent, like you would purchase at the store?
In each of these instances you will find a very important word which makes its context extremely clear. The conjunction word "as" which could just as well be replaced with the word "like."
So, instead of, "...as grasshoppers..." it could have been interpreted in the English language as "...like grasshoppers..."
Instead of, "...as a curtain..." it could have been interpreted in the English language as "...like a curtain..."
Instead of, "...as a tent..." it could have been interpreted in the English language as "...like a tent..."
You get where I am going with this California Valley Girl "like" style speech? The word "as" is not to mean the same thing as the word "the" and if the translators did their job properly and God's Word has truly been preserved then "as" is used appropriately and within context throughout Isaiah 40:22 just "as" the word "the."
Does Isaiah 40:22 say "...as the circle of the earth..." or does it say "...the circle of the earth...?" Last I checked it ONLY uses the word "the" and NOT the word "as." Why is this?
Perhaps...just maybe...for Isaiah 40:22 to be properly translated within context the word "as" could NOT be used because the descriptive attribute word of "circle" is not California Valley Girl speak? Perhaps, the word "the" was used before the word "circle" because within context is meant to be definitively a "fact" of "the" matter?
So, now that we all understand the difference between the word "as" and "the," we can move onto a deeper topic. Such as, what Hebrew word translates to the word "circle" and what can that Hebrew word mean?
The word "circle" in Isaiah 40:22 comes from Strong's Hebrew lexicon # 2329 is the Hebrew word chuwg (pronounced khoog): a circle:--circle, circuit, compass.
As you can see by the English words associated to the Hebrew word chuwg, there is no direct association to a 3 dimensional object. However, a 2 dimensional image is referenced, and that is known as a circle.
Some may attempt to use the argument that the word "circuit" is in mix of the Hebrew word and could infer motion to the earth, rather than the earth having a disk like shape to it. The word circuit could have been inserted into the English translation though was NOT, because within the context the word "circle" was appropriate. And, should this verse imply that the earth has motion to it, then it would be at odds and contradictory to at least 9 other Bible passages which clearly define the earth as being at rest, immovable, fixed, and stable. Is God's Word contradictory, or are some attempting to be editors of God's Word?
Merriam-Webster defines circle:
a : ring, halo
b : a closed plane (see plane 2b) curve every point of which is equidistant (see equidistant) from a fixed point within the curve
c : the plane surface bounded by such a curve
Do you see any flexibility to the word "circle" to imply or even infer "sphere" or "ball" or even an "oblate spheroid?" If you do, please re-read the definitions for you didn't quite understand them. Though, moving on for the rest.
Does Isaiah use the word ball/sphere anywhere in his writings? Well, as a matter of fact, he does. Let's take a look at Isaiah 22:18 which is filled with metaphors.
"He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball (Strong's Hebrew lexicon # 1754) into a large country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy sovereign's house." - Isaiah 22:18 (RSB)
Because of our research into the word "as," which could just as easily be swapped with the word "like," do you see what is happening here in this verse?
"He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball..." There it is again, that word "like." Which means that this passage is using a metaphor to get a particular point across to the reader.
In any case, the word "ball" in Isaiah 22:18 comes from Strong's Hebrew lexicon # 1754 is the Hebrew word duwr (pronounced dure): a circle, ball or pile:--ball, turn, round about.
Can the Hebrew word "duwr," when used in context, mean "circle?" According, to Strong's Hebrew dictionary, "Yes!"
Can the Hebrew word "chuwg,' when used in context, mean "ball?" No.
In some cases, the word "circle" found in Isaiah 40:22 is translated with the word "disk," though never ball/sphere.
"He's the one who sits above the disk of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers. He's the one who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in," - (International Standard Version)
Merriam-Webster defines the word disk as:
- something that is or appears to be flat and round
- usually disc : cd
- a round, thin, flat plate coated with a magnetic substance on which data for a computer is stored
- usually disc : a phonograph record
Now we have now established the following 5 facts:
- Isaiah 40:22 contains metaphors.
- The shape of the earth referenced in Isaiah 40:22, a circle, is NOT a metaphor.
- Isaiah 40:22 does NOT reference the earth as moving.
- A circle is NOT, by definition, the same thing as a ball/sphere/oblate spheroid.
- Isaiah uses the Hebrew word for ball/sphere (1754) in Isaiah 22 that same word is not attributed to the shape of the earth in Isaiah 40:22.
I would like to apologize for the amount of time and energy that goes into this site for "straightening" out or "leveling" out what God's Word "plainly" states regarding His Creation. Though, given the amount of lies and deception which abound about this topic, there are few to no resources for any Christian to quickly and easily share with a fellow Christian doing this type of research.
It may seem as though I am beating a dead horse, but I assure the horse (Globe Earth deception) is alive and well and requires a LOT of work to get other Bible believing Christians to realize this too.
In any case, if you or someone you know wishes to live in a state of denial about the cosmology of earth, that's fine. However, leave God's Word out of it, because the Bible only refers to the earth as being stationary and FLAT with a dome overhead. And, if someone wishes to continue to believe the words of man over the words of God, then that is their blissful "choice." Because after being presented with this article they will not be able to claim, when God's Word is taken in its context, that it hints or even directly implies the earth as being a ball/sphere/oblate spheroid again.
-- Nathan Roberts, Christ follower
The earth is stationary and FLAT because God’s Word is ALWAYS Faithful and True! (Rev. 19:11)