Isaiah 40:22 says the earth is a “BALL,” DUH!!!

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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:

  1. something that is or appears to be flat and round
  2. usually disc cd
  3. a round, thin, flat plate coated with a magnetic substance on which data for a computer is stored
  4. usually disc a phonograph record

Now we have now established the following 5 facts:

  1. Isaiah 40:22 contains metaphors.
  2. The shape of the earth referenced in Isaiah 40:22, a circle, is NOT a metaphor.
  3. Isaiah 40:22 does NOT reference the earth as moving.
  4. A circle is NOT, by definition, the same thing as a ball/sphere/oblate spheroid.
  5. 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)

13 thoughts on “Isaiah 40:22 says the earth is a “BALL,” DUH!!!”

  1. yes people need to know there is a difference between a ball and a circle.if you put a school textbook beside a kjv bible they will clash originally schools were built to teach the bible and now they are used as a tool to indoctrinate the masses of people into not knowing God, doubting God’s word and making you think that heaven is so far away when in reality it is just on the other side of the firmament. people need to realize this is a really big lie about the heliocentric universe created by that idiot satan and his idiot brothers the watchers (fallen angels). God Bless You.

    1. I’m Christian but this is just taking it way to far, if you don’t embrace the fact that we have gone to space and are exploring it then you will be stuck forever in the past and while we are off colonizing Mars (which the flat earth society has claimed is round) you will be stuck here with the climate warming and your gas guzzling vehicle destroying the planet. Perhaps you don’t believe in climate change either because the bible says it doesn’t exist but they had no way of predicting it back when it was written just like they had no way of predicting space travel.

      1. You have obviously not read your Bible and/or just do not understand that no spacecraft can go through the firmament. But such is your choice of what to believe.

  2. Thank you, this is a spiritual issue
    Ephesians 6:12 KJV
    For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places . No matter how hard you try their eyes will remain shut

  3. For those who are seeking the truth:

    The reference in Isaiah 40:22 however does NOT state or imply that the
    Earth is a two-dimensional disc, unless it is misunderstood or
    misinterpreted. The original Hebrew word that was translated into “circle”
    in Isaiah 40:22 is “chuwg”, which has several meanings in Hebrew, including
    circle, circuit and compass, as pointed out in this article.

    In the English language, we have separate words for the instrument that
    draws a circle and the circle itself. We also have a separate word for
    movement in a circular-shaped pathway.

    The instrument that draws a circle is obviously a compass. The compass
    begins with one of its legs in the center of the circle and the other at a
    certain starting point along the circumference a given distance away. It
    then is ROTATED about the fixed, centre-point in a circle, back to the
    starting point, making a complete (full) revolution to form a circle.

    A circuit is basically the same thing; only instead of using an instrument
    to draw a circle, it involves the movement of an individual or vehicle in
    the same manner. A full REVOLUTION from a starting point along the
    circumference of a circle, that is completed upon arriving back at the same
    point (the beginning and the end point being the same).

    Both the drawing instrument and the circular pathway traveled denote
    rotation to form a circle. And a circle rotated about itself forms a
    sphere.

    Unlike English, in the Hebrew language all three of these words are
    represented in a single word: chuwg (pronounced khüg, or khoog). So in a
    single word, God told us that the Earth is not only spherical in shape, but
    that it is rotating about its axis. Amazing.

    Isaiah 40:22 [It is] He that sitteth upon the circle (chuwg) 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:

    Job 22:14 Thick clouds [are] a covering to Him, that He seeth not; and He
    walketh in the circuit (chuwg) of heaven.

    Proverbs 8:27 When He prepared the heavens, I [was] there: when He set a
    compass (chuwg) upon the face of the depth:

    A sphere is the ONLY object that appears as a circle from EVERY direction.
    God Himself is the same from every direction and completely the same today,
    tomorrow and forever.

    So in the most efficient means possible, God told us EVERYTHING we need to
    know about both the shape of this planet and also His Omnipresence. He is
    the Alpha and the Omega. The Beginning and the End.

    Using the Hebrew word for “ball” (dur) to describe the Earth simply would
    not have worked because a ball is not necessarily spherical (footballs,
    rugby balls, etc.) and likewise does not necessarily denote rotation like a
    compass and a circuit do. A ball is a child’s plaything, to be tossed
    around, and that is exactly how that word (dur) is used in Scripture.

    Isaiah 22:18 He will surely violently turn and toss thee [like] a ball
    (dur) into a large country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of
    thy glory [shall be] the shame of thy lord’s house.

    EVERYTHING around us is in motion. It is God Who is the fixed, unmovable,
    unchangeable center of the Universe, and it is only when we are calm,
    unemotional and at peace that we truly find Him and the answers to all of
    life’s questions.

    Psalm 46:10-11
    46:10 BE STILL, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the
    heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
    46:11 The “I AM” Lord of hosts [is] with us; the God of Jacob [is] our
    refuge. The rock.

    Anyone who sails the Earth’s oceans has personally observed the curvature of the Earth.

    Anyone who has seen a sunrise and sunset on this PLANET, has personally observed rotation.

    The “flat Earth” model is both spiritually and physically bankrupt. It is a strong delusion, sent during these end-times, to divide and conquer those who would be so easily deceived by such a ridiculous and obviously satanic doctrine (divide and conquer is an obvious satanic trademark – a house divided shall NEVER stand – Matt. 12:25…THINK about it).

    The flat-Earth (FE) PSYOP was created by the so-called intelligence services of the U.S. government to deceive and distract as many as possible from the fact they’re leading us into WW3 which the U.S. and U.K. WILL LOSE.

    For irrefutable proof that FE is a psychological operation:-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7F21OhnRcI

    And for irrefutable proof that the U.S. and U.K. will lose WW3 to Russia and China:-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErkVQOGTRCo

    https://beforeitsnews.com/v3/prophecy/2016/2476712.html

  4. Great insight on metaphors comparing with the term “like” I was hung up on that part.. but now I see when there is a comparison and when there is not..

    So from above when you look down on a flat earth, you should see a circle? I’m a little confused about the circle part… I totally agree that circle does not mean sphere or globe. I’m with you on that. And I had no idea the bible does not mention any motion and moving of earth etc….

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