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It is He who sits above the vault* of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in." Isaiah 40:22 (NAS)

It is he that sitteth upon the circle 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 (KJV)

Circle or Flat?

When Columbus sailed to America some believed that he would fall off the flat earth. Although not a widespread belief among scientists at that time, there are some people today that still believe the earth is flat.

The Bible again reveals a scientific fact hundreds of years before scientific discovery. Early scientists began to theorize that the earth was round as early as the sixth century B.C. (a hundred years or more after Isaiah was written):

"A round earth appears at least as early as the sixth century B.C. with Pythagoras, who was followed by Aristotle, Euclid, and Aristarchus, among others in observing that the earth was a sphere. Although there were a few dissenters -- Leukippos and Demokritos for example--by the time of Eratosthenes (3 c. BC), followed by Crates(2 c. BC), Strabo (3 c. BC), and Ptolemy (first c. AD), the sphericity of the earth was accepted by all educated Greeks and Romans." (Jeffrey Burton Russell, American Scientific Affiliation Conference, August 1997, Westmont College)

Four Corners of the Earth?

Surprisingly, some people have tried to argue that the Bible talks of a flat earth, primarily because of the references to the "four corners" of the earth in Isaiah 11:12, Ezekiel 7:2, Revelation 7:1 and Revelation 20:8. 

The word that is translated "corner" from the Old Testament is the Hebrew word "kanaph" which means an edge, an extremity or quarter.  For example, in Isaiah 11:12-15 it refers to the four quarters (North, South, East and West) of the land surrounding Judah;

And He will lift up a standard for the nations, and will assemble the banished ones of Israel, and will gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth:

NORTH:  13 Then the jealousy of Ephraim will depart, and those who harass Judah will be cut off; Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, and Judah will not harass Ephraim.

WEST:    14 And they will swoop down on the slopes of the Philistines on the west;

EAST:    together they will plunder the sons of the east; they will possess Edom and Moab; and the sons of Ammon will be subject to them.

SOUTH:  15 And the LORD will utterly destroy the tongue of the Sea of Egypt; and He will wave His hand over the River with His scorching wind; and He will strike it into seven streams, and make men walk over dry-shod. Isaiah 11:12-15 (NAS)

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