March 12th

The Ends of the Earth

God alone knows the way,
Knows the place where wisdom is found,
Because he sees the ends of the earth,
Sees everything under the sky.

(Job 28:23-24) Good News Translation

If the Earth has ends does that mean it has to be flat? No, because “end” is a translation of a word which means “extremity or furthest reaches of” in which case we’re talking about the beach.

The Earth of the Bible isn’t flat. There are passages in the Bible which have been used to make it look like it describes a flat earth, but this requires induction: the premise is used to supply evidence for the conclusion.

We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.

Matty’s Razor

Not to be outdone on the scale of who’s got the most tenuous grip on reality, flat earthers have decided that the ends of the earth means that the Earth is flat and has an edge. That’s induction, they decided what they wanted the words to mean, not deduction, where we find out what the words mean.

If someone chooses to believe that the Earth is flat, then they can also choose to believe that the phrase “the circle of the earth” refers to a flat disk. That’s their choice. That meaning can’t be found in the words used, it’s been imputed to them. We’re going to look at how flat earthers justify their premise and show that it’s induction, not deduction.

The Bible usually uses the Hebrew word erets – הָ֭אָרֶץ when it’s referring to planet Earth. Erets is modified in a variety of ways. The phrase ends of the earth and its variations are translated from several different modifications of erets. Do these words mean that the Earth is flat and has an edge? The short answer is NO. Perhaps you don’t believe us. Let’s take a look at them in detail.

Faith is believing in something that you can’t see, because of evidence.

– Faith, definition

Erets, (earth) modifications

ends of the worldephes eretsהָ֭אָרֶץ אַפְסֵיPsalms 22:27; 67:7; 72:8; 98:3
Isaiah 45:22; 52:10
ends of the earthkanaph eretsהָ֭אָרֶץ כַּנְפ֥וֹתJob 37:3
ends of the earthqatseh eretsהָ֭אָרֶץ בִּקְצֵהPsalms 135:7
Proverbs 17:24
ends of the earthqatsah eretsהָ֭אָרֶץ מִקְצ֣וֹתJob 28:24
Isaiah 40:28; 41:5; 41:9
ends of the earthqatsu eretsהָ֭אָרֶץ קַצְוֵיPsalms 48:10; 65:5
coasts of the earthyerekah eretsהָ֭אָרֶץ מִיַּרְכְּתֵיJeremiah 25:32; 31:8; 50:41
Modifications of the Hebrew erets mean that the Earth isn’t flat.

Today’s image shows a slice of cheese on a kid’s ball. The cheese is flat and has corners but the ball isn’t flat and doesn’t have corners. The cheese looks a little greasy because we had to use steam to get it to lay flat on the surface of a sphere. We develop the doctrine of the four corners of the earth in the post for November 13th.

The Ends of the Earth – Navigation

1The Ends of the EarthJob 28:23-25
To cease, fail, have and end: אַפְסֵי – ephesPsalms 72:8
Extremity, extreme part, corner: כַּנְפ֥וֹת kanaphJob 37:3
To cut off, destroy: קְצֵה – qatseh, qatsah, qatsuProverbs 17:24
Sides: בְּיַרְכְּתֵי – beyerekahEzekiel 32:22-23
2The Four Corners of the EarthIsaiah 11:12
Four Corners of the Earth in Context
The Nuance of the Earth’s Corners
3The Circle of the EarthIsaiah 40:22
SalvationRomans 10:9-10
– Navigate around the ends of the Earth

Read through the Bible in a year

Reading planMarch 12
LinearRuth 3-4
1 Samuel 1
ChronologicalDeuteronomy 3-4
– Read 3 chapters every day and 5 chapters on Sundays

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