Isaiah 40:22

Overview - Isaiah 40
The promulgation of the Gospel.
The preaching of John Baptist.
The preaching of the apostles.
12 The prophet, by the omnipotency of God,
18 and his incomparableness,
26 comforts the people.
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Isaiah 40:22  (King James Version)
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:

It is he that sitteth
or, Him that sitteth, etc.
19:1 66:1 Psalms 2:4 ; 29:10 68:33

the inhabitants
Isaiah 40:15 Isaiah 40:17 ; Numbers 13:33

42:5 44:24 51:13 Job 9:8 ; 37:18 38:4-9 Psalms 102:25 Psalms 102:26 ; 104:2
Jeremiah 10:12 ; Zechariah 12:1 ; Hebrews 1:10-12

as a curtain
Or, "as a thin veil," as Bp. Lowth renders; which he illustrates by the following passage from Dr
Shaw. "It is usual in the summer season, and upon all occasions when a large company is to be received, to have the court sheltered from heat, or inclemency of the weather by a {velum,} umbrella, or veil, as I shall call it; which, being expanded on ropes from one end of the parapet to the other, may be folded or unfolded at pleasure. The Psalmist seems to allude to some covering of this kind, in that beautiful expression of spreading out the heavens as a curtain."