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The word "compassed" is the Hebrew khug, translated "circle" in Isaiah 40:22. It refers here to the global sea level, which defines the "circle of the earth" (Isaiah 40:22) and the "compass upon the face of the depth" (Proverbs 8:27), and which defines the bounds which the waters cannot transgress as long as the earth endures, in accordance with the Noahic covenant (Genesis 8:22; 9:11).
KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8