For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the LORD, and there is no other…” Isaiah 45:18
In Vain, tohu, Strong’s # 8414, A formless chaotic mess, a waste, a worthless thing, emptiness and desolation, for no purpose, for nothing. The word first occurs in Gen. 1:2, “The earth was without form [tohu], and void [bohu].” Tohu and its rhyming synonym bohu are coupled to describe a scene of disorder, confusion, and lack of arrangement.
However, the Lord brought order out of chaos, as Gen.1:2,3, (and our present Earth) testifies. Many other places tohu refers to a howling waste, a tracless wilderness, a scene of utter disarray, desolation, and barrenness. Tohu suggests “Sheer emptiness”…
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