four corners of the earth

the entire world; the farthest, most remote parts of the earth
—I will search the four corners of the earth to find the best recipes for the restaurant I’m opening.

Isaiah said that one day the Lord would gather the Israelites from the places to which they had been scattered:

He will lift a signal flag for the nations;

he will gather Israel’s dispersed people

and assemble Judah’s scattered people

from the four corners of the earth. (Isaiah 11:12)

The Hebrew word here translated as corner can also mean “extremity, edge, border, or wing.” Later, in the New Testament, the Apostle John reports that in a vision he

saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth so no wind could blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree.  (Revelation 7:1)

In this verse, the four corners represent the four directions (north, south, east, and west) from which the wind blows.

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