In Isa. 45:18, it is written,
For this is what the LORD says— he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited— he says: “I am the LORD, and there is no other. NIV, 2011
My question is: when the LORD (i.e., Yahveh) says,
he who fashioned and made the earth
I’ve heard that the English Language cannot expressively convey words and symbols of the Hebrew Language. To substantiate this is the fact that preachers also quote the Hebrew intent and symbol behind a word to fully understand its meaning. So does the word “earth” there literally mean the planet Earth or can it be understood as “the universe.” Also, does this mean that God is actually in support of us inhabiting other planets, e.g., Mars, Mercury, etc.?