Creation of Life - Genesis 1:6-8

Preface Translation of Genesis 1:1 to 2:4 Setting the Stage Creation of Life Creation of Man Epilogue
Verses 6-8 Verses 9-13 Verses 14-19 Verses 20-23 Verses 24-25
Authorized Version of Genesis 1:6-8

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
And God made the firmament and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
And God called the firmament Heaven.
And the evening and the morning were the second day.

An interpretative rendering:

AND GOD SAID, "LET THERE COME TO BE A SPACE BETWEEN THE WATERS, AND LET IT DIVIDE BETWEEN THE WATRS ABOVE AND THE WATERS BELOW".
AND GOD APPOINTED THE SPACE AND DIVIDED THE WATERS WHICH WERE UNDER THE SPACE FROM THE WATERS WHICH WERE ABOVE THE SPACE. AND SO IT CAME TO PASS.
AND GOD CALLED THE SPACE HEAVEN.
AND THE EVENING AND THE MORNING BECAME A SECOND DAY.



LET THERE COME TO BE A SPACE:   The word rendered "firmament" is a word which in the original implies "want of substance", and is used in a derived form to mean "not tangible".   The root to which it is sometimes traced means "to beat out very thin", so thin in fact as to have little or no substance at all.   There is little doubt that here it is the air space which separated the waters on the earth from the waters in cloud form in the sky.   It is a peculiarly appropriate choice, therefore, since air strictly speaking does not imply want of substance, but only a very attenuated form of it. In verse 20 it becomes the home of flying things.
Perhaps the omission of any statement to the effect that God saw that it was good in this instance is due to the fact that this space became the abode of Satan and his hosts, the Prince of the Powers of the Air.

 
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Preface Translation of Genesis 1:1 to 2:4 Setting the Stage Creation of Life Creation of Man Epilogue
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