Genesis 1:6

“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters: and let it diuide the waters from the waters.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And God said, Let there be a solid arch stretching over the waters, parting the waters from the waters.
- Basic English Bible

And God said, Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it be a division between waters and waters.
- Darby Bible

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
- Webster's Bible

God said, "Let there be an expanse in the middle of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters."
- World English Bible

And God saith, `Let an expanse be in the midst of the waters, and let it be separating between waters and waters.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And God said: 'Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 1:6


1:6-8 We have here an account of the second day's work, the creation of the firmament. In which observe, 1. The command of God; Let there be a firmament - An expansion; so the Hebrew word signifies, like a sheet spread, or a curtain drawn out. This includes all that is visible above the earth, between it and the third heavens, the air, its higher, middle, and lower region, the celestial globe, and all the orbs of light above; it reaches as high as the place where the stars are fixed, for that is called here the firmament of heaven, #Ge 1:14|,15, and as low as the place where the birds fly for that also is called the firmament of heaven, #Ge 1:20|. 2. The creation of it: and God made the firmament. 3. The design of it; to divide the waters from the waters - That is, to distinguish between the waters that are wrapt up in the clouds, and those that cover the sea; the waters in the air, and those in the earth. 4. The naming it; He called the firmament Heaven - 'Tis the visible heaven, the pavement of the holy city. The height of the heavens should mind us of God's supremacy, and the infinite distance that is between us and him; the brightness of the heavens, and their purity, should mind us of his majesty, and perfect holiness; the vastness of the heavens, and their encompassing the earth, and influence upon it, should mind us of his immensity and universal providence.


Discussion for Genesis 1

  • Dylan
    Robert, no one knows the nature of the afterlife. Only an arrogant person claims to know such things. No one should live in fear of damnation. The best you can do here on Earth is to be a good person, and for that you need not read scripture. On being a good person, we have serviceable moral intuitions, yet I suggest sharpening your morality by reading moral philosophy books :-)
  • Brother William
    Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? He who has clean hands and a pure heart. Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. For his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in the law of the Lord he does meditate day and night. The ungodly are not so, but are as the chaff which the wind drives away.
  • Brother William
    Read Matthew 24, then 2 Peter 2, 2Timothy 3, Jude, Psalm 1, Isaiah 1, Jeremiah 5, for a start.
  • Hector
    To Word, In Job 38:4 God is speaking to Job, "WHERE WERE YOU when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much." If Job wasn't there when God created the earth, then you and I and all the souls your talking about were not present either! God is speaking to the Angels.
  • Bill
    Robert, I suggest that you begin my asking God to guide you and thanking him for doing it. You can start by simply reading scripture, but I would recommend listening to good messages from faithful sources too. God bless
  • Robert
    I am new to real bible study. I was raised a Catholic but dropped out in high school. Under Catholicism in my embryonic years having Mortal sins was a road to Hell if u did not confess. So although I still pray I am not a church goer and feel that I am doomed because divorce ended my marriage. Seeing worldly events develope I am scared to death for all, esp. my family. How do I even start!!!

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