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

  • Loren
    Our God is a great God! Note: "In the beginning GOD created...." Gen. 1:1. "God" here, is the Hebrew word, "Elohiym" which is ....plural (more than one). This truth about "God" comes to light in verse 26, "And GOD (Elohiym) said, Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness.
    Thus Moses says; "....the LORD our GOD (Elohiym) ....is ONE LORD." Deut. 6:4.
  • Donkor
    First, one must maintain an opened mind. There is always the possibility of something existing as the same thing but opposites. Or how can white and black be the same? How can the Son also be the Father? Remember, in God all things are possible. And, though we all are ONE, where does the INDIVIDUALcome from. Ponder these and you may well find the divinty of indviduality is the God/Christ in all
  • Irene123
    To Susan on Gen. 1 -- We are to prove our stance by God's word, so here goes: Jn.1:1; v. 10, v. 12; Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38; 3:16; 4:10, 12, 17; 8:12, v. 16; 10:43; 17:10-11; 19:5 v. 17; 22:16. I don't 'debate' God's word; I use it to prove itself. A lot of people like to debate; I don't.
  • Word
    Irene123 Right. Isaiah 45:21,22 God tells us there is only One God and He is the Saviour. Isaiah 7:14 God came and was born through woman because Immanuel translates God with us. John chapter 1:1,2,3 Christ the Word is God Creator of all things. I think that the Holy of God who listened from above to the flesh of God in the garden is One being they join together in the Revelation at the end.
  • Susan
    Irene, If God was made of only one person, to whom was Jesus praying to when he addressed his Father? nd whom was he speaking of when he said that the Comforter (Holy Spirit) would come to guide them on all truth? We pray to God the Father in the name of Jesus, who is the mediator between the Father and man. The Holy Spirit also prays to the Father on our behalf and makes intersession for us.
  • Stony
    God is talking to Jesus and the holy spirit,angels were probably listening also

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