Genesis 1:9

“And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And God said, Let the waters vnder the heauen be gathered together vnto one place, and let the dry land appeare: and it was so.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then God said, "Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear; and it was so."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven come together in one place, and let the dry land be seen: and it was so.
- Basic English Bible

And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together to one place, and let the dry [land] appear. And it was so.
- Darby Bible

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
- Webster's Bible

God said, "Let the waters under the sky be gathered together to one place, and let the dry land appear;" and it was so.
- World English Bible

And God saith, `Let the waters under the heavens be collected unto one place, and let the dry land be seen:' and it is so.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And God said: 'Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear.' And it was so.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 1:9


1:9-13 The third day's work is related in these verses; the forming the sea and the dry land, and making the earth fruitful. Hitherto the power of the Creator had been employed about the upper part of the visible world; now he descends to this lower world, designed for the children of men, both for their habitation, and their maintenance. And here we have an account of the fitting of it for both; the building of their house, and the spreading of their table. Observe, 1. How the earth was prepared to be a habitation for man by the gathering of the waters together, and making the dry land appear. Thus, instead of that confusion which was, when earth and water were mixed in one great mass; now there is order, by such a separation as rendered them both useful. (1.) The waters which covered the earth were ordered to retire, and to gather into one place, viz. those hollows which were fitted for their reception. The waters thus lodged in their proper place, he called Seas; for though they are many, in distant regions, yet either above ground or under ground, they have communication with each other, and so they are one, and the common receptacle of waters, into which all the rivers run. (2.) The dry land was made to appear, and emerge out of the waters, and was called Earth. Observe, 2. How the earth was furnished for the support of man, #Ge 1:11|,12. Present provision was made, by the immediate products of the earth, which, in obedience to God's command, was no sooner made but it became fruitful. Provision was likewise made for time to come, by the perpetuating of the several species of vegetables, every one having its seed in itself after its kind, that during the continuance of man upon the earth, food might be fetched out of the earth, for his use and benefit.


Discussion for Genesis 1

  • Ozella Hare
    On Genesis 1:26, God said "let us make man in our image, after our likeness"... God is Spirit . His image is spirit, He made us spirit, only human. Job 32:8; I Corinthians 2:11, Psalms 51:10. verse 29, he talked to them as spirit to spirit
    Genesis 2:7 God formed man, and breathe into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul. (not the woman yet) v.20 then he formed the woman.
  • CLEMENT OMALA OWAKA
    I LOVE GENESIS BECAUSE IT TEACHS ME ALL ABOUT THE WORLD AND OUR ANCESTORS AND OUR REAL GOD WHO CREATED US MAY I BE FILLED WITH HOLY SPIRIT FOR ME TO WON ALL TEMTETIONS AMEN.
  • Tom
    To Felicia: Thank you for helping me with my question concerning the creation of man and woman. This now makes total sense and as I reread the two chapters, you gave me an "ah-hah!" moment. Thank you and God bless you for being so kind.
  • Dennis
    To Felicia But he said Let us make man in our image HE told them to go preach the gospel to all the world baptizing them in the name of the Father Son and the Holy Ghost sounds like three different persons to me one thing for sure Gods word is good
  • JANICE J. GREEN
    WHEN GOD CREATED THIS WORLD HE GAVE ALL OF US EVERY THING THAT WE WOULD EVER NEED. HE SIMPLY WANT US TO TAKE CARE OF THAT WHICH HE HAS FREELY GIVEN. I SAY NEVER GIVE UP!!!. BE A POSITIVE CHANGE AGENT!!! PS DON'T FORGET TO FORGIVE AND PRAY FOR THOSE THAT DISPITEFULLY USE YOU. LOVE. JJ
  • Felicia
    To Tom Gen. 2 is an account of what God did in Gen. 1. Gen 2:1 says "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them." It goes on to give a detailed account of how things happened. Gen. 1:27 says "So God created man in his own image, ..." but Gen. 2:7 says "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;..."

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