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

  • Brother William
    "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
    1 John 5:7 (omitted in the NIV and popular easy to read translations) This is a principle declaration of the Godhead. But many people do not like to retain knowledge of their Creator, and through deceit they are willingly ignorant. So God gives them a reprobate mind.
  • Jane
    Robert, Christ loves you. That is why he came, he came for our fallen nature which needed to be redeemed to right standing with God. God loves you, and that is why he sent his son, Jesus Christ. God's grace is given to each of us.. talk to him in prayer, he is listening.. John 3:16. Asking Jesus to save you is number one importance! Go to a bible teaching church, and read and pray your bible
  • 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.

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