Genesis 1:15

“And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Genesis 1:15

And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heauen, to giue light vpon the earth: and it was so.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth; and it was so."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and let them be for lights in the firmament of heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And let them be for lights in the arch of heaven to give light on the earth: and it was so.
- Basic English Bible

and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens, to give light on the earth. And it was so.
- Darby Bible

And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven, to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
- Webster's Bible

and let them be for lights in the expanse of sky to give light on the earth;" and it was so.
- World English Bible

and they have been for luminaries in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth:' and it is so.
- Youngs Literal Bible

and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.' And it was so.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Genesis 1:15

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 1:15


1:14-19 This is the history of the fourth day's work, the creating the sun, moon and stars. Of this we have an account, In general, verse 14, 15. where we have, The command given concerning them. Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven - God had said, #Ge 1:3| Let there be light, and there was light; but that was, as it were, a chaos of light, scattered and confused; now it was collected and made into several luminaries, and so rendered both more glorious and more serviceable. The use they were intended to be of to this earth. They must be for the distinction of times, of day and night, summer and winter. They must be for the direction of actions: they are for signs of the change of weather, that the husbandman may order his affairs with discretion. They do also give light upon the earth - That we may walk #John 11:9 and work John 9:4| according as the duty of every day requires. The lights of heaven do not shine for themselves, nor for the world of spirits above, they need them not; but they shine for us, and for our pleasure and advantage. Lord, what is man that he should be thus regarded, #Ps 8:3|,4. In particular, #Ge 1:16|,17,18, The lights of heaven are the sun, moon and stars, and these all are the work of God's hands. The sun is the greatest light of all, and the most glorious and useful of all the lamps of heaven; a noble instance of the Creator's wisdom, power and goodness, and an invaluable blessing to the creatures of this lower world. The moon is a lesser light, and yet is here reckoned one of the greater lights, because, though in regard of its magnitude, it is inferior to many of the stars, yet in respect of its usefulness to the earth, it is more excellent than they. He made the stars also - Which are here spoken of only in general; for the scriptures were written not to gratify our curiosity, but to lead us to God. Now, these lights are said to rule, #Ge 1:16|,18; not that they have a supreme dominion as God has, but they are rulers under him. Here the lesser light, the moon, is said to rule the night; but #Ps 136:9 the stars are mentioned as sharers in that government|, the moon and stars to rule by night. No more is meant, but that they give light, #Jer 31:35|. The best and most honourable way of ruling is, by giving light, and doing good.


Discussion for Genesis 1:15

  • Peter on Genesis 1:15
    In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

    I find that amazing that the heaven and the earth was created from the beginning even before light; And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

    4And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

    5And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

    The Heaven and earth were created on the first day along with light. I mean it is amazing that would be created on the first day; but when I think about it; if I was God; that is what I would have done as that to me seems the natural order of things when there is a God. At what other point could you have created Heaven. Surely it would not be an after thought; and yet thinking like a man; I have read that so many times and just considered it natural without thinking about it; but lately I did and i thought so wonderful and even a proof of his existence if indeed someone was looking for such proof. I just love reading it as it sounds wonderful. Genesis 1 and 2; I think is my favourites; as I am not much of a reader and all those generations confuses me; although I do like other parts of Genesis, the flood; cities that were destroyed, confusing the language etc.
  • Shannon on Genesis 1:15
    To me this means the moon is its own light source. Any feedback?
  • Peter - in Reply on Genesis 1:15
    It says that God made the moon but it does not say it is its' own light source, but we know that the moon is a reflection of the sun and whether or not you think that God should have mentioned that is up to you as we have that freedom; however; I don't think that he needed to mention it as He even knew we would discover it.
  • Peter - in Reply on Genesis 1:15
    And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

    15And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

    16And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

    17And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

    18And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

    19And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

    I would think so as

    16And

    God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

    So that would be the sun to rule the day; and the moon to rule the night created on the 4th day and he made the stars also
  • Iesus on Genesis 1:15
    Magnificent translation, although we miss the power to translate it ourselves. It seems to be better as if we do not. Luckily, there it is one.


 

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