Genesis 1:4

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Genesis 1:4

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God diuided the light from the darkenesse.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And God, looking on the light, saw that it was good: and God made a division between the light and the dark,
- Basic English Bible

And God saw the light that it was good; and God divided between the light and the darkness.
- Darby Bible

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
- Webster's Bible

God saw the light, and saw that it was good. God divided the light from the darkness.
- World English Bible

And God seeth the light that [it is] good, and God separateth between the light and the darkness,
- Youngs Literal Bible

And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Genesis 1:4

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 1:4


1:2 Where we have an account of the first matter, and the first Mover. 1. A chaos was the first matter. 'Tis here called the earth, (tho' the earth, properly taken, was not made 'till the third day, #Ge 1:10|) because it did most resemble that which was afterwards called earth, a heavy unwieldy mass. 'Tis also called the deep, both for its vastness, and because the waters which were afterwards separated from the earth were now mixed with it. This mighty bulk of matter was it, out of which all bodies were afterwards produced. The Creator could have made his work perfect at first, but by this gradual proceeding he would shew what is ordinarily the method of his providence, and grace. This chaos, was without form and void. Tohu and Bohu, confusion and emptiness, so those words are rendered, #Isa 34:11|. 'Twas shapeless, 'twas useless, 'twas without inhabitants, without ornaments; the shadow or rough draught of things to come. To those who have their hearts in heaven, this lower world, in comparison of the upper, still appears to be confusion and emptiness. And darkness was upon the face of the deep - God did not create this darkness, (as he is said to create the darkness of affliction, #Isa 45:7|.) for it was only the want of light. 2. The Spirit of God was the first Mover; He moved upon the face of the waters - He moved upon the face of the deep, as the hen gathereth her chicken under her wings, and hovers over them, to warm and cherish them, #Mt 23:37 as the eagle stirs up her nest|, and fluttereth over her young, ('tis the same word that is here used) #Deut 32:11|.

1:3-5 We have here a farther account of the first day's work. In which observe, 1. That the first of all visible beings which God created was light, the great beauty and blessing of the universe: like the first - born, it doth, of all visible beings, most resemble its great parent in purity and power, brightness and beneficence. 2. That the light was made by the word of God's power; He said, Let there be light - He willed it, and it was done; there was light - Such a copy as exactly answered the original idea in the eternal mind. 3. That the light which God willed, he approved of. God saw the light, that it was good - 'Twas exactly as he designed it; and it was fit to answer the end for which he designed it. 4. That God divided the light from the darkness - So put them asunder as they could never be joined together: and yet he divided time between them, the day for light, and the night for darkness, in a constant succession. Tho' the darkness was now scattered by the light, yet it has its place, because it has its use; for as the light of the morning befriends the business of the day, so the shadows of the evening befriend the repose of the night. God has thus divided between light and darkness, because he would daily mind us that this is a world of mixtures and changes. In heaven there is perpetual light, and no darkness; in hell utter darkness, and no light: but in this world they are counter - changed, and we pass daily from one to another; that we may learn to expect the like vicissitudes in the providence of God. 5. That God divided them from each other by distinguishing names. He called the light Day, and the darkness he called night - He gave them names as Lord of both. He is the Lord of time, and will be so 'till day and night shall come to an end, and the stream of time be swallowed up in the ocean of eternity. 6. That this was the first day's work, The evening and the morning were the first day - The darkness of the evening was before the light of the morning, that it might set it off, and make it shine the brighter.

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 1:4

  • Samuel Rosario on Genesis 1:4
    CLEARLY GEN 1:4 TALKS ABOUT THE ETERNAL KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, "SAW" MEANS HE "KNEW" IN ADVANCE...GOD REVEALS HIMSELF INTO THE EARTHLY ROUND FOR THE FIRST TIME,AND HIS LIGHT BEFORE HIM DIVIDED THE PLANET IN TWO KINGDOMS "GOOD"OR LIGHT FROM "DARKNESS"OR EVIL..
  • Light warrior - in Reply on Genesis 1:4
    "All seeds are planted in darkness.". (sorry the autocorrect misread my voice)
  • Light warrior - in Reply on Genesis 1:4
    Absolutely incorrect... Light and dark does not reflect Good and evil. This is a misnomer. Light and darkness are both two equal parts of a whole. God uses these two elements to create space for growth and learning. we all spend nine months in darkness before receiving a light and coming from our mother's womb. I'll see you tomorrow planted in dirt into darkness to germinate. after some time they peek through the surface and receive the sunlight and finish their growth. Everything starts off in darkness.


 

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