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 for Genesis 1:6

¶ 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 for Genesis 1:6

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

  • Cynthia Ussery on Genesis 1:6
    Yes thank you what chapter in the Bible were saying about one of the men's that was crucified on the cross with JESUS say they hung him up side down
  • Stanjett - in Reply on Genesis 1:6
    No where. Jesus and the two thiefs were right side up.
  • Jim E Scott - in Reply on Genesis 1:6
    Peter was crucified upside down. He was crucified many years later in Rome.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Genesis 1:6
    Where did they put Jesus while the were preparing the hole for the Cross ???

    He was on the ground, nailed to the cross, face pointed at the clouds.

    Don't yell at me thank u very much :)
  • Virgie - in Reply on Genesis 1:6
    The Bible gives no records of a hole, who dug it, or how. The hole wasn't important
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 1:6
    If I'm understanding you correctly, the thieves that hung on their crosses at each side of Jesus, were hung & nailed in the 'proper manner', so to speak. There's no indication that their crucifixion was any different to the others. There is a tradition however, that the Apostle Peter was crucified upside down at his request, so that his crucifixion would not resemble his Lord's. But that is only tradition & not found in Scripture.

    In John 21:18, Jesus told Peter, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not". Some have understood Jesus' prophecy of Peter that one day he would be taken as a prisoner & eventually crucified. We can't be certain that is what is meant. Whatever the case, it is of praise to the Lord that all His servants, the apostles, were willing to lay down their lives for Jesus, as Jesus had done for them. That should be cause of much searching of our own hearts in our love & commitment to our wonderful Saviour.
  • Mike on Genesis 1:6
    Genesis 1:6 KJV

    (6) And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

    The "firmament" or "expanse" is a metaphor about the opening of the hearing ear and the "waters" are people (Revelation 17:15).

    The hearing of the Word of Truth from Heaven among many people divides them: the believers from the unbelievers.

    Even the word for "ear" in Hebrew (ozen) means "broadness, to expand".

    Job 36:10 KJV

    (10) He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.

    God opens up our ears to His knowledge that is sent from Heaven via the Spirit. The "firmament" is called "Heaven" for what we hear is from there. Jesus said often: he that has an ear, let him hear

    Revelation 3:6 KJV

    (6) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

    The good news is reported unto us with Holy Spirit is sent down from Heaven

    1 Peter 1:12 KJV

    (12) Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

    Jesus healed the deaf man by looking into Heaven as He opened up his ears. The "firmament" or expanse is the opening up of our ears to God's knowledge from Heaven.

    Mark 7:33-34 KJV

    (33) And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;

    (34) And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.

    Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word/Saying of God who said "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." The "waters" above the Heaven believe upon what they hear while those waters under do not believe. The "firmament" is firm and supports the waters above as they believe in what they hear.
  • Job mugodi on Genesis 1:6
    I like reading this book because always teaches me.
  • LoRdSaBaSiS on Genesis 1:6
    I did a search in trying to find a pertinent set of information in Genesis 1-6 but found a link to your site and thought I would try it out. I think you do have some valid points that you do touch on, but I have come to the conclusion that there are 2 teachings that the bible propose (The Inner, And The Outer). In saying that, I have come across many individuals in my time who have for the most part have meant well but have greatly misinterpreted the main concept of what is being conveyed . I have not read all your quotes on Genesis but will do so to get a better handle on what is being said in your article.
  • EC on Genesis 1:6
    This will help the stalmate...
    Science now confirms the literal account of genesis 1 to be true

    There are two main 'unresolved' issues perpetuating this stalemate. 1) The creation or evolution of the universe. 2) The mystery of the identity of a firmament.
    The controversy resulting in a stalemate with no resolve in visual sight clearly indicates flawed or false models unable to correspond or authenticate the literal account itself without contradicting science or reason. This has consequently resulted in two publicly displayed outcomes. 1) It has led science against the account itself to be false and 2) those that defend the account are rendered helpless with such a model to show without contradiction its validity… Either the model is flawed or the account itself is false.
    This resolving model will clearly show the account itself is indeed literally accurate, restoring its validity…
    1) The creation or evolution of the universe; Introduction

    This argument is not over the validity of the genesis account, that science now indicate to be literally true but indeed over one worldwide accepted ‘interpretation’ of the genesis account, that science has shown to be false…

    An interpretation of the account to be the creation of the ‘universe’ and that it evolved all within six days. It is this interpretation, widely accepted by Christianity that has been publicly argued, debated, scrutinized and disagreed to even within Christianity itself for hundreds of years now, from Origen in the 3rd century to present day… Indicating a false interpretation or rendering of the account of creation itself…

    This is affirmed by its inability to agree with science or reason…
    The lack of ability or power for this interpretation to correspond to any physical scientific evidence to declare or prove its validity has been detrimental to our unity. Forcing us to conform to a number of our own experimental physical models and scientific theory…
    There is no known literal interpretation of the creation account of genesis 1 accepted by science to be scientifically sound or valid…

    The most recent accepted scientific model of theory however; has publicly conceived two new implications regarding the planet and our existence…
    Our previous scientific understanding to the origin of our existence has been the evolution of the universe, from the big bang to the current planet and the eventual evolving of our existence for over 200 years…

    The Science community now publicly admonishes that ‘something else’ had to have happen to the planet inducing its inhabitants, regardless of the big bang’s universe…
    Without this second singular impacting event, there would be no life as we know it, just a nameless planet suspended in space and secondly the occurrence of this “impact theory”, divided the huge planetary size molten rock into two separate planetary size molten rocks… (Wikipedia)

    I submit; the account of this life inducing ‘dividing event’ was testified thousands of years ago by the literal record itself, before it was falsely interpreted the ‘creation of the universe’, that in fact predates the ‘dividing’ of this planet by some 14 billion years…

    This is affirmed by the ‘scientific recognized impact theory’ itself…
    The testament of the event would be the only known literal record of the account that does not contradict science or reason. The ancient genesis account of a Firmament…

    2) The mystery of the identity of a firmament; Introduction

    For thousands of years scholars and philosophers alike have pondered with what has been considered by many to be the greatest mystery of all time. Yet again, the stalemate of the most pivoting factor to the faith of man has no less than devoured his unity with scattered doubt and uncertainty…

    Our blind spot is the opening vision of our planet not known by name as of yet, with water all over it... Now as we see the planet covered in water suspended in space, if this is the only model we have, when God divides the waters from the waters we are left with only limited inconclusive scenarios of what that could look like.

    See the planet covered in water, as God divides half of the waters or so above the planet, and the remaining waters gather together to one place, where ever that might be, then at some point all the water above floods back to the planet, would that not recover the planet back to its original void state under water?

    Or the divided waters above the firmament remain above the waters under the firmament. Then our current alleged mystery is; where are the waters above? Being understood by the things that are made as it were should be clearly seen but are clearly not.
    We have no identified location for the displacement of the waters, on the earth or above it in this scenario, indicating a false model incapable of verifying the account itself… This is affirmed by the mystery of its identity…

    Our blind spot is revealed in this question; when we see the planet in space covered in water, other than the water itself, what does the planet have in common with any other planet we know of regarding its form?

    Your only answer should be; it’s round... It’s round or spherical with water all over it... What form would you say then, any planet we know of is in? Again its form is round...

    Well, according to the documented testament of the account, this planet was WITHOUT its form, covered entirely with water... I wonder what that model might look like, a PLANET, without its current form, suspended in space, covered in water… It would be the ‘true verifying model’ to test.

    To see the literal account in full go to, firmament-theresolve dot com.

    Thank you for your time,



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