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

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

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

  • From the Beginning 2Thess:2 , 3John 1:4 ily
    (10)But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Knowing where we are from, why we are here, where we are going is important. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.Our Redeemer (repossesses) our past John 17:5
  • Irene123
    Rev. 12:17 (2 days ago) - That was beautiful, it really was. And yes, I have the testimony of Jesus Christ in my heart, by His Holy Spirit in me - as of Jy.20, '14.
  • Matter of Importance Rev 12:17 (very small portion) ily
    with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Do you have the testimony of Jesus Christ in your heart? You may have trouble following any of this if you do not .John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture... I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life
  • A disciple
    So MUCH "parroting" of others' sayings, and guessing at the meaning of Scripture! Why is it so neglected to teach the younger to be quiet and wait on the Lord? Knowledge and understanding comes by continuing in the Word in reading and DOING; and by asking in prayer and waiting for growth and maturity; and by time and patience, through proving faithful by many trials. A novice has none of THESE!
  • The War Revelations 12vs Gen 1:2 ily
    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. Satan caused the flood he was Darkness upon the deep. The Spirit of God and Jesus Christ moved upon the waters.Rev13 is this World except revealing 13:8 There is a parallel, but definitely different(12) This is hard to picture Revelations means to reveal
  • Works of Old :Proverb 8:22-23(Morning) ily
    The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
    I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. The works of old is when things grow old and die and are reborn in a perpetual motion.(Time/this Universe)It started with let there be light. Death reigns here. But there was death with the darkness of the World Without End (World that was) .

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