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

  • A disciple
    God made man in His image and likeness: like to His own character attributes; a replication of Himself, to be His children and companions. He made man a living soul, and housed him in a body of flesh, which is animated by spirit. There are many parts in the Bible which speak of God in terms of three distinct persons; in fact also, that one of those distinct persons, is SEVEN! (Revelation 1:4; 4:5)
  • Bruce
    Rick:V:26 let us make man in our image---. 1John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father the Word and the Holy Ghost:--. I never heard of three gods? Is 1John 5:7 saying there's a Trinity in heaven keeping record and they are the Father the Word and the Holy Ghost?
  • A disciple
    Rick You are right! Trinity is not written as such in the Scriptures. The greatness of God is too high for any man to count; but He does give us some things to know and understand Him, in the capacity we ARE able. For example; in John 13-16, Jesus in many places speaks of the Spirit as a divine person, "whom the Father will send in my name:"and at Jesus' baptism, three separate persons are there.
  • Hector D.
    The bible DOES refer to God as "God the Father," the bible does NOT refer to Jesus as "God the Son," nor does the bible refer the HolyGhost as "God the HolyGhost." Jesus is referred to as the son of God, son of Man, Wonderful,Counselor, THE Mighty God, THE everlasting Father,Prince of Peace, Redeamer, Savior, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, the Word, God manifested in flesh, the Way, I Am, I AM HE!!!
  • Rick
    Show me the word trinity in the word of God? Where is it written there are three Gods in one? There are three different manifestations of God, God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit, but all three are the same one God. They are just in different forms. Jesus was God robed in flesh, but was God, The Holy Spirit was non other than the spirit of God and God is God and there is non other!
  • A disciple
    Bishop Royalty Jones, thank you for your post. I would like to add, that God, who knows the thoughts and intents of everyone's heart, knows that it is a conscious moral choice in people who "act like" they don't know why all the evil is coming on the world. For example; in Rev. 16:10-11, they "...blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds."

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