Genesis 1:7

“And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Genesis 1:7

And God made the firmament; and diuided the waters, which were vnder the firmament, from the waters, which were aboue the firmament: and it was so.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And God made the arch for a division between the waters which were under the arch and those which were over it: and it was so.
- Basic English Bible

And God made the expanse, and divided between the waters that are under the expanse and the waters that are above the expanse; and it was so.
- Darby Bible

And God made the firmament; and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
- Webster's Bible

God made the expanse, and divided the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.
- World English Bible

And God maketh the expanse, and it separateth between the waters which [are] under the expanse, and the waters which [are] above the expanse: and it is so.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Genesis 1:7

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 1:7


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.

1:9-13 The third day's work is related in these verses; the forming the sea and the dry land, and making the earth fruitful. Hitherto the power of the Creator had been employed about the upper part of the visible world; now he descends to this lower world, designed for the children of men, both for their habitation, and their maintenance. And here we have an account of the fitting of it for both; the building of their house, and the spreading of their table. Observe, 1. How the earth was prepared to be a habitation for man by the gathering of the waters together, and making the dry land appear. Thus, instead of that confusion which was, when earth and water were mixed in one great mass; now there is order, by such a separation as rendered them both useful. (1.) The waters which covered the earth were ordered to retire, and to gather into one place, viz. those hollows which were fitted for their reception. The waters thus lodged in their proper place, he called Seas; for though they are many, in distant regions, yet either above ground or under ground, they have communication with each other, and so they are one, and the common receptacle of waters, into which all the rivers run. (2.) The dry land was made to appear, and emerge out of the waters, and was called Earth. Observe, 2. How the earth was furnished for the support of man, #Ge 1:11|,12. Present provision was made, by the immediate products of the earth, which, in obedience to God's command, was no sooner made but it became fruitful. Provision was likewise made for time to come, by the perpetuating of the several species of vegetables, every one having its seed in itself after its kind, that during the continuance of man upon the earth, food might be fetched out of the earth, for his use and benefit.


Discussion for Genesis 1:7

  • Sj - in Reply on Genesis 1:7
    Man is spirit, soul, and body. Earth is land and sea and everything else that makes up the earth.
  • Mike on Genesis 1:7
    Genesis 1:7 KJV

    (7) And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

    God divided the waters (people) which were under the firmament (the unbelievers) from the waters (people) which were above the firmament (the believers).

    Jesus said He was from above while those who did not believe Him were from beneath.

    John 8:23-24 KJV

    (23) And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

    (24) I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

    As God divided the waters, we also must not be unequally yoked together (those who are above with those from under the firmament) with the unbelievers of the Word of Truth that we hear spoken from above. The firmament or expanse is the opening up of our ears to the hearing of the knowledge of God spoken from Heaven. Belief/faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God.

    2 Corinthians 6:14-15 KJV

    (14) Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

    (15) And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

    The waters were divided as God calls us to come out from among the unbelievers of the Word of Truth and be separate from them. What communion does light have with those of are of the darkness?

    2 Corinthians 6:17-18 KJV

    (17) Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

    (18) And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
  • Michelle on Genesis 1:7
    I love God Jesus and the Holy Spirit! God Is Awesome.
  • Benedict Holomah on Genesis 1:7
    I believe in God and His words and the words are life unto my soul,that is what is making me who I am. The word of life is what every soul needed to sustain on this earth. Please let try as much as possible to bring back the lost. God Bless You as you win today.
  • DavidicLineage on Genesis 1:7
    So, these unnamed waters that remain above Heaven. Anyone got a bead on their significance? Is that the battlefield this whole universe is prep for?
  • Rose on Genesis 1:7
    praise God How awesome our heavenly Father is the same today as yesterday He never changes an as we receive his pure love his word his truth an promises in his son Jesus we yearn to change Amen
  • Stacy on Genesis 1:7
    GOD IS REALLY WONDERFUL AND THE SAME POWER HE USED TO SEPERATED THE FIRMAMENTS AND THE WATERS IS THE SAME POWER THAT HE IS USING TODAY TO SEPERATE HIS PEOPLE.
  • Valerie on Genesis 1:7
    Hello I love this Verse its a nice info god did
  • Helen on Genesis 1:7
    OUR GOD IS POWERFUL AND ANYTHING HE DOES IS WISE, WE ARE HUMAN BEINGS VERY SMALL TO QUESTION. OBEY WHAT IS WRITTEN. ONE DAY YOU WILL SEE HIM IN HEAVEN THEN ASK HIM THIS FUNNY QUESTION
  • Theo on Genesis 1:7
    This passage right futher illistrates the awsomeness of GOD. He seperated the waters fom the waters and it also further proves the canvas theory. The bible is true as it is the word of GOD


 

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