Genesis 1:9

“And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And God said, Let the waters vnder the heauen be gathered together vnto one place, and let the dry land appeare: and it was so.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then God said, "Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear; and it was so."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven come together in one place, and let the dry land be seen: and it was so.
- Basic English Bible

And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together to one place, and let the dry [land] appear. And it was so.
- Darby Bible

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
- Webster's Bible

God said, "Let the waters under the sky be gathered together to one place, and let the dry land appear;" and it was so.
- World English Bible

And God saith, `Let the waters under the heavens be collected unto one place, and let the dry land be seen:' and it is so.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And God said: 'Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear.' And it was so.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 1:9


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

  • Jeff Berry
    Creation began in Genesis 1:1 and ended in Genesis 2:2. EVERYTHING we believe is determined by our interpretation of these verses! Only a literal interpretation gives us a standard (an anchor) for everything else we believe. If man's science seems to contridic God's Word, man's science is simply wrong.
  • Will
    To Stephen and anyone else confused on Genesis from the to of Nimrod back time was measured differently. I am no scholar but if you read the Bible from what written Genesis 1:1-19. I can prove it was not millions of years but only a few thousand.
  • STEPHEN
    Genesis is very interesting. Between Genesis 1 and 2 there are millions of years.
  • Donna Cromb
    Jone, it reads that plants were the meat at first, which would make vegetarians happy, but after the flood with Noah God let us have the flesh of animals. Is that what u wanted to know?
    God created the perfect world and we messed it up but I don't think that's why He let us have the flesh after Noah. Interesting that u caught that.
  • A disciple
    Christine; What is the point of your questioning? God called the gathering of the waters together, Seas; and the dry He called Earth. He made the heavens and the earth by His own power and understanding, for He is God Almighty! We have been made in God's image and likeness to be His children; but the wiles of the devil and our own sinning has kept us from ever being able to learn what that means.
  • Bruce
    Jone: For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with Thanksgiving:1Timothy 4:4.

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