Word Summary
raqia: an extended surface, expanse
Original Word: רָקִיעַ
Transliteration: raqia
Phonetic Spelling: (raw-kee'-ah)
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Short Definition: an extended surface, expanse
Meaning: an expanse, the firmament, visible arch of the sky
Strong's Concordance

From raqa'; properly, an expanse, i.e. The firmament or (apparently) visible arch of the sky -- firmament.

see HEBREW raqa'


H7549. raqia

רָקִיעַnoun masculineGenesis 1:6 extended surface, (solid) expanse (as if beaten out; compare Job 37:18); — absolute ׳רEzekiel 1:22 +, construct ׳רְGenesis 1:14 +; — ᵐ5στερέωμα, ᵑ9firmamentum, compare Syriac below √above; —

1 (flat) expanse (as if of ice, compare הַקֶּרַח כְּעֵין‎), as base, support (WklAltor. Forsch. iv. 347) Ezekiel 1:22-23, 25(gloss ? compare Co Toy), 1:26 (supporting ׳י‎'s throne). Hence (Co1:22)

2 the vault of heaven, or 'firmament,' regarded by Hebrews as solid, and supporting 'waters' above it, Genesis 1:6-7, (3 t. in verse); 1:8 (called שָׁמַיַם‎; all P), Psalm 19:2 ("" הַשָּׁמַיַם‎), הָר ׳זֹהַרDaniel 12:3; also הַשָּׁמִיִם ׳רGenesis 1:14-15, 17, ר ׳עַלמְּֿנֵי ׳הַשּׁ1:20 (all P). **עֻזּוֺ רְקִיעַPsalm 150:1 (suffix reference to ׳י‎).