Genesis 1:10
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New International Version
God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.

New Living Translation
God called the dry ground "land" and the waters "seas." And God saw that it was good.

English Standard Version
God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

New American Standard Bible
God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good.

King James Bible
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God called the dry land "earth," and He called the gathering of the water "seas." And God saw that it was good.

International Standard Version
God called the dry ground "land," and he called the water that had come together "oceans." And God saw how good it was.

NET Bible
God called the dry ground "land" and the gathered waters he called "seas." God saw that it was good.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God named the dry land [earth]. The water which came together he named [sea]. God saw that it was good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters he called Seas; and God saw that it was good.

King James 2000 Bible
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

American King James Version
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

American Standard Version
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And God called the dry land, Earth; and the gathering together of the waters, he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

Darby Bible Translation
And God called the dry [land] Earth, and the gathering together of the waters he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

English Revised Version
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

Webster's Bible Translation
And God called the dry land Earth, and the collection of waters he called Seas: and God saw that it was good.

World English Bible
God called the dry land "earth," and the gathering together of the waters he called "seas." God saw that it was good.

Young's Literal Translation
And God calleth to the dry land 'Earth,' and to the collection of the waters He hath called 'Seas;' and God seeth that it is good.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:6-13 The earth was emptiness, but by a word spoken, it became full of God's riches, and his they are still. Though the use of them is allowed to man, they are from God, and to his service and honour they must be used. The earth, at his command, brings forth grass, herbs, and fruits. God must have the glory of all the benefit we receive from the produce of the earth. If we have, through grace, an interest in Him who is the Fountain, we may rejoice in him when the streams of temporal mercies are dried up.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - And God called the dry land Earth. In opposition to the firmament, which was named" the heights" (shamayim), the dry land was styled "the fiats," "Aretz" (cf. Sansc., dhara; Pehlev., arta; Latin, terra; Gothic, airtha; Scottish, yird; English, earth; rid. Gesenius). Originally applied to the dry ground as distinguished from the seas, as soon as it was understood that the solid earth was continuous beneath the water masses, by an easy extension of meaning it came to signify the whole surface of the globe. And the gathering together of the waters called he Seas. Yamim, from yom, to boil or foam, is applied in Scripture to any large collection of water (cf. Genesis 14:3; Numbers 34:11; Deuteronomy 4:49; Joel 2:20). "The plural form seas shows that the one place consists of several basins" (Murphy). And God saw that it was good. The waters having been permanently withdrawn to the place founded for them by the upheaval of the great mountain ranges, and the elevation of the continental areas, the work thus accomplished is sealed by the Divine approval. The separation of the land and water was good, as a decided advance towards the completion of the cosmos, as the proper termination of the work commenced upon the previous day, as the production of two elements in themselves beautiful, and in separation useful as abodes of life, with which they were in due course to be replenished. "To our view," says Dawson, "that primeval dry land would scarcely have seemed good. It was a world of bare, rocky peaks and verdureless valleys - here active volcanoes, with their heaps of scoriae, and scarcely cooled lava currents - there vast mud-fiats, recently upheaved from the bottom of the waters - nowhere even a blade of grass or a clinging lichen. Yet it was good in the view of its Maker, who could see it in relation to the uses for which he had made it, and as a fit preparatory step to the new wonders he was soon to introduce. "Besides," the first dry land may have presented crags, and peaks, and ravines, and volcanic cones in a more marvelous and perfect manner than any succeeding continents, even as the dry and barren moon now, in this respect, far surpasses the earth" ('O.W.,' p. 181).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And God called the dry land earth,.... The whole chaos, that was a turbid fluid, a mixture of earth and water, a rude unformed mass of matter, was called earth before; but now that part of the terraqueous globe, which was separated from the waters, and they from it, is called "earth": which has its name in the Arabic language from its being low and depressed; the lighter parts having been elevated, and moved upwards, and formed the atmosphere; the grosser parts subsiding and falling downwards, made the earth, which is low with respect to the firmament, which has its name in the same language from its height (f), as before observed,

And the gathering together of the waters called he seas; for though there was but one place into which they were collected, and which is the main ocean, with which all other waters have a communication, and so are one; yet there are divers seas, as the Red sea, the Mediterranean, Caspian, Baltic, &c. or which are denominated from the shores they wash, as the German, British, &c. and even lakes and pools of water are called seas, as the sea of Galilee and Tiberias, which was no other than the lake of Gennesaret,

And God saw that it was good; that these two should be separate, that the waters should be in one place, and the dry land appear, and both have the names he gave them: and this is here mentioned, because now the affair of the waters, the division aud separation of them, were brought to an end, and to perfection: but because this phrase is here used, and not at the mention of the second day, hence Picherellus, and some others, have thought, that this work is to be ascribed to the second day, and not to the third, and render the beginning of the ninth verse, and "God had said", or "after God had said, let the waters under the heaven", &c. Genesis 1:9.

(f) "a verbo", "sublimis, elatus, altus fuit"; "lingua Arabica, humilis, depressus fuit significat", Bottinger. Thesaur, Philolog. l. 1. c. 2. sect. 6. p. 234.



Genesis 1:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Third Day: Dry Ground
9Then God said, "Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so. 10God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. 11Then God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them"; and it was so.…
Cross References
Psalm 33:7
He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses.

Psalm 95:5
The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.

Psalm 146:6
He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them-- he remains faithful forever.
Treasury of Scripture

And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

God saw.

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