Genesis 1:18
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New International Version
to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.

New Living Translation
to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

English Standard Version
to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

New American Standard Bible
and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.

King James Bible
And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
to dominate the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.

International Standard Version
to differentiate between day and night, and to distinguish light from darkness. And God saw how good it was.

NET Bible
to preside over the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
to dominate the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and to rule over the day and over the night and to divide the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.

King James 2000 Bible
And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

American King James Version
And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

American Standard Version
and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And to rule the day and the night, and to divide the light and the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

Darby Bible Translation
and to rule during the day and during the night, and to divide between the light and the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

English Revised Version
and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

Webster's Bible Translation
And to rule over the day, and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

World English Bible
and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good.

Young's Literal Translation
and to rule over day and over night, and to make a separation between the light and the darkness; and God seeth that it is good;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:14-19 In the fourth day's work, the creation of the sun, moon, and stars is accounted for. All these are the works of God. The stars are spoken of as they appear to our eyes, without telling their number, nature, place, size, or motions; for the Scriptures were written, not to gratify curiosity, or make us astronomers, but to lead us to God, and make us saints. The lights of heaven are made to serve him; they do it faithfully, and shine in their season without fail. We are set as lights in this world to serve God; but do we in like manner answer the end of our creation? We do not: our light does not shine before God, as his lights shine before us. We burn our Master's candles, but do not mind our Master's work.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And to rule over the day, and over the night,.... The one, namely the sun, or greater light, to rule over the day, and the moon and stars, the lesser lights, to rule over the night: this is repeated from Genesis 1:16 to show the certainty of it, and that the proper uses of these lights might be observed, and that a just value might be put upon them, but not carried beyond due bounds:

and to divide the light from the darkness; as the day from the night, which is done by the sun, Genesis 1:14 and to dissipate and scatter the darkness of the night, and give some degree of light, though in a more feeble manner, which is done by the moon and stars:

and God saw that it was good; or foresaw it would be, that there should be such lights in the heaven, which would be exceeding beneficial to the inhabitants of the earth, as they find by good experience it is, and therefore have great reason to be thankful, and to adore the wisdom and goodness of God; see Psalm 136:1. See Gill on Genesis 1:4.



Genesis 1:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Fourth Day: Sun, Moon, Stars
17God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. 19There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.
Cross References
Genesis 1:19
And there was evening, and there was morning--the fourth day.

Jeremiah 31:35
This is what the LORD says, he who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar-- the LORD Almighty is his name:
Treasury of Scripture

And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

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