Genesis 1:6
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New International Version
And God said, "Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water."

King James Bible
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

Darby Bible Translation
And God said, Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it be a division between waters and waters.

World English Bible
God said, "Let there be an expanse in the middle of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters."

Young's Literal Translation
And God saith, 'Let an expanse be in the midst of the waters, and let it be separating between waters and waters.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And God said, Let there be a firmament - Our translators, by following the firmamentum of the Vulgate, which is a translation of the στερεωμα of the Septuagint, have deprived this passage of all sense and meaning. The Hebrew word רקיע rakia, from רקע raka, to spread out as the curtains of a tent or pavilion, simply signifies an expanse or space, and consequently that circumambient space or expansion separating the clouds, which are in the higher regions of it, from the seas, etc., which are below it. This we call the atmosphere, the orb of atoms or inconceivably small particles; but the word appears to have been used by Moses in a more extensive sense, and to include the whole of the planetary vortex, or the space which is occupied by the whole solar system.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Let there.

Genesis 1:14,20 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs...

Genesis 7:11,12 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month...

Job 26:7,8,13 He stretches out the north over the empty place, and hangs the earth on nothing...

Job 37:11,18 Also by watering he wearies the thick cloud: he scatters his bright cloud...

Job 38:22-26 Have you entered into the treasures of the snow? or have you seen the treasures of the hail...

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.

Psalm 33:6,9 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth...

Psalm 104:2 Who cover yourself with light as with a garment: who stretch out the heavens like a curtain:

Psalm 136:5,6 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endures for ever...

Psalm 148:4 Praise him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters that be above the heavens.

Psalm 150:1 Praise you the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

Ecclesiastes 11:3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north...

Jeremiah 10:10,12,13 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble...

Jeremiah 51:15 He has made the earth by his power, he has established the world by his wisdom, and has stretched out the heaven by his understanding.

Zechariah 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, said the LORD, which stretches forth the heavens, and lays the foundation of the earth...

firmament. Heb. expansion.

Library
God's World
(Preached before the Prince of Wales, at Sandringham, 1866.) GENESIS i. 1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. It may seem hardly worth while to preach upon this text. Every one thinks that he believes it. Of course--they say--we know that God made the world. Teach us something we do not know, not something which we do. Why preach to us about a text which we fully understand, and believe already? Because, my friends, there are few texts in the Bible more difficult to believe
Charles Kingsley—Discipline and Other Sermons

The Purpose in the Coming of Jesus.
God Spelling Himself out in Jesus: change in the original language--bother in spelling Jesus out--sticklers for the old forms--Jesus' new spelling of old words. Jesus is God following us up: God heart-broken--man's native air--bad choice affected man's will--the wrong lane--God following us up. The Early Eden Picture, Genesis 1:26-31. 2:7-25: unfallen man--like God--the breath of God in man--a spirit, infinite, eternal--love--holy--wise--sovereign over creation, Psalm 8:5-8--in his own will--summary--God's
S. D. Gordon—Quiet Talks about Jesus

Gordon -- Man in the Image of God
George Angier Gordon, Congregational divine, was born in Scotland, 1853. He was educated at Harvard, and has been minister of Old South Church, Boston, Massachusetts, since 1884. His pulpit style is conspicuous for its directness and forcefulness, and he is considered in a high sense the successor of Philip Brooks. He was lecturer in the Lowell Institute Course, 1900; Lyman Beecher Lecturer, Yale, 1901; university preacher to Harvard, 1886-1890; to Yale, 1888-1901; Harvard overseer. He is the author
Various—The World's Great Sermons, Volume 10

An Essay on the Mosaic Account of the Creation and Fall of Man
THERE are not a few difficulties in the account, which Moses has given of the creation of the world, and of the formation, and temptation, and fall of our first parents. Some by the six days of the creation have understood as many years. Whilst others have thought the creation of the world instantaneous: and that the number of days mentioned by Moses is only intended to assist our conception, who are best able to think of things in order of succession. No one part of this account is fuller of difficulties,
Nathaniel Lardner—An Essay on the Mosaic Account of the Creation and Fall of Man

Cross References
2 Peter 3:5
But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.

Psalm 19:1
For the director of music. A psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Psalm 33:6
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

Psalm 136:6
who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever.

Isaiah 40:22
He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.

Jeremiah 10:12
But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.

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