New American Standard Bible
God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
King James Bible
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
Darby Bible Translation
And God saw the light that it was good; and God divided between the light and the darkness.
World English Bible
God saw the light, and saw that it was good. God divided the light from the darkness.
Young's Literal Translation
And God seeth the light that it is good, and God separateth between the light and the darkness,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Then saw God the light that it was good. - God contemplates his work, and derives the feeling of complacence from the perception of its excellence. Here we have two other archetypal faculties displayed in God, which subsequently make their appearance in the nature of man, the understanding, and the judgment.
The perception of things external to Himself is an important fact in the relation between the Creator and the creature. It implies that the created thing is distinct from the creating Being, and external to Him. It therefore contradicts pantheism in all its forms.
The judgment is merely another branch of the apprehensive or cognitive faculty, by which we note physical and ethical relations and distinctions of things. It comes immediately into view on observing the object now called into existence. God saw "that it was good." That is good in general which fulfills the end of its being. The relation of good and evil has a place and an application in the physical world, but it ascends through all the grades of the intellectual and the moral. That form of the judgement which takes cognizance of moral distinctions is of so much importance as to have received a distinct name, - the conscience, or moral sense.
Here the moral rectitude of God is vindicated, inasmuch as the work of His power is manifestly good. This refutes the doctrine of the two principles, the one good and the other evil, which the Persian sages have devised in order to account for the presence of moral and physical evil along with the good in the present condition of our world.
Divided between the light and between the darkness. - God then separates light and darkness, by assigning to each its relative position in time and space. This no doubt refers to the vicissitudes of day and night, as we learn from the following verse:
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Appendix ix. List of Old Testament Passages Messianically Applied in Ancient Rabbinic Writings
Covenanting Adapted to the Moral Constitution of Man.
The LORD is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works.
All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD, And Your godly ones shall bless You.
The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the LORD who does all these.
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