New International Version
So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so.
King James Bible
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
Darby Bible Translation
And God made the expanse, and divided between the waters that are under the expanse and the waters that are above the expanse; and it was so.
World English Bible
God made the expanse, and divided the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.
Young's Literal Translation
And God maketh the expanse, and it separateth between the waters which are under the expanse, and the waters which are above the expanse: and it is so.
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CommentaryClarke'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
(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.
Gordon -- Man in the Image of God
An Essay on the Mosaic Account of the Creation and Fall of Man
God called the vault "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning--the second day.
"Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb,
For the director of music. A psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.
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