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KJV Genesis Moses (JST Genesis) Abraham Notes
And God said, Let there be light:and there was light.
And I, God, said: Let there belight; and there was light.
And they (the Gods) said: Letthere be light; and there was light.The creative process is one of bringing order to chaos; thefirst act is separating light and darkness, creating aboundary between the two. In the scriptures, light is alwaysgood and of God, the antithesis of darkness and evil.
“Good” in this context means suitable or conducive for th
And God saw the light, that itwas good: and God divided the lightfrom the darkness.
And I, God, saw the light; andthat light was good. And I, God,divided the light from the darkness.
And they (the Gods)
comprehended the light, for it wasbright;
and they divided the light,or caused it to be divided, from thedarkness.
And God called the light Day,and the darkness he called Night.And the evening and the morningwere the first day.
And I, God, called the light Day;and the darkness, I called Night;
and this I did by the word of my power, and it was done as I spake;
and the evening and the morningwere the first day.
And the Gods called the lightDay, and the darkness they calledNight.
And it came to pass that from the evening until morning they called night; and from the morninguntil the evening they called day;
and this was the first,
or thebeginning, of that which they called day and night.
Seven times during the creation naming or blessingfollows the creative act (Gen. 1:5, 8, 10, 22, 28; 2:3, 23).Naming can be an indication of sovereignty (2 Kgs. 23:34).The Jewish day begins at sundown, hence day one started
with the dark (“evening”), continued through the creation of
ght (“morning”), and ended with nightfall.
And God said, Let there be afirmament in the midst of thewaters, and let it divide the watersfrom the waters.
And again, I, God, said: Letthere be a firmament in the midstof the water, and it was so, even asI spake; and I said: Let it divide thewaters from the waters; and it wasdone;
And the Gods also said: Letthere be an
in the midst of the waters, and it shall divide thewaters from the waters.
The term “firmament” (or “expanse”) envisions something
strong and shiny (Job 37:18 refers to the skies poured outlike a molten mirror, and Dan. 12:3 and Ezek. 1:22 portray itas shiny). To the ancients the sky or atmosphere seemed
like a glass or metallic dome. (See “Ancient HebrewCosmology”
on p.12.)This dome separated the waters below (oceans
, or “great
Moses 2:7; Abr. 4:10, 22) from the waters above(the source of clouds and rain). There were openings in thedome,
—called “the windows of heaven”—
through whichGod could cast down rain or other blessings (Gen. 7:11; 8:2;Mal. 3:10).Here again the word
And God made the firmament,and divided the waters which wereunder the firmament from thewaters which were above thefirmament: and it was so.
And I, God, made thefirmament and divided the waters,yea, the
under thefirmament from the waters whichwere above the firmament, and itwas so even as I spake.
And the Gods ordered the
, so that it divided thewaters which were under the
from the waters whichwere above the
; and it wasso, even as they ordered.
And God called the firmamentHeaven. And the evening and themorning were the second day.
And I, God, called thefirmament Heaven; and theevening and the morning were thesecond day.
And the Gods called theexpanse, Heaven.
And it came to pass that it was from evening until morning that they called night; and it came to pass that it was frommorning until evening that they called day;
and this was the second
time that they called night and day.