Genesis 1:8 in Greek:

καὶ ἐκάλεσεν ὁ θεὸς τὸ στερέωμα οὐρανόν. καὶ εἶδεν ὁ θεὸς ὅτι καλόν. καὶ ἐγένετο ἑσπέρα καὶ ἐγένετο πρωί, ἡμέρα δευτέρα.

Transliteration: And called The God the firmament heaven and saw The God that beautiful and caused evening and caused morning day two.

Genesis 1:8 in Hebrew:

.וַיִּקְרָא אֱלֹהִים לָרָקִיעַ, שָׁמָיִם; וַיְהִי-עֶרֶב וַיְהִי-בֹקֶר, יוֹם שֵׁנִי

Transliteration: And called God the firmament Heaven and were the evening and the morning day the second.

Genesis 1:8 in English (KJV):

And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.


The word “firmament” is an unfortunate translation of the Hebrew word “raqia.” A better translation is “expanse” to describe the atmosphere. This is corrected in the English Standard Version. It is possible the expanse not only included the atmosphere, but extended to include all of outer space.

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