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Genesis 1:5 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night: and the evening and the morning were the first day.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— and God called, the light, day, but, the darkness, called he, night. So it was evening—and it was morning, one day.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and God calleth to the light 'Day,' and to the darkness He hath called 'Night;' and there is an evening, and there is a morning—day one.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And he called the light Day, and the darkness Night; and there was evening and morning one day.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And God called the light, Day, and the darknesse he called Night: and the euening and the morning were the first day.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night, and there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And Elohim called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And lhm אֱלֹהִים 430
{0430} Prime
אֱלֹהִים
'elohiym
{el-o-heem'}
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
called 7121
{7121} Prime
קָרָא
qara'
{kaw-raw'}
A primitive root (rather identical with H7122 through the idea of accosting a person met); to call out to (that is, properly address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
the light 216
{0216} Prime
אוֹר
'owr
{ore}
From H0215; illumination or (concretely) luminary (in every sense, including lightning, happiness, etc.).
Day, 3117
{3117} Prime
יוֹם
yowm
{yome}
From an unused root meaning to be hot; a day (as the warm hours), whether literally (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figuratively (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverbially).
and the darkness 2822
{2822} Prime
חֹשֶׁךְ
choshek
{kho-shek'}
From H2821; the dark; hence (literally) darkness; figuratively misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness.
he called 7121
{7121} Prime
קָרָא
qara'
{kaw-raw'}
A primitive root (rather identical with H7122 through the idea of accosting a person met); to call out to (that is, properly address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications).
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
Night. 3915
{3915} Prime
לַיִל
layil
{lah'-yil}
From the same as H3883; properly a twist (away of the light), that is, night; figuratively adversity.
And the evening 6153
{6153} Prime
עֶרֶב
`ereb
{eh'-reb}
From H6150; dusk.
and the morning 1242
{1242} Prime
בֹּקֶר
boqer
{bo'-ker}
From H1239; properly dawn (as the break of day); generally morning.
were x1961
(1961) Complement
הָיָה
hayah
{haw-yaw'}
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
the first 259
{0259} Prime
אֶחָד
'echad
{ekh-awd'}
A numeral from H0258; properly united, that is, one; or (as an ordinal) first.
day. 3117
{3117} Prime
יוֹם
yowm
{yome}
From an unused root meaning to be hot; a day (as the warm hours), whether literally (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figuratively (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverbially).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Genesis 1:5

_ _ first day — a natural day, as the mention of its two parts clearly determines; and Moses reckons, according to Oriental usage, from sunset to sunset, saying not day and night as we do, but evening and morning.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Genesis 1:3-5.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

See commentary on Genesis 1:3-5.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
Psalms 19:2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
Psalms 74:16 The day [is] thine, the night also [is] thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
Psalms 104:20 Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep [forth].
Isaiah 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these [things].
Jeremiah 33:20 Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season;
1 Corinthians 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
Ephesians 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
1 Thessalonians 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

And the evening and the morning were:
Heb. And the evening was, and the morning was,
Genesis 1:8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Genesis 1:13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
Genesis 1:19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Genesis 1:23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, [it was] very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
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Gn 1:8, 13, 19, 23, 31; 8:22. Ps 19:2; 74:16; 104:20. Is 45:7. Jr 33:20. 1Co 3:13. Ep 5:13. 1Th 5:5.

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Easy, Danthrax. You quoted the first use of 'day' in Gen 1:5, whereas Richard was apparently speaking of the second use of 'day' in Gen 1:5. Is it not human, somewhat logical, and perhaps even correct to consider "evening...morning...one day" as a 24 hour period, as that is the length of a day as we have always known it?

2 Peter 3:8 King James Version (KJV 1769)
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Perhaps one day we will fully understand that concept of time from God's perspective. But until then, in this case I too would have to lean towards the notion that a day is a day as I know. But who's to say that God couldn't fit 1000 year of stuff within it?
- jst (7/11/2011 8:58:03 PM)
So, the verse itself says "And God called the light Day" but you say "And God called the 24 hours Day" ?? How dare you traduce the word of God to promote your opinion?
- Danthrax (7/9/2011 11:53:18 PM)
this verse makes it perfectly clear that the hebrew word yom is 24 hour period of time,in other words a day not aperiod of a thousand years !
- Richard Mann (1/2/2011 12:05:52 PM) [qBible.com]
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