Genesis 1:9 [study!]
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) 
And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry [land] appear: and it was so.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered into one place, and let the dry [land] appear: and it was so.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together to one place, and let the dry [land] appear. And it was so.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
And God saidLet the waters under the heavens, be gathered together, into one place, and let the dry-ground appear. And it was so.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
And God saith, 'Let the waters under the heavens be collected unto one place, and let the dry land be seen:' and it is so.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
God also said; Let the waters that are under the heaven, be gathered together into one place: and let the dry land appear. And it was so done.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) 
And God said, Let the waters vnder the heauen be gathered together vnto one place, and let the dry land appeare: and it was so.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
And God said, Let the water which is under the heaven be collected into one place, and let the dry land appear, and it was so. And the water which was under the heaven was collected into its places, and the dry land appeared.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008)  
And Elohim said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry [land] appear: and it was so.
Plural of H0433
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.
A primitive root; to say
(used with great latitude).
Stem - Qal (See H8851
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811
Count - 19885
Let the waters
Dual of a primitive noun (but used in a singular sense); water
; figuratively juice
; by euphemism urine
; properly a part
of; hence (prepositionally), from
or out of
in many senses.
From the same as H8430
; the bottom
); only adverbially below
(often with prepositional prefix underneath
), in lieu of
The second form being dual of an unused singular; from an unused root meaning to be lofty
; the sky
; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve).
be gathered together
A primitive root; to bind
together (perhaps by twisting
), that is, collect
; (figuratively) to expect
Stem - Niphal (See H8833
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811
Count - 1602
(Used only in the shortened constructive form (the second form)); a primitive particle, properly denoting motion towards
, but occasionally used of a quiescent position, that is, near
; often in general, to
A numeral from H0258
; properly united
, that is, one
; or (as an ordinal) first
; properly a standing
, that is, a spot
; but used widely of a locality
(generally or specifically); also (figuratively) of a condition
(of body or mind).
and let the dry
A primitive root; to see
, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitively, intransitively and causatively).
Stem - Niphal (See H8833
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811
Count - 1602
and it was
A primitive root (compare H1933
); to exist
, that is, be
, come to pass
(always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
; properly set
upright; hence (figuratively as adjective) just
; but usually (as adverb or conjugation) rightly
(in various applications to manner, time and relation; often with other particles).
_ _ Genesis 1:9-13. Third Day.
_ _ let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place The world was to be rendered a terraqueous globe, and this was effected by a volcanic convulsion on its surface, the upheaving of some parts, the sinking of others, and the formation of vast hollows, into which the waters impetuously rushed, as is graphically described (Psalms 104:6-9) [Hitchcock]. Thus a large part of the earth was left “dry land,” and thus were formed oceans, seas, lakes, and rivers which, though each having its own bed, or channel, are all connected with the sea (Job 38:10; Ecclesiastes 1:7).
_ _ The third day's work is related in these verses the forming of the sea and the dry land, and the making of the earth fruitful. Hitherto the power of the Creator had been exerted and employed about the upper part of the visible word; the light of heaven was kindled, and the firmament of heaven fixed: but now he descends to this lower world, the earth, which was designed for the children of men, designed both for their habitation and for their maintenance; and here we have an account of the fitting of it for both, and building of their house and the spreading of their table. Observe,
_ _ I. How the earth was prepared to be a habitation for man, by the gathering of the waters together, and the making of the dry land to appear. Thus, instead of the confusion which there was (Genesis 1:2) when earth and water were mixed in one great mass, behold, now, there is order, by such a separation as rendered them both useful. God said, Let it be so, and it was so; no sooner said than done. 1. The waters which had covered the earth were ordered to retire, and to gather into one place, namely, those hollows which were fitted and appointed for their reception and rest. The waters, thus cleared, thus collected, and thus lodged, in their proper place, he called seas. Though they are many, in distant regions, and washing several shores, yet, either above ground or under ground, they have communication with each other, and so they are one, and the common receptacle of waters, into which all the rivers flow, Ecclesiastes 1:7. Waters and seas often, in scripture, signify troubles and afflictions, Psalms 42:7; Psalms 69:2, Psalms 69:14, Psalms 69:15. God's own people are not exempted from these in this world; but it is their comfort that they are only waters under the heaven (there are none in heaven), and that they are all in the place that God has appointed them and within the bounds that he has set for them. How the waters were gathered together at first, and how they are still bound and limited by the same Almighty had that first confined them, are elegantly described, Psalms 104:6-9, and are there mentioned as matter of praise. Those that go down to the sea in ships ought to acknowledge daily the wisdom, power, and goodness, of the Creator, in making the great waters serviceable to man for trade and commerce; and those that tarry at home must own themselves indebted to him that keeps the sea with bars and doors in its decreed place, and stays its proud waves, Job 38:10, Job 38:11. 2. The dry land was made to appear, and emerge out of the waters, and was called earth, and given to the children of men. The earth, it seems, was in being before; but it was of no use, because it was under water. Thus many of God's gifts are received in vain, because they are buried; make them to appear, and they become serviceable. We who, to this day, enjoy the benefit of the dry land (though, since this, it was once deluged, and dried again) must own ourselves tenants to, and dependents upon, that God whose hands formed the dry land, Psalms 95:5; Jonah 1:9.
_ _ II. How the earth was furnished for the maintenance and support of man, Genesis 1:11, Genesis 1:12. Present provision was now made, by the immediate products of the upstart earth, which, in obedience to God's command, was no sooner made than it became fruitful, and brought forth grass for the cattle and herb for the service of man. Provision was likewise made for time to come, by the perpetuating of the several kinds of vegetables, which are numerous, various, and all curious, and every one having its seed in itself after its kind, that, during the continuance of man upon the earth, food might be fetched out of the earth for his use and benefit. Lord, what is man, that he is thus visited and regarded that such care should be taken, and such provision made, for the support and preservation of those guilty and obnoxious lives which have been a thousand times forfeited! Observe here, 1. That not only the earth is the Lord's, but the fulness thereof, and he is the rightful owner and sovereign disposer, not only of it, but of all its furniture. The earth was emptiness (Genesis 1:2), but now, by a word's speaking, it has become full of God's riches, and his they are still his corn and his wine, his wool and his flax, Hosea 2:9. Though the use of them is allowed to us, the property still remains in him, and to his service and honour they must be used. 2. That common providence is a continued creation, and in it our Father worketh hitherto. The earth still remains under the efficacy of this command, to bring forth grass, and herbs, and its annual products; and though, being according to the common course of nature, these are not standing miracles, yet they are standing instances of the unwearied power and unexhausted goodness of the world's great Maker and Master. 3. That though God, ordinarily, makes use of the agency of second causes, according to their nature, yet he neither needs them nor is tied to them; for, though the precious fruits of the earth are usually brought forth by the influences of the sun and moon (Deuteronomy 33:14), yet here we find the earth bearing a great abundance of fruit, probable ripe fruit, before the sun and moon were made. 4. That it is good to provide things necessary before we have occasion to use them: before the beasts and man were made, here were grass and herbs prepared for them. God thus dealt wisely and graciously with man; let not man then be foolish and unwise for himself. 5. That God must have the glory of all the benefit we receive from the products of the earth, either for food or physic. It is he that hears the heavens when they hear the earth, Hosea 2:21, Hosea 2:22. And if we have, through grace, an interest in him who is the fountain, when the streams are dried up and the fig-tree doth not blossom we may rejoice in him.
The third day's work is related in these verses; the forming the sea and the dry land, and making the earth fruitful. Hitherto the power of the Creator had been employed about the upper part of the visible world; now he descends to this lower world, designed for the children of men, both for their habitation, and their maintenance. And here we have an account of the fitting of it for both; the building of their house, and the spreading of their table.
Observe, 1. How the earth was prepared to be a habitation for man by the gathering of the waters together, and making the dry land appear. Thus, instead of that confusion which was, when earth and water were mixed in one great mass; now there is order, by such a separation as rendered them both useful. (1.) The waters which covered the earth were ordered to retire, and to gather into one place, viz. those hollows which were fitted for their reception. The waters thus lodged in their proper place, he called Seas; for though they are many, in distant regions, yet either above ground or under ground, they have communication with each other, and so they are one, and the common receptacle of waters, into which all the rivers run. (2.) The dry land was made to appear, and emerge out of the waters, and was called Earth.
Observe, 2. How the earth was furnished for the support of man, Genesis 1:11-12. Present provision was made, by the immediate products of the earth, which, in obedience to God's command, was no sooner made but it became fruitful. Provision was likewise made for time to come, by the perpetuating of the several species of vegetables, every one having its seed in itself after its kind, that during the continuance of man upon the earth, food might be fetched out of the earth, for his use and benefit.
He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, [and
] hangeth the earth upon nothing.
He hath compassed
the waters with bounds, until
the day and night come to an end
shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, [as if
] it had issued out
of the womb? ... And said, Hitherto
shalt thou come, but
no further: and here shall thy proud waves
[[A Psalm of David.]] The earth [is
] the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world
, and they that dwell therein. ... For
he hath founded it upon the seas, and
established it upon the floods.
Psalms 33:7 He gathereth
the waters of the sea together as an heap
: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.
Psalms 95:5 The sea [is] his
, and he made it: and his hands
formed the dry [land
Psalms 104:3 Who layeth
the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh
the clouds his chariot: who walketh
upon the wings of the wind:
-9 [Who] laid the foundations of the earth
, [that] it
should not be removed for ever. ... Thou hast set
a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.
To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy [endureth
] for ever. ... To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy [endureth
] for ever.
When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: ... When he gave
to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed
the foundations of the earth:
All the rivers run
into the sea; yet the sea [is
] not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again
Jeremiah 5:22 Fear ye not
me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble
at my presence, which have placed
the sand [for
] the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?
And he said unto them, I [am]
an Hebrew; and I
fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which
hath made the sea and the dry [land
2 Peter 3:5
For this they willingly
are ignorant of, that by the word
of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing
out of the water and in the water:
And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
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