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In the beginning
and the earth
In the beginning God (
created [by forming from nothing] the heavens and the earth. [Heb 11:3]
Amplified 2015 Translator's Notes:
Literal renderings, alternate translations or explanations.
This is originally a plural form based on
(root meaning: strength), which itself is used to refer to God in compounds like
(Almighty God). The word
is also used to refer to false gods, so the context determines whether
means "God" or is better understood as "gods" (
. Here and in 1:21, God created from nothing which is something only He can do. In 1:27, God used preexisting materials (man from the dust of the ground; Eve from Adam's rib); each use of the word
("create") must be considered in its specific context.
NASB Cross References:
"Of old You founded the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
¶ The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;
The world and all it contains, You have founded them.
"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
if you have understanding,
Hebrew-Aramaic & Greek Dictionary:
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(43b); pl. of 433;
divine(1), divine being(1), exceedingly(1), God(2326), god(45), God's(14), goddess(2), godly(1), gods(204), great(2), judges(3), mighty(2), rulers(1), shrine*(1).
(75d); a prim. root;
common(1), countries(15), countries and their lands(1), country(44), countryside(1), distance*(3), dust(1), earth(655), earth the ground(1), earth's(1), fail*(1), floor(1), ground(119), land(1581), lands(57), lands have their land(2), open(1), other*(2), piece(1), plateau*(1), region(1), territories(1), wild(1), world(3).
(135b); a prim. root;
to shape, create:--
brings about(1), clear(2), create(6), created(32), creates(1), creating(3), Creator(4), cut them down(1), make(2), produced(1).
(912a); from 7218;
beginning(19), choice(2), choicest(3), finest(2), first(16), first fruits(7), foremost(2).
(1029c); from an unused word;
astrologers*(1), compass(1), earth(1), heaven(191), heaven and the highest(2), heaven and the highest heavens(1), heaven of heavens(1), heavenly(3), heavens(151), heavens and the highest(1), highest heaven(1), highest heaven(1), highest heavens(4), horizons(1), other*(1), sky(50).
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