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thus saith 1
the LORD °That
created the heavens; God Himself °That
formed the earth and °made
it; he hath established it, °He
created it not °in
vain, He formed it to be inhabited: " I am 1
the LORD; and there is none else.
created = the Creator of. Note how these expressions are heaped together
to impress us with the fact that the One Who created all ought to be able to tell
us, better than ignorant man, how He created it.
formed = The Former of. Hebrew yazar = to fashion.
= the Maker of.
created. It did not come of itself by evolution (see Appendix 5 and 8). Reference
to Pentateuch (Genesis 1:1)
vain = tohu. The same word as in Genesis 1:2 ("without
form"). Therefore it must have become tohu: which is
exactly what Genesis 1:2 declares (See Below). In Genesis 1:1 we have "the
world that then was" (compare 2Peter 3:6); and in verse 2 we have
ruin into which it fell.
are not told how, when, or why, or how long it lasted. When geologists have settled
how many years they require, they may place them between verses 1 and 2 of Genesis
Genesis 1:2-2:4, we have "the heavens and the earth which are now"
of 2Peter 3:7. Both are set in contrast with the "new heavens and
the new earth" of 2Peter 3:13.
Lord = Hebrew; Yehovah
on Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.
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the beginning °God
heaven and the earth.
form, and void; and darkness °was
upon the °face
of the deep.
Spirit of God moved upon the °face
of the waters.
WORLD THAT THEN WAS" (2Peter 3:5,6). See Structure, page 1. Creation
in eternity past, to which all Fossils and "Remains" belongs.
Hebrew Elohim, plural. First occurence connects it with creation,
and denotes, by usage, the Creator in relation to His creatures. See
Appendix 4. The Hebrew accent Athnach places the emphasis,
and gives pause, on "God" as being Himself the great worker,
separating the Worker from His work.
(sing.). Occurs 6 times in this Introduction. Other acts 46 times. See
Appendix 5. Perfection implied. Deuteronomy 32:4. 2Samuel 22:31. Job 38:7.
Pslams 111; 147:3-5. Proverbs 3:19. Ecclesiastes 3:11-14. [Even the Greek Cosmos
= ornament. Exodus 33:4-6. Isaiah 49:18. Jeremiah 4:30. Ezekiel 7:20. 1Peter 3:3]
heaven and the earth. With Hebrew Particle 'eth before each,
emphasising the Article "the", and thus distinguishing
both from 2:1. "Heavens" in Hebrew always in plural. See
note on Deuteronomy 4:26.
Note the Figure of Speech Polysyndeton (See
appendix 6), by which, in the 34 verses of this Introduction, each one
of 102 separate acts are emphasised; and the important word "God"
in verse 1 is carried like a lamp through the whole of this Introduction (1:1
earth. Figure of Speech Anadiplosis. See
= become. See Genesis 2:7; 4:3; 9:15; 19:26. Exodus 32:1. Deuteronomy
27:9. 2Samuel 7:24, etc. Also rendered came to pass, Genesis 4:14;
22:1; 23:1; 27:1. Joshua 4:1; 5:1. 1Kings 13:32. Isaiah 14:24 etc. Also rendered
be (in the sense of become), verse 3 etc., and where
the verb "to be" is not in italic type. Hence, Exodus
3:1, kept=became keeper, quit = become men, etc. See
form = waste. Hebrew tohu va bohu. Figure of Speech Paronomasia
See appendix 6. Not created tohu (Isaiah
45:18 See Above), but became tohu (Genesis 1:2. 2Peter 3:5,6). "An
enemy hath done this" (Matthew 13:25,28,39. compare 1Corithians 14:33).
See Appendix 8.
This is the italic type, because no verb "to be" in Hebrew
(see Appendix 7). In like manner man became a ruin
(Genesis 3. Psalms 14:1-3; 51:5; 53:1-3. Ecclesiastes 7:20. Romans 7:18).
Figure of Speech Pleonasm. See appendix 6.
Spirit of God moved (see Appendix 9) = The beginning
of "the heavens and the earth which are now" (2Peter 3:7).
It is even so in the New Creation. The Spirit moves (John 3:3-8. Romans 8:5,9,14.
Galatians 4:29. 2Corinthians 5:17,18).