Genesis 1:10

10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:10 in Other Translations

KJV
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
ESV
10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
NLT
10 God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
MSG
10 God named the land Earth. He named the pooled water Ocean. God saw that it was good.
CSB
10 God called the dry land "earth," and He called the gathering of the water "seas." And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:10 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 1:10

And God called the dry land earth
The whole chaos, that was a turbid fluid, a mixture of earth and water, a rude unformed mass of matter, was called earth before; but now that part of the terraqueous globe, which was separated from the waters, and they from it, is called "earth": which has its name in the Arabic language from its being low and depressed; the lighter parts having been elevated, and moved upwards, and formed the atmosphere; the grosser parts subsiding and falling downwards, made the earth, which is low with respect to the firmament, which has its name in the same language from its height F6, as before observed.

And the gathering together of the waters called he seas;
for though there was but one place into which they were collected, and which is the main ocean, with which all other waters have a communication, and so are one; yet there are divers seas, as the Red sea, the Mediterranean, Caspian, Baltic or which are denominated from the shores they wash, as the German, British and even lakes and pools of water are called seas, as the sea of Galilee and Tiberias, which was no other than the lake of Gennesaret.

And God saw [that it was] good;
that these two should be separate, that the waters should be in one place, and the dry land appear, and both have the names he gave them: and this is here mentioned, because now the affair of the waters, the division aud separation of them, were brought to an end, and to perfection: but because this phrase is here used, and not at the mention of the second day, hence Picherellus, and some others, have thought, that this work is to be ascribed to the second day, and not to the third, and render the beginning of the ninth verse, and "God had said", or "after God had said, let the waters under the heaven" ( Genesis 1:9 )


FOOTNOTES:

F6 (Mymv) "a verbo", (hmv) "sublimis, elatus, altus fuit"; (Ura) "lingua Arabica, humilis, depressus fuit significat", Bottinger. Thesaur, Philolog. l. 1. c. 2. sect. 6. p. 234.

Genesis 1:10 In-Context

8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.
10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.
12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

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