Genesis 1:18

18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:18 in Other Translations

KJV
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
ESV
18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
NLT
18 to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
MSG
18 And oversee Day and Night, to separate light and dark. God saw that it was good.
CSB
18 to dominate the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:18 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 1:18

And to rule over the day, and over the night
The one, namely the sun, or greater light, to rule over the day, and the moon and stars, the lesser lights, to rule over the night: this is repeated from ( Genesis 1:16 ) to show the certainty of it, and that the proper uses of these lights might be observed, and that a just value might be put upon them, but not carried beyond due bounds: and to divide the light from the darkness;
as the day from the night, which is done by the sun, ( Genesis 1:14 ) and to dissipate and scatter the darkness of the night, and give some degree of light, though in a more feeble manner, which is done by the moon and stars: and God saw that [it was] good;
or foresaw it would be, that there should be such lights in the heaven, which would be exceeding beneficial to the inhabitants of the earth, as they find by good experience it is, and therefore have great reason to be thankful, and to adore the wisdom and goodness of God; see ( Psalms 136:1 Psalms 136:7-9 ) ( Ecclesiastes 11:7 ) . (See Gill on Genesis 1:4).

Genesis 1:18 In-Context

16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.
17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth,
18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”

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