Genesis 1:17
New International Version
God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth,

New Living Translation
God set these lights in the sky to light the earth,

English Standard Version
And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,

Berean Study Bible
God set these lights in the expanse of the sky to shine upon the earth,

King James Bible
And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

New King James Version
God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth,

New American Standard Bible
God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,

NASB 1995
God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,

NASB 1977
And God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,

Amplified Bible
God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to provide light upon the earth,

Christian Standard Bible
God placed them in the expanse of the sky to provide light on the earth,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God placed them in the expanse of the sky to provide light on the earth,

American Standard Version
And God set them in the firmament of heaven to give light upon the earth,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And God gave them in the firmament of Heaven to give light on the Earth,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And God placed them in the firmament of the heaven, so as to shine upon the earth,

Contemporary English Version
Then God put these lights in the sky to shine on the earth,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he set them in the firmament of heaven to shine upon the earth.

English Revised Version
And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

Good News Translation
He placed the lights in the sky to shine on the earth,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God put them in the sky to give light to the earth,

International Standard Version
God placed them in space to shine on the earth,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

Literal Standard Version
and God gives them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,

NET Bible
God placed the lights in the expanse of the sky to shine on the earth,

New Heart English Bible
And God set them in the expanse of the sky to shine on the earth,

World English Bible
God set them in the expanse of sky to give light to the earth,

Young's Literal Translation
and God giveth them in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Fourth Day
16God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night. And He made the stars as well. 17God set these lights in the expanse of the sky to shine upon the earth, 18to preside over the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.…

Cross References
Jeremiah 33:20
"This is what the LORD says: If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night, so that day and night cease to occupy their appointed time,

Jeremiah 33:25
This is what the LORD says: If I have not established My covenant with the day and the night and the fixed order of heaven and earth,


Treasury of Scripture

And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light on the earth,

Genesis 9:13
I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

Job 38:12
Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;

Psalm 8:1,3
To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens…









Verses 17, 18. - And God set (literally, gave) them (i.e. sun, moon, and stars) in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and ever the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. An intimation that on this day the astronomical arrangements for the illumination of the globe and the measurement of time were permanently settled. And God saw that it was good. Laplace was inclined to question the Divine verdict with regard at least to the moon, which he thought might have been so placed as to be always full, whereas, at its present distance from the earth, we are sometimes deprived of both its light and the sun's together. But not to dwell upon the fact that to remove the moon four times its present distance from the earth, which it would require to be in order to be always full, would necessitate important changes in the other members of the solar system which might not be for the earth's advantage, the immediate effect of such a disposition of the lunar orb would be to give us a moon of only one sixteenth the size of that which now dispenses its silver beams upon our darkened globe (Job 11:12).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
God
אֱלֹהִ֖ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

set
וַיִּתֵּ֥ן (way·yit·tên)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

[these lights]
אֹתָ֛ם (’ō·ṯām)
Direct object marker | third person masculine plural
Strong's 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

in the expanse
בִּרְקִ֣יעַ (bir·qî·a‘)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7549: An expanse, the firmament, visible arch of the sky

of the sky
הַשָּׁמָ֑יִם (haš·šā·mā·yim)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 8064: Heaven, sky

to shine
לְהָאִ֖יר (lə·hā·’îr)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's 215: To be or become light

upon
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the earth,
הָאָֽרֶץ׃ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land


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