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Then God said: Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters, to separate one body of water from the other. God made the dome,[a] and it separated the water below the dome from the water above the dome. And so it happened.(A)

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  1. 1:7 The dome: the Hebrew word suggests a gigantic metal dome. It was inserted into the middle of the single body of water to form dry space within which the earth could emerge. The Latin Vulgate translation firmamentum, “means of support (for the upper waters); firmament,” provided the traditional English rendering.