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In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And i
1 The beginning, &c.] The Lord possessed which thou hast ordained, what is man that ME (" wisdom") in the beginning of his way, thou art mindful of him? Ps. viii. 3. By the before his works of old. I was set up from word of the Lord were the heavens made : and everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the all the host of them by the breath of his earth was. When there were no depths, I was mouth. For he spake and it was done ; he brought forth; when there were no fountains commanded and it stood fast. Ps. xxxiii. 6. 9. abounding with water. Prov. viii. 22, 23, 24. The heavens are thine; the earth also is thine: The Lord hath made all things for himself. as for the world, and the fullness thereof, thou Prov. xvi. 4. For in those days of the de- bast founded them. The north and the south, struction of the temple, &c.) shall be affliction thou hast created them. Ps. Ixxxix. 11, 12. such as was not from the beginning of the The Lord made the heavens. Ps. xcvi. 5. Of creation which God created. Mark xiii. 19. old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth; In the beginning was the Word. John i. 1. and the heavens are the work of thy hands. Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the Ps. cii. 25. O Lord, how manifold are thy foundation of the earth; and the heavens are works! in wisdom hast thou made them all : the works of thine hands. Heb. i. 10. That The earth is full of thy riches : Thou sendest which was from the beginning, which we have forth thy Spirit, they are created : and thou heard, which we have seen with our eyes, renewest the face of the earth. Ps. civ. 24. 30. which we have looked upon, and our hands Ye are blessed of the Lord, which made heahave handled of the WORD of life, declare we ven and earth. Ps. cxv. 15. My help cometh unto you. I John i. 1. 3.
from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. God created, &c.] For in six days the Lord Ps. cxxi. 2. Our help is in the name of the made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in Lord, who made heaven and earth. Ps. cxxiv. them is. Exod. xx. ll. For in six days the Lord 8. The Lord that made heaven and earth, made heaven and earth. Exod. xxxi. 17. But bless thee out of Zion. Ps. cxxxiv. 3. (O give the Lord made the heavens. 1 Chron. xvi. 26. thanks, &c.) to him that by wisdom made the Thou (God) hast made the heaven of heavens, heavens, for his mercy endureth for ever. Ps. with all their host, the earth and all things cxxxvi. 5. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, that are therein ; the seas and all that is there- and ye waters that be above the heavens : let in. Neh. ix. 6. By his Spirit he hath gar- them praise the name of the Lord, for he comnished the heavens. Job xxvi. 13. I laid the manded, and they were created. Ps. cxlviii. foundations of the earth (said the Lord). Job 4, 5. The Lord by wisdom hath founded the xxxviii. 4. When I consider thy heavens, the earth; by understanding hath he established work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars the heavens. Prov. iji. 19. The Lord posVOL. I.
2 the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the
face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of
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sessed me (wisdom) in the beginning of his ation of the world are clearly seen, being unway, before his works of old. Then I was byderstood by the things that are made, even his him as one brought up with him. Prov. viii. eternal power and Godhead. Rom. i. 19, 20. 22. 30. Remember now thy Creator in the For of him, and through him, and to him, are days of thy youth. Eccles. xii. 1. Thou (God) all things. Rom. xi. 36. But to us there is hast made heaven and earth. Isa. xxxvii. 16. but one God, the Father, of whom are all Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who things. I Cor. viii. 6. hath created these things. Hast thou not given, that I should preach among the Genknown, hast thou not heard that the everlast- tiles: to make all men see what is the fellowing God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of ship of the mystery, which from the beginning the earth fainteth not, neither is weary. Isa. of the world hath been hid in God, who crexl. 26. 28. Thus saith God the Lord, he that ated all things by Jesus Christ. Ephes. iii. 8, 9. created the heavens, and stretched them out; For by him were all things created, that are he that spread forth the earth, and that which in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the invisible, whether they be thrones, or domipeople upon it, and spirit to them that walk nions, or principalities, or powers; all things therein. Isa. xlii. 5. I am the Lord that were created by him, and for him; and he is maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the before all things, and by him all things conheavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth sist. Col. i. 16, 17. (God) hath in these last by myself. Isa. xliv. 24. For thus saith the days spoken unto us by his Son, by whom he Lord that created the heavens ; God himself made the worlds. Heb. i. 2. He that built all that formed the earth, and made it; he hath things is God. Heb. iii. 4. Through faith we established it, he created it not in vain, he understand that the worlds were framed by formed it to be inhabited. Isa. xlv. 18. Who the word of God. Heb. xi. 3. By the word art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man of God the heavens were of old, and the earth that shall die? And forgettest the Lord thy standing out of the water and in the water. maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, 2 Pet. iii. 5. These things, saith the Amen, and laid the foundations of the earth ? But I the faithful and true witness, the beginning of am the Lord thy God: I have covered thee in the creation of God. Rev. iii. 14. Thou hast the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant created all things, and for thy pleasure they the heavens, and lay the foundations of the are and were created. Rev. iv. 11. And (the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my peo- angel which John saw standing upon the sea, ple. Isa. li. 12, 13. 15, 16. Behold, I create &c.) sware by him that liveth for ever and new heavens and a new earth (saith God). ever, who created heaven, aud the things that Isa. Ixv. 17. He hath made the earth by his therein are, and the earth, and the things that power, he hath established the world by his therein are, and the sea, and the things which wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens are therein. Rev. x. 6. Worship him that by his discretion. Jer. x. 12. Ah, Lord God! made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the behold, thou hast made the heaven and the fountains of waters. Rev. xiv. 7. I am Alpha earth by thy great power and stretched-out and Omega, the beginning and the end. Rev. arm. Jer. xxxii. 17. He hath made the earth xxi. 6. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginby his power, he hath established the world ning and the end, the first and the last. Rev. by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the xxii. 13. heaven by his understanding. Jer. li. 15. The 2 Without form, &c.] He (the Lord) burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, stretcheth out the north over the empty saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the hea place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing, vens, and layeth the foundation of the earth. Job xxvi. 7. He created it not in vain; he Zech. xii. 1. I thank thee, O Father, Lord of formed it to be inhabited. Isa. xlv. 18. I heaven and earth (said Jesus). Matt. xi. 25. beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without forin, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and void ; and the heavens, and they had no and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is light. Jer. iv. 23. She (Nineveh) is empty, (said the company of the apostles). Acts iv. 24. and void, and waste. Nah. ii. 10. Ye should turn from these vanities (said Paul And the Spirit of God, &c.] By his Spirit and Barnabas) unto the living God, which made he hath garnished the heavens. Job xxvi. 13. heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things By the word of the Lord were the heavens that are therein. Acts xiv. 15. God that made made; and all the host of them by the breath the world, and all things therein, dwelleth not of his mouth. Ps. xxxiii. 6. Thou sendest in temples made with hands. Acts xvii. 24. forth thy Spirit, they are created. Ps. civ. 30. Because that which may be known of God is Who hath measured the waters in the hollow manifest in " them" (" the ungodly and un- of his hand, and meted out heaven with a righteous;") for God hath shewed it unto them. span, and comprehended the dust of the earth For the invisible things of him from the cre- in a measure, and weighed the mountains in
the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was 3 light. And God saw the light, that it was good : and God divided 4 the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and 5 the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in 6 the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the
scales, and the hills in a balance? Who hath (what he had created) was good. Gen. i. 10. directed the Spirit of the Lord, or, being his 12. 18. 25. 31. Then I saw that wisdom excounsellor, hath taught him? With whom celleth folly as far as light excelleth darkness. took he counsel, and who instructed him, and Eccles. ii. 13. Truly the light is sweet, and taught him in the path of judgment, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the sun. Eccles. xi. 7. way of understanding? Isa. xl. 12, 13, 14. 5 Day, &c.] Day and night shall not cease.
3 God said, &c.] By the word of the Lord Gen. viii. 22. Day unto day uttereth speech. were the heavens made, and all the host of Ps. xix. 2. The day is thine, the night also them by the breath of his mouth. He ga- is thine. Ps. Ixxiv. 16. Thou (Lord) makest thereth the waters of the sea together as an darkness, and it is night. Ps. civ. 20. I form heap; he layeth up the depth in storehouses, the light, and create darkness. Isa. xlv. 7. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, Thus saith the Lord, If ye can break my coveand it stood fast. Ps. xxxiii. 6. 9.
nant of the day, and my covenant of the night, manded, and they were created. Ps. cxlviii. 5. and that there should not be day and night And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched in their season; then may also my covenant him, (the leper), saying, I will, Be thou clean. be broken with David my servant. Jer. xxxiii. Matt. viii. 3. And when he thus had spoken, 20, 21. Every man's work shall be made he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come manifest, for the day shall declare it. I Cor. forth. John xi. 43.
ii. 13. But all things that are reproved, are Let there be light.] Behold, he spreadeth made manifest by the light; for whatsoever his light upon "it" (" his tabernacle”). Job doth make manifest, is light. Ephes. v. 13. Xxxvi. 30. Where is the way where light Ye are all the children of light, and the childwelleth ? Job xxxviii. 19. Light is sown for dren of the day. We are not of the night, nor the righteous. Ps. xcvii. 11. (O Lord, my of darkness. 1 Thess. v. 5. God, thou art very great,) who coverest thy- 6 Let there be a firmament.] And God said, self with light, as with a garment. Ps. civ. 2. Let there be lights in the firmament of the God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light. heaven. Gen. i. xiv. In the six hundreth year Ps. cxviii. 27. I form the light. Isa. xlv. 7. of Noah's life, in the second month, the sevenThe sun shall be no more thy light by day, teenth day of the month, the same day were neither for brightness shall the moon give all the fountains of the great deep broken light unto thee (the church); but the Lord up; and the windows of heaven were opened, shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and and the rain was upon the earth forty days thy God thy glory. Isa. lx. 19. And the and forty nights. Gen. vii. 11, 12.
He (the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness Lord) bindeth up the waters in his thick comprehendeth it not. That was the true clouds, and the cloud is not rent under them. light, which lighteth every man that cometh By his Spirit he hath garnished the heavens. into the world. John i. 5. 9. And this is the Job xxvi. 8. 13. Also by watering he wearicondemnation, that light is come into the eth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright world; and men loved darkness rather than cloud. Hast thou, with him, spread out the light, because their deeds were evil. John iii. sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking19. For God, who commanded the light to glass ? Job xxxvii. 11. 18. Hast thou entered shine out of darkness, hath shined in our into the treasures of the snow; or hast thou hearts to give the light of the knowledge of seen the treasures of the hail ? Who hath dithe glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ. vided a water-course for the overflowing of 2 Cor. iv. 6. For ye were sometimes dark- waters; to cause it to rain on the earth, where ness, but now are ye light in the Lord. Awake, no man is ? Job xxxviii. 22. 25, 26. The thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, heavens declare the glory of God, and the and Christ shall give thee light. Ephes. v. 8.14. firmament sheweth his handy work. Ps. xix. In his times he (Christ) shall shew who is- 1. By the word of the Lord were the heathe King of kings, and Lord of lords; who vens made. For he spake, and it was done ; only hath immortality, dwelling in the light he commanded, and it stood fast. Ps. xxxiii. which no man can approach unto. 1 Tim. vi. 6. 9. O Lord, my God, thou art very great; 16. God is light, and in him is no darkness who coverest thyself with light as with a garat all. 1 John i. 5. The darkness is past, and ment: who stretchest out the heavens like a the true light now shineth. 1 John ii. 8. curtain. Ps. civ. 1, 2. O give thanks unto the 4. It was good, &c.] And God saw that it Lord; to him that by wisdom made the hea
7 waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters
which were under the firmament from the waters which were above 8 the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament
heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. 9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered toge
ther unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 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.
vens : to him that stretched out the earth here shall thy proud waves be stayed ? Job above the waters. Ps. cxxxvi. 1. 5, 6. Praise xxxviii. 8. 11. The earth is the Lord's, and him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that the fullness thereof; the world, and they that be above the heavens. Ps. cxlviji. 4. Praise dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon him in the firmament of his power. Ps. cl. 1. the seas, and established it upon the floods. If the clouds be full of rain, they empty them- Ps. xxiv. 1. 2. He gathereth the waters of selves upon the earth. Eccles. xi. 3. At his the sea together as an heap; he layeth up (God's) wrath the earth shall tremble. He the in storehouses. Ps. xxxii. 7. The hath made the earth by his power, he hath sea is his, and he made it, and his hands established the world by his wisdom, and hath formed the dry land. Ps. xcv. 5. (Bless the stretched out the heavens by his discretion. Lord, O my soul,) who layeth the beams of his When he uttereth his voice, there is a multi- chambers in the waters : who maketh the tude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth clouds his chariot : who walketh upon the the vapours to ascend from the ends of the wings of the wind : who laid the foundations earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and of the earth that it should not be removed for bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. Thou hast set a bound that they may Jer. x. 10. 12, 13. He hath made the earth not pass over ; that they turn not again to by his power, he hath established the world cover the earth. Ps. civ. 3. 5. 9. (O give by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the thanks unto the Lord,) to him that by wisdom heaven by his understanding. Jer. li. 15. The made the heavens, for his mercy endureth for burden of the word of the Lord, which stretch- ever: to him that stretched out the earth above eth forth the heavens, and layeth the founda- the waters. Ps. cxxxvi. 5, 6.
When he pretion of the earth. Zech. xii. 1.
pared the heavens, I was there: when he set 7 Divided the waters, &c.] When he (the a compass upon the face of the depth : when Lord) established the clouds above; when he he established the clouds above : when he strengthened the fountains of the deep; when strengthened the fountains of the deep: when he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment; when he should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth; then appointed the foundations of the earth. Prov. was I (wisdom) by him. Prov. viii. 28, 29. viii. 27, 28, 29. All the rivers run into the He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds, sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place and the cloud is not rent under them. Job from whence the rivers come, thither they rexxvi. 8. He sendeth the springs into the val- turn again. Eccles. i. 7. Fear ye not me, leys which run among the hills. Ps. civ. 10. saith the Lord : will ye not tremble at my Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye presence, which have placed the sand for the waters that be above the heavens. Ps. cxlviii. bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it 4. If the clouds be full of rain, they empty cannot pass it? and though the waves thereof themselves upon the earth. Eccles. xi. 3. toss themselves, yet can they not prevail ;
And it was so.) Gen. i. 9. 11. 15. 24. though they roar, yet can they not pass over
8 God called, &c.] And God called the it. Jer. v. 22. I fear the Lord, the God of light day. And God called the dry land heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry earth. Gen. i. 5. 10. And (God) called their land. Jonah i. 9. For this they willingly are name Adam, in the day when they were cre- ignorant of, that by the word of God the heaated. Gen. v. 2.
vens were of old, and the earth standing out And the evening, &c.] And the evening and of the water and in the water. 2 Pet. iii. 5. the morning were the first (second, third, fourth, (And the angel which I saw stand upon the fifth, sirth) day. Gen. i. 5. 8. 13. 19. 23. 31. sea, and upon the earth,) sware by him who
9 Let the waters, &c.] He stretcheth out created heaven, and the things that therein the north over the empty place, and hangeth are; and the earth, and the things that therein the earth upon nothing. He hath compassed are; and the sea, and the things which are the waters with bounds. Job xxvi. 7. 10. Who therein. Rev. x. 6. shut up the sea with doors when it brake forth 10 God saw that it was good.] And God as if it had issued out of the womb: and said, saw the light, that it was good. Gen. i. 4. He Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further, and is the Rock; his work is perfect; for all his