ESV - 6 And God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.
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Interesting Question. Let me try to explain this. The Hebrew raqiya` (H7549), means expanse. It occurs 17 times, and is always translated in the King James Version as "firmament" (Gen. 1:6-8, 14-20; Ps. 19:1; 150:1; Ezek. 1:22-26; 10:1; Dan. 12:3). It was created in the beginning as one of the heavens of Gen. 1:1. It retained water above the earth through out Lucifer’s reign, but upon his overthrow the earth was cursed by the firmament pouring out its waters and causing the flood of Gen. 1:2; Ps. 104:5-9; and 2Pet. 3:5-7. It is called "heaven" in Gen. 1:8. In the judgment on the original earth during Lucifer’s flood, water vapors condensed and fell. The waters couldn’t be vaporized again until the restoration of sunlight. Hence, the waters didn’t naturally abate from the earth in the first universal flood, as they did continually in the flood of Noah (Gen. 7:24; 8:3,5,8,11). Because the waters were then divided again (as before Gen. 1:2), natural laws took care of flood conditions in Noah’s time. Waters and firmament were both created in the beginning, and now were merely being restored as before the chaos of Gen. 1:2. Hope these clarify
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