Genesis 1:8 - 14
ESV - 8 And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. 9 And God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear." And it was so.
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No. The expanse was basically a space, and the space referred to in verse 6 separated the waters that are now gathered together here on earth (lakes, rivers and oceans) from the waters in the sky in the form of clouds. There was no dry land yet; this was created on the third day, (see vs. 9-13), but God was already beginning to prepare the water cycle by separating the waters. If you look closely at both verses 6 and 14, you can see the subtle difference in how the term "vault" or "expanse" was used: Genesis 1:6--Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” Genesis 1:14--Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;" In verse 6, the space was being set between the waters; in verse 14, the space was referred to as "the expanse of the heavens," indicating that the expanse was outside of the area where the earth was being created.
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