Genesis 1:17

Genesis 1:17

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1:17

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

the heavens = the skies. See commentary on verse 1 and verse 8.

Targum Onkelos: And the Lord set them in the expanse of heaven to shine upon the earth,

Rambam: God put these bodies in the realm of the spheres by in-formation to shed light on the earth,

Ibn Ezra: God made the heavenly lights to appear in the sky, though they are not really there but in the spheres above the sky, just as God makes the rainbow appear in the sky even though it is not really there.

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