Heaven and Water


In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the watersGenesis 1:1-2

In the opening verses of the Bible, our English translation misses something fascinating that you will only see in the Bible’s original language, Hebrew.

The Hebrew word for sky or heaven is shamayim. 

Shamayim is made up to two words: sha (lofty) and mayim (water).

 Genesis 1:1-2 should read…


In the beginning when Elohiym created the shamayim (lofty water) and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from Elohiym swept over the face of the mayim.


This gives us greater insight to Day 2 of Elohiym’s creation. Genesis 1:6-8


And Elohiym said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters (mayim), and let it separate the mayim from the mayim.” So Elohiym made the dome and separated the mayim that were under the dome from the mayim that were above the dome. And it was so. Elohiym called the dome Sky (shamayim; lofty waters). And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.


Shamayim and mayim are just two of several Hebrew words that illuminate creation and cause us to marvel at our Creator. Follow the “creation” tag to discover more.


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