“And the earth was without form”

GENESIS 1:2

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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This is the second verse of the Bible where there is emptiness and nothing but darkness. Then the Spirit of God began to change everything. This verse is part of the creation story.

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And 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 the waters.

— Genesis 1:2

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And the earth וְהָאָ֗רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) H776
was הָיְתָ֥ה To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) H1961
without form, תֹ֙הוּ֙ A desolation (of surface), i.e., desert; figuratively, a worthless thing; adverbially, in vain H8414

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