Genesis 1:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 1:10, NIV: "God called the dry ground 'land,' and the gathered waters he called 'seas.' And God saw that it was good."

Genesis 1:10, ESV: "God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good."

Genesis 1:10, KJV: "And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good."

Genesis 1:10, NASB: "And God called the dry land 'earth,' and the gathering of the waters He called 'seas'; and God saw that it was good."

Genesis 1:10, NLT: "God called the dry ground 'land' and the waters 'seas.' And God saw that it was good."

Genesis 1:10, CSB: "God called the dry land "earth," and the gathering of the water he called "seas." And God saw that it was good."

What does Genesis 1:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This account of day 3 of creation follows the pattern of the previous two days. God speaks something into existence, names it, and then observes that it is good. This is then followed by a numbering of the day. According to Hebrew thinking, the act of naming something implies the namer's responsibility for and rule over that thing. To name something is to have power over it. In this case, God names the dry ground "land" or "Earth," and He names the waters "seas."

Once again, God recognizes what He has made as good. That is a significant statement, coming from the ultimate standard of everything, which is God Himself. As we get to know Him in the Bible, we see that He measures goodness in absolutes. To be good, in this sense, means that there is no "bad" in a thing. All that God made during His creation week was utterly and truly good.