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OF THE FIRMAMENT .
ON the evening of the second day of the week, God willed to divide the heavens from the earth, that there might be luminaries and stars beneath the heavens to give light to this world, and that the heavens might be a dwelling-place for the righteous and the angels after the p. 13 resurrection. God said, 'Let there be a firmament which shall divide the waters from the waters1'; and straightway the waters were divided into three parts. One part remained upon the earth for the use of men, cattle, winged fowl--the rivers and the seas; of another part God made the firmament; and the third part He took up above the firmament. But on the day of resurrection the waters will return to their former nature.
6 Chap. ix in the Oxford MS.
1 Gen. i. 6.