2. A state of emptiness, as of something abandoned or devoid of hope because it is of no value or in a state of emptiness or waste, as in a wasteland (or wilderness) as a place not fit for human habitation.
The word ‘without form’ [tohuw] compliments the word ‘void’ [bohuw] in context when used together.
2. Void or emptiness, state of emptiness.
The primary erroneous assumption of nearly all Christian Bible translations had Genesis chapter 1 as recording the very beginning of GOD's creating the entire creation. All these were very narrow perspectives' interpretation focusing only on what was recorded in this first book totally ignoring the rest of the things that the Christian Holy Scriptures recorded as a whole. Because of this erroneous narrow minded assumption Genesis 1 verse 2 was interpreted instead of translated. The resulting rendition of Genesis 1 verse 2 was of an earth [’erets] created in a state of formlessness, emptiness and in total darkness. The rendition also directly contradicted Genesis 1 verse 1 which states that ‘the heavens’ [shamayim] was created first. The interpreted Genesis 1 verse 2 had the whole of ‘the heavens’ [shamayim] created only on the second day (verse 8). This was further compounded by having light being created when the heavens that give light to the earth (verse 15) had yet to exist according to this erroneous interpretation.
And because of this erroneous interpretation the whole point or main intended message of Genesis 1 verse 2 became totally lost in the interpretation. But that is not all, the erroneous interpretation also rendered the whole of the Genesis chapter to be eventually considered as a fable or folk lore when the advancement in scientific knowledge would show that the heavens (i.e. the material or physical universe) came into existence way before the earth (which was as a tiny part of it).
Please the post title ‘GOD’ on what the term ‘GOD’ actually meant when GOD had it recorded in the Holy Christian Scriptures the several words used to denote and address the GOD of this Scriptures.From this we should appreciate that the original text translated as ‘was’ [hayah] in this instance of Genesis 1 verse 2 was a bad erroneous translation because of its interpreted nature. This caused the message that this verse intended to conveyed of an earth that had somehow become laid waste and devoid of life to be misunderstood as that of GOD creating the world in a state of total darkness and in a state of emptiness and waste. In Isaiah 45 verse 18 GOD specifically stated that HE ‘formed the earth and made it’, that HE ‘did not create it in vain [tohuw].’ To have translated Genesis 1 verse 2 as all the Bible translations had done would make GOD out as a contradiction as indeed had been one of the main intentions and agenda of the Christmas religion as well as all the other anti-God religions that pretend to be teaching about GOD but in secret are implicitly and explicitly blaspheming and insulting GOD in all their crucial doctrines.
For thus says the LORD,
Who created the heavens,
Who is God,
Who formed the earth and made it,
Who has established it,
Who did not create it in vain,
Who formed it to be inhabited:
“I am the LORD, and there is no other.
The American Standard Version has a better translation of this verse:
So if GOD did not create the earth in a state of empty waste, a natural question would be how then and why then was it ‘without form, and void’ and completely covered in ‘darkness? The answer to this is in Jeremiah 4 verse 20 to 29. Jeremiah was given a vision in which he saw his nation (‘I beheld the earth’) plundered and the lands turned in an empty wasteland (‘without form, and void’ - Jeremiah 4:23) because of their rebellion against GOD. The phrase translated as ‘without form [tohuw], and void [bohuw]’ was the exact same phrase used in the original text in Genesis 1 verse 2.
Destruction upon destruction is cried, For the whole land is plundered.
Suddenly my tents are plundered, And my curtains in a moment.
How long will I see the standard, And hear the sound of the trumpet?
“For My people are foolish, They have not known Me.
They are silly children, And they have no understanding.
They are wise to do evil, But to do good they have no knowledge.”
I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void;
And the heavens, they had no light.
I beheld the mountains, and indeed they trembled, And all the hills moved back and forth.
I beheld, and indeed there was no man, And all the birds of the heavens had fled.
I beheld, and indeed the fruitful land was a wilderness,And all its cities were broken down
At the presence of the LORD, By His fierce anger.
For thus says the LORD: “The whole land shall be desolate; Yet I will not make a full end.
For this shall the earth mourn, And the heavens above be black, Because I have spoken.
I have purposed and will not relent, Nor will I turn back from it.
The whole city shall flee from the noise of the horsemen and bowmen.
They shall go into thickets and climb up on the rocks.
Every city shall be forsaken, And not a man shall dwell in it.
Jeremiah 4:20 - 29
Therefore a better translation would have rendered the the original text ‘hayah’ as ‘became’ or ‘had become’. In KJV the original text the word ‘hayah’ had been translated into the following: was (and other forms of the verb to be), come to pass, came, has been, fell (came upon), were happened, become (Deuteronomy 27:9; 2 Samuel 7:24), pertained, better for thee. The word ‘hayah’ of the original text in this instance would also have been more accurately translated as become, became, had become or came about to be in as also in the follow other verses: Judges 18:19, Judges 20:3, 1 Samuel 2:11, Psalm 50:21, Isaiah 1:9 and Ezekiel 20:32. The word ‘hayah’ was translated as ‘become’ 68 times in the Old Testament record of the KJV.
For it to be true to the message intent Genesis 1 verse 2 should have been translated as:
2. Deep, depth.
1. The HOLY SPIRIT of GOD.
3. The Spirit element in man and also in animals that have a certain consciousness awareness level.
4. Pertaining to attitudes, orientations, disposition and emotion driven pursuits.
6. Mood, Example: the prevailing mood, the general mood.
7. Breath as that which sustain the temporary life of mankind.
3. Those that pertains to the watery or that which flows.
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First Posted: 2011 07 16