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Lexicon :: Strong's H7549 - rāqîaʿ

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
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TWOT Reference: 2217a

Strong’s Definitions

רָקִיעַ râqîyaʻ, raw-kee'-ah; from H7554; properly, an expanse, i.e. the firmament or (apparently) visible arch of the sky:—firmament.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 17x

The KJV translates Strong's H7549 in the following manner: firmament (17x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 17x
The KJV translates Strong's H7549 in the following manner: firmament (17x).
  1. extended surface (solid), expanse, firmament

    1. expanse (flat as base, support)

    2. firmament (of vault of heaven supporting waters above)

      1. considered by Hebrews as solid and supporting 'waters' above

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
רָקִיעַ râqîyaʻ, raw-kee'-ah; from H7554; properly, an expanse, i.e. the firmament or (apparently) visible arch of the sky:—firmament.
STRONGS H7549: Abbreviations
רָקִיעַ noun masculineGenesis 1:6 extended surface, (solid) expanse (as if beaten out; compare Job 37:18); — absolute ר׳ Ezekiel 1:22 +, construct רְ׳ Genesis 1:14 +; — Greek Version of the LXX στερέωμα, Vulgate firmamentum, compare Syriac below √above; —
1. (flat) expanse (as if of ice, compare כְּעֵין הַקֶּרַח), as base, support (WklAltor. Forsch. iv. 347) Ezekiel 1:22, 23, 25(gloss ? compare Co Toy), Ezekiel 1:26 (supporting י׳'s throne). Hence (CoEzekiel 1:22)
2. the vault of heaven, or 'firmament,' regarded by Hebrews as solid, and supporting 'waters' above it, Genesis 1:6, 7 (3 times in verse); Genesis 1:8 (called שָׁמַיַם; all P), Psalm 19:2 (|| הַשָּׁמַיַם), זֹהַר הָר׳ Daniel 12:3; also ר׳ הַשָּׁמִיִם Genesis 1:14, 15, 17, הַשּׁ׳ עַלמְּֿנֵי ר׳ Genesis 1:20 (all P). **רְקִיעַ עֻזּוֺ Psalm 150:1 (suffix reference to י׳).
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


1:6; 1:6; 1:7; 1:8; 1:14; 1:14; 1:15; 1:17; 1:20




19:2; 150:1


1:22; 1:22; 1:22; 1:23; 1:25; 1:26




Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H7549 matches the Hebrew רָקִיעַ (rāqîaʿ),
which occurs 17 times in 15 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:6 - And God said, “Let there be an expanse[fn] in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:7 - And God made[fn] the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:8 - And God called the expanse Heaven.[fn] And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:14 - And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons,[fn] and for days and years,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:15 - and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:17 - And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:20 - And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds[fn] fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:1 - To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above[fn] proclaims his handiwork.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 150:1 - Praise the LORD!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens![fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:22 - Over the heads of the living creatures there was the likeness of an expanse, shining like awe-inspiring crystal, spread out above their heads.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:23 - And under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward another. And each creature had two wings covering its body.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:25 - And there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads. When they stood still, they let down their wings.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:26 - And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire;[fn] and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 10:1 - Then I looked, and behold, on the expanse that was over the heads of the cherubim there appeared above them something like a sapphire,[fn] in appearance like a throne.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 12:3 - And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above;[fn] and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
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