רקיע

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Root
ר־ק־ע

From the root ר־ק־ע(r-q-`).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

רָקִיעַ ‎(rakíam ‎(plural indefinite רְקִיעִים, singular construct רְקִיעַ־) [pattern: קָטִיל]

  1. Firmament, sky, heavens: the concave surface on which the heavenly bodies appear to move.
    • Genesis 1:14, with translation of the King James Version:
      [] יְהִי מְאֹרֹת בִּרְקִיעַ הַשָּׁמַיִם לְהַבְדִּיל בֵּין הַיּוֹם וּבֵין הַלָּיְלָה []
      [] y'hí m'orót bir'qía` hashshamáyim l'havdíl bein hayyóm uvéin halláy'lah []
      [] Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; []
  2. (mythology) Firmament: a surface separating the various levels of heaven.
    • Ezekiel 1:26, with translation of the King James Version:
      וּמִמַּעַל לָרָקִיעַ אֲשֶׁר עַל־רֹאשָׁם כְּמַרְאֵה אֶבֶן־סַפִּיר דְּמוּת כִּסֵּא []
      umimmá`al laraqía` 'ashér `al-roshám k'mar'é 'éven-sappír d'múth kissé' []
      And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: []