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The universe as first called into existence by Elohim was in elemental existence, still "unformed" and unenergized, not yet ready for habitation, "void" (see notes on Psalm 33:6-9; Proverbs 8:22-31; Isaiah 45:18; 2 Peter 3:5). It would not be perfect (finished) until the end of creation week, when God would pronounce it "very good" and "finished" (Genesis 1:31-2:3). The "earth" material was suspended in a matrix of water (the "deep"), completely static and therefore in "darkness."
KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8