9. Then they seek and ask with insult, "From where did that water come, over which the Spirit of God was borne? Did Scripture previously say that God made the water?" If they were seeking this with piety, they would find how it should be understood. For this passage does not mention water so that we should understand this water that we can see and touch, just as the earth which is said to be formless and invisible is not such as we can see or touch. It said, "In the beginning God made heaven and earth," 34. and the expression "heaven and earth" signified the whole of creation which God made and established. These things are called by the names of visible things on account of the weakness of the little ones who are less suited for grasping invisible things. 35. First there was made confused and formless matter so that out of it there might be made all the things that God distinguished and formed. I believe the Greeks call this chaos. For in another passage we read the words spoken in praise of God, "who made the world from unformed matter," 36. for which some manuscripts have "from invisible matter." 37.
Unformed Matter Was Made from Nothing, and from It All Things
10. And, therefore, we correctly believe that God made all things from nothing. For, though all formed things were made from this matter, this matter itself was still made from____________________