passes even the beauty of heaven, and perhaps for that reason the invisible waters are said to be above the heaven. For few understand that they surpass the heaven, not by the places they occupy, but by the dignity of their nature, although we should not rashly affirm anything about this, for it is obscure and remote from the senses of men. Whatever the case may be, before we understand it, we should believe. 58. "And evening came and morning came the second day." 59. All the things which are repeated should be understood and treated as above.
The Gathering of the Waters, of Which Verses Nine and Ten Speak,
Is Their Formation
18. "And God said, 'Let the water which is below the heaven be gathered into one gathering, and let the dry land appear,' and so it was done. And the water which was below the heaven was gathered into one gathering, and the dry land appeared. And God called the dry land the earth and the gathering of water he called the sea. And God saw that it was good." 60. On this passage the Manichees say, "If everything was full of water, how could the waters be gathered into one place?" We already said above that the matter over which the Spirit of God was borne was called water and that God would form all things from that matter. Now when it says, "Let the water which is below the heaven be gathered into one gathering," these words mean that this corporeal matter is to be formed into the beauty that these visible waters have. 61. This____________________