gathering into one place is the formation of these waters that we see and touch. For every form is reduced to a rule of unity. What else should we understand is meant by the words "Let the dry land appear" than that this matter receives the visible form which this earth that we see and touch now has? Hence, the previous expression "the earth invisible and without form" signified the confusion and obscurity of matter, and the expression "the water over which the Spirit of God was borne" signified that same matter. But now this water and earth are formed from that matter which was called by their names before it had received the forms that we now see. In the Hebrew language every gathering of waters, whether salt or fresh, is correctly called the sea. 62.
The Destruction of Their Complaint about Verses Eleven to Thirteen,
Namely: Why Does the Earth Bear Fruitless and Harmful Things?
19. "And God said, 'Let the earth bring forth the edible plants producing seed, each according to its own kind and likeness, and the fruit-tree bearing fruit, whose seed is in it according to its likeness.' And so it was done. And the earth brought forth the edible plants producing seed according to their kind and the fruit-tree bearing fruit, whose seed is in it according to its likeness, according to its kind upon the earth. And God saw that it was good. And evening came and morning came the third day." 63. Here they are accustomed to say, "If God commanded that the edible plants and the fruit-tree come forth from the earth, who commanded that there come forth so many thorny or poisonous plants that are useless for____________________