upon them, and while he took flight, he was drenched by it. 123. David too says, "Lord, you who summon the water of the sea, and pour it out over the face of the earth." 124. Hence, once it had mentioned the sea, it would be superfluous to speak of the other waters, whether those dewy ones that by their fineness offer to flying birds their breezes, or those of springs and rivers. If the former come about by evaporation, the latter flow forth because of the corresponding rains that the earth drinks in.
48. "Let the waters bring forth the reptiles with living souls." 125. Why does Scripture add "living"? Can they be souls if they are not living? Or does it want to emphasize the more obvious life that is present in sentient animals, because it is lacking in plants? "And flying things that fly over the earth beneath the firmament of the heaven." 126. If flying things do not fly in that most pure air where no clouds are formed, these words make it clear that [such air] pertains to the firmament. For it was beneath the firmament of heaven that the flying things are said to fly over the earth. "And so it was done." 127. The same order is kept. Hence, the same addition is made as in the other cases, with the exception of the light that was made first.
49. "And God made the great fish and every soul of crawling animals, which the waters brought forth according to their kind, and every winged flying thing according to its kind." 128. We recall, of course, that "according to its kind" is said of those creatures that are replenished by propagation from seed. For it already said this of the plants and trees. "And every winged flying thing." Why is "winged" added? Can there____________________