thereafter it speaks of evening and morning. We said that the mention of these signifies the works produced from unformed matter and from the form that is imposed on it. Perhaps we will meet with something better and loftier as we continue our investigation.
53. "And God said, 'Let the earth bring forth the living soul according to its kind, quadrupeds, serpents and beasts of the earth according to their kind, and cattle according to their kind. And so it was done." 135. When "soul" was mentioned, why was "living" added? And what does "according to its kind" mean? The usual conclusion, "And so it was done," should be considered and understood as we dealt with it above. Though in the Latin language the name "beasts" signifies every irrational animal, still we have to distinguish their kinds so that we understand the quadrupeds as all beasts of burden, the serpents as all crawling things, the beasts or wild animals as all untamed quadrupeds, and the cattle as those that do not help us by work, but provide some benefit to those who eat them.
54. "And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kind, and the cattle according to their kind, and all the serpents of the earth, according to their kind." 136. This repetition of the phrase, "And God made," when it had already said, "And so it was done," should be interpreted according to the previous rule. 137. Here the name "cattle," I believe, signified all the quadrupeds that live under man's care. "And God saw that it was good" 138. should be understood in the usual manner.
55. "And God said, 'Let us make man to our image and likeness.' " 139. Here we should notice how the animals are grouped together and yet kept separate. Scripture says that____________________