Firmament – Raqiya

The word “raqiya” comes from the “root word” “raqa” which can be found in several passages including:

Isaiah 40:19 – “The idol! a workman casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold, and casts for it silver chains.”

The word “overlay” is the “verb root” “raqa”.

“Raqa” is the “process” of “hammering out a piece of gold or other metal” into “thin plates” which was then “applied to a carved or molten image”.

Numbers 16:39 reads “So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers, which those who were burned had offered; and they were hammered out as a covering for the altar.”

Here the phrase “were hammered out” is again the “verb root” “raqa”.

The “gold was hammered into thin sheets” then “laid over the surface of the altar”.

The word “raqiya” is the “noun form of the verb” “raqa” and is literally a “hammered out sheet”.

There are “some scientists” who have “speculated” that “before the flood” there was a “thick sheet of water” “surrounding the earth up in the atmosphere”.

It is then “possible” that the “floodgates of heaven were opened” at the “beginning of the flood” is the “collapse” of this “hammered out” “sheet of water”.

It is “estimated” that the “sheet of water” would “have filtered out” “harmful sun rays” and “contributed” to the “longevity of life” on “earth before the flood”.

Strong’s: #7549 –