But that heaven of heavens was for Thyself, O Lord; but the earth which Thou gavest to the sons of men, to be seen and felt,
was not such as we now see and feel. For it was invisible, without form, and there was a deep, upon which there was no light;
or, darkness was above the deep, that is, more than in the deep. Because this deep of waters, visible now, hath even in his
depths, a light proper for its nature; perceivable in whatever degree unto the fishes, and creeping things in the
bottom of it. But that whole deep was almost nothing, because hitherto it was altogether without form; yet there was already
that which could be formed. For Thou, Lord, madest the world of a matter without form, which out of nothing, Thou madest next
to nothing, thereof to make those great things, which we sons of men wonder at. For very wonderful is this corporeal heaven;
of which firmament between water and water, the second day, after the creation of light, Thou saidst, Let it be made, and
it was made. Which firmament Thou calledst heaven; the heaven, that is, to this earth and sea, which Thou madest the third
day, by giving a visible figure to the formless matter, which Thou madest before all days. For already hadst Thou made both
an heaven, before all days; but that was the heaven of this heaven; because In the beginning Thou hadst made heaven and earth.
But this same earth which Thou madest was formless matter, because it was invisible and without form, and darkness was upon
the deep, of which invisible earth and without form, of which formlessness, of which almost nothing, Thou mightest make
all these things of which this changeable world consists, but subsists not; whose very changeableness appears therein, that
times can be observed and numbered in it. For times are made by the alterations of things, while the figures, the matter whereof
is the invisible earth aforesaid, are varied and turned.