Greater light

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The greater light is a Biblical term that refers to the Sun. The term appears in Genesis 1:14-19, where God creates the Sun and the Lesser light (the Earth's moon):

14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

The Sun is definitely referred to as greater because of its luminosity (1 L = 3.828 * 1026 W) compared to the Moon.

In the Bible, Malachi 4:2-9 mentions the "Sun of Righteousness" (sometimes translated as the "Sun of Justice"),[1] which some Christians have interpreted as a reference to the Messiah (Christ).[2]


King James Bible (KJV), Genesis 1:14-19