In Genesis 1:5, it is written,

5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. NKJV, ©1982

ה וַיִּקְרָא אֱלֹהִים לָאוֹר יוֹם וְלַחֹשֶׁךְ קָרָא לָיְלָה וַיְהִי־עֶרֶב וַיְהִי־בֹקֶר יוֹם אֶחָד

Why does the Bible use different words like עֶרֶב (erev) for evening and לַיְלָה (laila) for night when they both denote the same thing?

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    The same difference as in English – Perry Webb May 4 '19 at 13:34

The Why

In the Hebrew Calendar system the beginning of the new day starts at sundown. The same could ask why English uses day and noon. Noon represents the specific time of the day. Likewise ereb in the Hebrew represents the specific time of night.

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    Please edit this to add some supporting evidence for what you're saying. – curiousdannii Oct 14 '19 at 1:53

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