Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

the heavens
הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם (haš·šā·ma·yim)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8064: Heaven, sky

Jeremiah 10:11 "Tell them this: 'These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens.'"

שְׁמַיָּ֖א (šə·may·yā)
Noun - masculine plural determinate
Strong's Hebrew 8065: The sky

Is there a difference?

  • 2
    Do you mean a difference other than Jer. 10:11 was written in Aramaic so 'heavens' gets a different Strong's Number? Possibly of interest: "Why was Jer. 10:11 written in Aramaic?" - hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/4940/…
    – tblue
    Jul 4, 2020 at 13:39
  • Where did you pull your Strong's information from? Jul 4, 2020 at 17:42
  • biblehub.com/genesis/1-1.htm
    – user35953
    Jul 4, 2020 at 17:49
  • @TonyChan - does the above answer work for your?
    – Dottard
    Jul 4, 2020 at 21:59
  • The quoted verse is the only one, in all of Jeremiah, written in Aramaic.
    – Lucian
    Jul 5, 2020 at 6:59

1 Answer 1


Jer. 10:11 is written in Aramaic. שְׁמַיָּא (shemaya) is the definite form of שְׁמַיִן (shemayin). שְׁמַיִן is cognate with the Hebrew שָׁמַיִם (shamayim). Both are translated into English as “heaven(s).” Biblehub obscures (not intentionally) the fact that שְׁמַיָּא is Aramaic; it takes a few mouse clicks to discover that information.

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Blue Letter Bible, on the other hand, makes it evident that the word is Aramaic.

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Also, you have to realize, Strong’s numbers are categorized as Strong’s Hebrew, where the Strong’s number is preceded by an “H,” and Strong’s Greek, where the number is preceded by a “G.” There is no separate categorization for Aramaic words. Rather, they are listed under Strong’s Hebrew (prefixed by an “H”).

  • How much of Jeremiah is in Aramaic ? (Rather than Google and risk faulty information, I am asking a source which I believe to be reliable.)
    – Nigel J
    Jul 5, 2020 at 3:02
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    @NigelJ—99% certain it is just Jer. 10:11 in the Book of Jeremiah. Jul 11, 2020 at 20:39

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