טוֹב Strong’s #2896 tov

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

Genesis 1:4

What is good? From our modern western perspective this would be something that is pleasing to us, but from an Hebraic perspective the Hebrew word tov, usually translated as good, means something that is “functional.” A complex set of gears in a watch that functions together properly is tov. However, if the gears are not functioning properly, then they are ra (Strongs #7451), usually translated as “evil” or “bad,” but more Hebraicly meaning “dysfunctional.” And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good (tov). And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. When God saw his creation, it is not that it was “pleasing” to him; rather, he saw that it functioned properly.