Usage of Verb 'Raqa'
Verb used 11x in the Bible:
2x to ‘stamp one’s feet’ and once to stamp
something with the feet;
4x for spreading metal, but not always in the sense
of beating or hammering;
3x for spreading out the earth, which is nowhere
said to be spread by beating;
1x for spreading the sky or the clouds.
It thus need not mean more than ‘spread out,’
whatever the means for accomplishing this.