Now this all assumes that you are not so a priori committed to a slavish interpretation of the words in a 21st century context. If you are, then all this will sound to you like wishy-washy exegesis. But, guess what? The earth revolves around the sun! That was quite the revelation to the medieval period exegetes and they scrambled to make sense of it.
Perhaps, just perhaps, the philosophical underpinnings of your exegesis should be examined. Then come back to the text and stop treating it like a history or science textbook. Because that is not what God intended it to be.