EARTH in OT usually stands for one or other of the Heb. words 'eretz and 'ad
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
And God said - Let the waters swarm with an abundance of living soul, and, birds, shall fly over the earth, over the face of the expanse of the heavens.
So then Yahweh God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed in his nostrils the breath of life - and man became a living soul.
O land, land, land! Hear thou the word of Yahweh!