In considering the sense of Genesis 1:2 we are blessed to have the guidance of investigations into the early earth’s geology.  The harmony of the testimony of Genesis and of the testimony am geology is amazing – the earth was covered completely by the ocean [“the deep”] and the continents had not yet emerged above the waters.  A heavy dense fog of water and carbon dioxide blanketed everything.  Hence, the earth indeed was [Strong’s H1961 “hayah”] without form and void (empty).  While allowing for the complexity of “hayah” no special adjustments of the KJV translation have been embraced by modern translators.