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Genesis 1

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The Creation
1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2And the earth was a #Or wasteformless and desolate emptiness, and darkness was over the #Lit face ofsurface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the #Lit face ofsurface of the waters. 3Then God said, “#I.e., a command, not a request; and so throughout the chLet there be light”; and there was light. 4God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light “day,” and the darkness He called “night.” And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
6Then God said, “Let there be #Or a firmament; i.e., atmosphere and spacean expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7God made the #Or firmamentexpanse, and separated the waters that were below the #Or firmamentexpanse from the waters that were above the #Or firmamentexpanse; and it was so. 8God called the #Or firmamentexpanse “heaven.” And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
9Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10And God called the dry land “earth,” and the gathering of the waters He called “seas”; and God saw that it was good. 11Then God said, “Let the earth sprout #Or grassvegetation, #Or herbsplants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit according to #Lit itstheir kind #Lit in which is its seedwith seed in them”; and it was so. 12The earth produced #Or grassvegetation, #Or herbsplants yielding seed according to #Lit itstheir kind, and trees bearing fruit #Lit in which is its seedwith seed in them, according to #Lit itstheir kind; and God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening and there was morning, a third day.
14Then God said, “Let there be #Or luminaries, light-bearers, and so throughout the chlights in the #Or firmament; i.e., atmosphere and spaceexpanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and they shall #Lit be forserve as signs and for seasons, and for days and years; 15and they #Lit be forshall serve as lights in the #Or firmamentexpanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16God made the two great lights, the greater light #Lit for the dominion ofto govern the day, and the lesser light #Lit for the dominion ofto govern the night; He made the stars also. 17God placed them in the #Or firmamentexpanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18and #Lit for the dominion ofto govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. 19And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.
20Then God said, “Let the waters #Or swarmteem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth #Lit on the face ofin the open #Or firmamentexpanse of the heavens.” 21And God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind; and God saw that it was good. 22God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.
24Then God said, “Let the earth produce living creatures according to #Lit itstheir kind: livestock and crawling things and animals of the earth according to #Lit itstheir kind”; and it was so. 25God made the animals of the earth according to #Lit itstheir kind, and the livestock according to #Lit itstheir kind, and everything that crawls on the ground according to its kind; and God saw that it was good.
26Then God said, “#I.e., indicating united action, not a requestLet Us make mankind in Our image, according to Our likeness; and #I.e., have them rulelet them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the livestock and over all the earth, and over every crawling thing that crawls on the earth.” 27So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that #Or crawlsmoves on the earth.” 29Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the #Lit face ofsurface of all the earth, and every tree #Lit in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seedwhich has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30and to every animal of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to everything that #Or crawlsmoves on the earth #Lit in which is living breathwhich has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. 31And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Genesis 1

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The Account of Creation
1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.#1:1 Or In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, . . . Or When God began to create the heavens and the earth, . . . 2The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
3Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.
6Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” 7And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. 8God called the space “sky.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.
9Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened. 10God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good. 11Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened. 12The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
13And evening passed and morning came, marking the third day.
14Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. 15Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. 16God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, 18to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.
20Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” 21So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. 22Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”
23And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.
24Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. 25God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
26Then God said, “Let us make human beings#1:26a Or man; Hebrew reads adam. in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth,#1:26b As in Syriac version; Hebrew reads all the earth. and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
27So God created human beings#1:27 Or the man; Hebrew reads ha-adam. in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
29Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. 30And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.
31Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!
And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.