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Genesis 1

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Heaven and Earth
1-2First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.
3-5God spoke: “Light!”
And light appeared.
God saw that light was good
and separated light from dark.
God named the light Day,
he named the dark Night.
It was evening, it was morning—
Day One.
6-8God spoke: “Sky! In the middle of the waters;
separate water from water!”
God made sky.
He separated the water under sky
from the water above sky.
And there it was:
he named sky the Heavens;
It was evening, it was morning—
Day Two.
9-10God spoke: “Separate!
Water-beneath-Heaven, gather into one place;
Land, appear!”
And there it was.
God named the land Earth.
He named the pooled water Ocean.
God saw that it was good.
11-13God spoke: “Earth, green up! Grow all varieties
of seed-bearing plants,
Every sort of fruit-bearing tree.”
And there it was.
Earth produced green seed-bearing plants,
all varieties,
And fruit-bearing trees of all sorts.
God saw that it was good.
It was evening, it was morning—
Day Three.
14-15God spoke: “Lights! Come out!
Shine in Heaven’s sky!
Separate Day from Night.
Mark seasons and days and years,
Lights in Heaven’s sky to give light to Earth.”
And there it was.
16-19God made two big lights, the larger
to take charge of Day,
The smaller to be in charge of Night;
and he made the stars.
God placed them in the heavenly sky
to light up Earth
And oversee Day and Night,
to separate light and dark.
God saw that it was good.
It was evening, it was morning—
Day Four.
20-23God spoke: “Swarm, Ocean, with fish and all sea life!
Birds, fly through the sky over Earth!”
God created the huge whales,
all the swarm of life in the waters,
And every kind and species of flying birds.
God saw that it was good.
God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Ocean!
Birds, reproduce on Earth!”
It was evening, it was morning—
Day Five.
24-25God spoke: “Earth, generate life! Every sort and kind:
cattle and reptiles and wild animals—all kinds.”
And there it was:
wild animals of every kind,
Cattle of all kinds, every sort of reptile and bug.
God saw that it was good.
26-28God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
reflecting our nature
So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
the birds in the air, the cattle,
And, yes, Earth itself,
and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
God created human beings;
he created them godlike,
Reflecting God’s nature.
He created them male and female.
God blessed them:
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”
29-30Then God said, “I’ve given you
every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth
And every kind of fruit-bearing tree,
given them to you for food.
To all animals and all birds,
everything that moves and breathes,
I give whatever grows out of the ground for food.”
And there it was.
31God looked over everything he had made;
it was so good, so very good!
It was evening, it was morning—
Day Six.
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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.