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Genesis 1:1-31

1*  At the beginning of God’s creating the heavens and the earth 2  the earth was a blank chaos, and there was darkness over the surface of the deep; and God’s Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3  And God said “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4  And God saw the light was good; and God parted the light from the darkness; 5  and God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And evening came, and morning came: one day. 6  And God said “Let there be a firmament through the waters to part waters from waters”; 7  and God made the firmament and parted the waters below the firmament from the waters above the firmament, and it was so; 8  and God called the firmament Sky. And evening came, and morning came: a second day. 9***  And God said “Let the waters below the firmament collect in one basin and let the dry ground appear,” and it was so; 10  and God called the dry ground Earth, and the basin of waters he called Seas; and God saw that it was good. 11  And God said “Let the earth grow vegetation, herbage bearing seed, fruit-trees producing fruit which has their seed in it on the earth”; and it was so, 12  and the earth put out vegetation, the various kinds of herbage bearing seed and the various kinds of trees producing fruit which has their seed in it; and God saw that it was good. 13  And evening came, and morning came: a third day. 14  And God said “Let there be lights in the firmament of the sky to part the day from the night, and let them be for signs and dates and days and years, 15  and for lights in the firmament of the sky to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16  And God made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night, and the stars; 17  and God put them in the firmament of the sky to give light on the earth 18  and to rule over the day and the night and to part the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. 19  And evening came, and morning came: a fourth day. 20  And God said “Let the water swarm with animals and let birds fly over the earth across the face of the sky”; 21  and God created the great whales and all the various kinds of gliding animals that the water swarmed with, and all the various kinds of winged birds; and God saw that it was good. 22  And God blessed them, saying “Breed and multiply, and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” 23  And evening came, and morning came: a fifth day. 24  And God said “Let the earth bring out the various kinds of animals, cattle and reptiles and wild beasts”; and it was so. 25  And God made the various kinds of wild beasts and of cattle, and all the various kinds of ground reptiles; and God saw that it was good. 26  And God said “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, to bear empire over the fishes of the sea and the birds of the sky and the cattle and all the wild beasts of the earth and all the reptiles that creep on the earth.” 27*  And God created man in his image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them; 28  and God blessed them. And God said to them “Breed and multiply, and fill the earth and subjugate it, and bear empire over the fishes of the sea and the birds of the sky and all the animals that move about on the earth”; 29  and God said “Here I have given you every seed-bearing herb on the surface of the earth, and every tree on which there is seed-bearing tree-fruit: they shall be yours for food; 30  and to all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky and all the creatures that creep on the earth, that have animal life in them, all green herbage for food”; and it was so. 31  And God saw all that he had made, and found it very good. And evening came, and morning came: a sixth day.

Footnotes

1:1-2 Or earth, when the earth was . . . deep, God’s spirit
1:9 Lit. Let the waters collect below the firmament (or from below the firmament) into
1:9 Var. in one place
1:9 Var. was so, and the waters below the firmament collected in their basin and the dry ground appeared; and God called
1:27 Or a male and a female