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Genesis 1 - International Standard Version Bible

1 The First Book of the Law Genesis The Creation ¶ In the beginning, God created the universe. [Lit. the heavens and the earth; i.e. space and matter]

2 When the earth [Or 1When God began to create the universe, 2the earth] was as yet unformed and desolate, with the surface of the ocean depths shrouded [The Heb. lacks shrouded] in darkness, and while the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters,

3 God said, “Let there be light!” So there was light.

4 ¶ God saw that the light was beautiful. [Or good] He [Lit. God] separated the light from the darkness,

5 calling the light “day,” and the darkness [Lit. darkness he called] “night.” The twilight and the dawn were day one.

6 ¶ Then God said, “Let there be a canopy [Or an expanse] between bodies of water, [Lit. between waters] separating bodies of water [Lit. separating waters] from bodies of water!” [Lit. from waters]

7 So God made a canopy [Or made an expanse] that separated the water beneath the canopy [Or expanse] from the water above it. [Lit. above the canopy] And that is what happened: [Lit. And so it was]

8 God called the canopy [Or expanse] “sky.” [Or Heaven] The twilight and the dawn were the second day.

9 ¶ Then God said, “Let the water beneath the sky come together into one area, and let dry ground appear!” And that is what happened: [Lit. And so it was]

10 God called the dry ground “land,” [Or Earth] and he called the water that had come together “oceans.” And God saw how good it was.

11 ¶ Then God said, “Let vegetation sprout all over the earth, including [The Heb. lacks including] seed-bearing plants and fruit trees, each kind containing its own seed!” And that is what happened: [Lit. And so it was]

12 Vegetation sprouted all over the earth, including seed-bearing plants and fruit trees, each kind containing its own seed. And God saw that it was good.

13 The twilight and the dawn were the third day.

14 ¶ Then God said, “Let there be lights across [Lit. lights in the expanse of] the sky to distinguish day from night, to act as signs for seasons, days, and years,

15 to serve as lights in [Lit. lights in the expanse of] the sky, and to shine on the earth!” And that is what happened: [Lit. And so it was]

16 God fashioned two great lights-the larger light to shine during [Lit. to govern] the day and the smaller light to shine during [Lit. to govern] the night-as well as the stars.

17 God placed them in the [Lit. the expanse of the] sky to shine on the earth,

18 to shine [Lit. to govern] both day and night, and to distinguish [Or separate] light from darkness. And God saw how good it was.

19 The twilight and the dawn were the fourth day.

20 ¶ Then God said, “Let the oceans swarm [Lit. swarm with a swarm] with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth throughout [Lit. earth in the expanse of] the sky!”

21 So God created every kind of magnificent marine creature, every kind of living marine crawler [Lit. living thing that crawls] with which the waters swarmed, and every kind of flying bird. [Lit. winged bird] And God saw how good it was.

22 God blessed them by saying, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the oceans. Let the birds multiply throughout the earth!”

23 The twilight and the dawn were the fifth day.

24 ¶ Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth each kind of living creature, each kind of livestock and crawling thing, and each kind of earth’s animals!” [I.e., non-domesticated animals, as opposed to domesticated livestock; and so through 2:25] And that is what happened: [Lit. And so it was]

25 God made each kind of the earth’s animals, along with every kind of livestock and crawling thing. [Lit. thing of the earth] And God saw how good it was.

26 ¶ Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, to be like us. [Lit. image, according to our likeness] Let them be masters over the fish in the ocean, the birds that fly, [Lit. birds of the sky; and so through 2:25] the livestock, everything that crawls on the earth, and over the earth itself!”

27 ¶ So God created mankind in his own image; in his own image God created them; [Lit. him] he created them male and female.

28 ¶ God blessed these humans by saying to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it! Be masters over the fish in the ocean, the birds that fly, and every living thing that crawls on the earth!”

29 ¶ God also told them, [The Heb. lacks them] “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant that grows throughout [Lit. plant that is on the surface of] the earth, along with every tree that grows seed-bearing fruit. They will produce your food.

30 I have given all green plants as food for every wild animal [I.e., non-domesticated animals, as opposed to domesticated livestock] of the earth, every bird that flies, and to every living thing [Lit. soul] that crawls on the earth.” And that is what happened. [Lit. And so it was]

31 ¶ Now God saw all that he had made, and indeed, it was very good! The twilight and the dawn were the sixth day.

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