In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface
of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.
God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the
God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night."
And there was evening, and there was morning - the first day.
And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to
separate water from water."
So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse
from the water above it. And it was so.
God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and
there was morning - the second day.
And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one
place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so.
God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters
he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing
plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according
to their various kinds." And it was so.
The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their
kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.
And God saw that it was good.
And there was evening, and there was morning - the third day.
And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky
to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to
mark seasons and days and years,
and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on
the earth." And it was so.
God made two great lights - the greater light to govern the day and
the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.
God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth,
to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness.
And God saw that it was good.
And there was evening, and there was morning - the fourth day.
And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and
let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky."
So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and
moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds,
and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was
good. God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in
number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase
on the earth."
And there was evening, and there was morning - the fifth day.
And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according
to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and
wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so.
God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock
according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the
ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness,
and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air,
over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures
that move along the ground."
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase
in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the
sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves
on the ground."
Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face
of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.
They will be yours for food.
And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and
all the creatures that move on the ground - everything that has the
breath of life in it - I give every green plant for food." And
it was so.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was
evening, and there was morning - the sixth day.
Genesis 1, 1 - 31
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so
on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he
rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
Adam and Eve
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created.
When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens -
and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant
of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain
on the earth and there was no man to work the ground,
but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of
the ground - the LORD God formed the man The Hebrew for man (adam)
sounds like and may be related to the Hebrew for ground (adamah) it
is also the name Adam. from the dust of the ground and breathed into
his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there
he put the man he had formed.
And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground -
trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle
of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil.
A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated
into four headwaters.
The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land
of Havilah, where there is gold.
(The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.)
The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire
land of Cush.
The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east
side of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work
it and take care of it.
And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from
any tree in the garden;
but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,
for when you eat of it you will surely die."
The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I
will make a helper suitable for him."
Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the
field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to
see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living
creature, that was its name.
So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and
all the beasts of the field.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found.
So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while
he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place
Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the
man, and he brought her to the man.
The man said,
"This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called 'woman,'
for she was taken out of man."
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united
to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
Genesis 2, 1 - 25