HISTORY OF CREATION
1 In the beginning God created
the heavens and the earth.
2 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.
3 And God said, "Let there be light,"
and there was light.
4 God saw that the light was good, and
he separated the light from the darkness.
5 God called the light "day,"
and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening,
and there was morning-the first day.
6 And God said, "Let there be an
expanse between the waters to separate water from water."
7 So God made the expanse and separated
the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was
8 God called the expanse "sky."
And there was evening, and there was morning-the second day.
9 And God said, "Let the water
under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear."
And it was so.
10 God called the dry ground "land,"
and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw
that it was good.
11 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.
12 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.
13 And there was evening, and there
was morning-the third day.
14 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,
15 and let them be lights in the expanse
of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so.
16 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.
17 God set them in the expanse of the
sky to give light on the earth,
18 to govern the day and the night,
and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19 And there was evening, and there
was morning-the fourth day.
20 And God said, "Let the water
teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across
the expanse of the sky."
21 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.
22 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."
23 And there was evening, and there
was morning-the fifth day.
24 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.
25 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.
26 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."
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
28 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."
29 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. 30
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.
31 God saw all that he had made, and
it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning-the
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were
completed in all their vast array.
2 By the seventh day God had finished
the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from
all his work.
3 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
4 This is the account of the heavens
and the earth when they were created. When the LORD God made the
earth and the heavens-
5 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,
6 but streams came up from the earth
and watered the whole surface of the ground-
7 the LORD God formed the man from the
dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of
life, and the man became a living being.
8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden
in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.
9 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.
10 A river watering the garden flowed
from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters.
11 The name of the first is the Pishon;
it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold.
12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic
resin and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river
is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.
14 The name of the third river is the
Tigris; it runs along the east side of Asshur. And the fourth river
is the Euphrates.
15 The LORD God took the man and put
him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
16 And the LORD God commanded the man,
"You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;
17 but you must not eat from the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will
18 The LORD God said, "It is not
good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for
19 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.
20 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.
21 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 with flesh.
22 Then the LORD God made a woman from
the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 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."
24 For this reason a man will leave
his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become
25 The man and his wife were both naked,
and they felt no shame.