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Genesis 1

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God creates heaven and earth,

1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

4903   Time
4909   Beginning

1:2 Now the earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep. God's Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters.

3266   Holy Spirit, in creation
5845   Emptiness

The Light,

1:3 God said,

"Let there be light,"
and there was light.

1443   Revelation, OT
4811   Darkness
5267   Control

1:4 God saw the light, and saw that it was good. God divided the light from the darkness.

1050   God, goodness of
1210   God, human descriptions
1325   God, the Creator

1:5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." There was evening and there was morning, one day.

4903   Time
4921   Day

  The Hebrews began each new day at sunset.

The firmament,

1:6 God said,

"Let there be an expanse in the middle of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters."

1:7 God made the expanse, and divided the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.

1:8 God called the expanse "sky." There was evening and there was morning, a second day.

4954   Morning
4975   Week

Separates the dry land,

1:9 God said,

"Let the waters under the sky be gathered together to one place, and let the dry land appear;"
and it was so.

4006   Creation, origin of

1:10 God called the dry land "earth," and the gathering together of the waters he called "seas." God saw that it was good.

8321   Perfection, divine

1:11 God said,

"Let the earth put forth grass, herbs yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with its seed in it, on the earth;"
and it was so.

1:12 The earth brought forth grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, with its seed in it, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.

1:13 There was evening and there was morning, a third day.

4933   Evening
4954   Morning

1:14 God said,

"Let there be lights in the expanse of sky to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years;

1347   Covenant, God's with Noah
4970   Seasons of the year

  Lights, or rather luminaries or light-bearers; being a different word from that rendered light, in ver. 3, the day from the night.

1:15 and let them be for lights in the expanse of sky to give light on the earth;"
and it was so.

1:16 God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He also made the stars.

4281   Stars

1:17 God set them in the expanse of sky to give light to the earth,

1:18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good.

4006   Creation, origin of
8321   Perfection, divine

1:19 There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

4975   Week

Fishes and fowls,

1:20 God said,

"Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of sky."

4272   Sky

1:21 God created the large sea creatures, and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed, after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind. God saw that it was good.

4266   Sea

1:22 God blessed them, saying,

"Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth."

1:23 There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

Cattle, wild beasts, and creeping things.

1:24 God said,

"Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind, livestock, creeping things, and animals of the earth after their kind;"
and it was so.

1:25 God made the animals of the earth after their kind, and the livestock after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind. God saw that it was good.

Creates man in his own image.

1:26 God said,

"Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion 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 creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

  Man - In Hebrew, Adam; probably so called either from the red earth of which he was formed, or from the blush or flesh-tint of the human countenance: the name is intended to designate the species.

1:27 God created man in his own image. In God's image he created him; male and female he created them.

1:28 God blessed them. God said to them,

"Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

Grants the fruits of the earth for food.

1:29 God said,

"Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree, which bears fruit yielding seed. It will be your food.

1:30 To every animal of the earth, and to every bird of the sky, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food;"

and it was so.

4804   Breath
4807   Colours

1:31 God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

There was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.

1050   God, goodness of
5441   Philosophy
5830   Delight

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