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Genesis: 1

GENESIS. GENERATIONS - The creation of the Universe.  Gn.1.1-2.4a

1IN THE BEGINNING OF CREATION, when God made heaven and earth [Or In the beginning God created heaven and earth], 2the earth was without form and void, with darkness over the face of the abyss, and a mighty wind that swept [Or and the spirit of God hovering] over the surface of the waters. 3God said, 'Let there be light', and there was light; 4and God saw that the light was good, and he separated light from darkness. 5He called the light day, and the darkness night. So evening came, and morning came, the first day.

6God said, 'Let there be a vault between the waters, to separate water from water.' 7So God made the vault, and separated the water under the vault from the water above it, and so it was; 8and God called the vault heaven. Evening came, and morning came, a second day.

9God said, 'Let the waters under heaven be gathered into one place, so that dry land may appear'; and so it was. 10God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters he called seas; and God saw that it was good. 11Then God said, 'Let the earth produce fresh growth, let there be on the earth plants bearing seed, fruit-trees bearing fruit each with seed according to its kind.' So it was; 12the earth yielded fresh growth, plants bearing seed according to their kind and trees bearing fruit each with seed according to its kind; and God saw that it was good. 13Evening came, and morning came, a third day.

14God said, 'Let there be lights in the vault of heaven to separate day from night, and let them serve as signs both for festivals and for seasons and years. 15Let them also shine in the vault of heaven to give light on earth.' So it was; 16God made the two great lights, the greater to govern the day and the lesser to govern the night; and with them he made the stars. 17God put these lights in the vault of heaven to give light on earth, 18to govern day and night, and to separate light from darkness ; and God saw that it was good. 19Evening came, and morning came, a fourth day.

20God said, 'Let the waters teem with countless living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of heaven.' 21God then created the great sea-monsters and all living creatures that move and swarm in the waters, according to their kind, and every kind of bird; and God saw that it was good. 22So he blessed them and said, 'Be fruitful and increase, fill the waters of the seas; and let the birds increase on land.' 23Evening came, and morning came, a fifth day.

24God said, 'Let the earth bring forth living creatures, according to their kind: cattle, reptiles, and wild animals, all according to their kind.' So it was ; 25God made wild animals, cattle, and all reptiles, each according to its kind; and he saw that it was good. 26Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image and likeness to rule the fish in the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all wild animals on earth, and all reptiles that crawl upon the earth.' 27So God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him ; male and female he created them. 28God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase, fill the earth and subdue it, rule over the fish in the sea, the birds of heaven, and every living thing that moves upon the earth.' 29God also said, 'I give you all plants that bear seed everywhere on earth, and every tree bearing fruit which yields seed: they shall be yours for food. 30All green plants I give for food to the wild animals, to all the birds of heaven, and to all reptiles on earth, every living creature.' So it was; 31and God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. Evening came, and morning came, a sixth day.


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