The Story of Creation
1 In the beginning God
created the heavens
and the earth.
2 The earth was barren,
with no form of
it was under a roaring ocean
covered with darkness.
But the Spirit of God
was moving over
- The First Day
- 3 God said, I command light
to shine! And light started shining. 4
God looked at the light and saw that it was good. He separated
light from darkness 5 and named the light Day
and the darkness Night. Evening came and then morningthat
was the first day.
- The Second Day
- 6 God said, I command a dome
to separate the water above it from the water below it.
7 And thats what happened. God made the
dome 8 and named it Sky. Evening came and then morningthat
was the second day.
- The Third Day
- 9 God said, I command the water
under the sky to come together in one place, so there will be
dry ground. And thats what happened. 10 God named
the dry ground Land, and he named the water Ocean.
God looked at what he had done and saw that it was good.
11 God said, I command the earth
to produce all kinds of plants, including fruit trees and grain.
And thats what happened. 12 The earth produced all kinds
of vegetation. God looked at what he had done, and it was good.
13 Evening came and then morningthat was the third day.
- The Fourth Day
- 14 God said, I command lights
to appear in the sky and to separate day from night and to show
the time for seasons, special days, and years. 15 I command them
to shine on the earth. And thats what happened. 16
God made two powerful lights, the brighter one to rule the day
and the other to rule the night. He also made the stars. 17 Then
God put these lights in the sky to shine on the earth, 18
to rule day and night, and to separate light from darkness. God
looked at what he had done, and it was good. 19 Evening came
and then morningthat was the fourth day.
- The Fifth Day
- 20 God said, I command the
ocean to be full of living creatures, and I command birds to
fly above the earth. 21 So God made the giant sea monsters
and all the living creatures that swim in the ocean. He also
made every kind of bird. God looked at what he had done, and
it was good. 22 Then he gave the living creatures his blessinghe
told the ocean creatures to live everywhere in the ocean and
the birds to live everywhere on earth. 23 Evening came and then
morningthat was the fifth day.
- The Sixth Day
- 24 God said, I command the
earth to give life to all kinds of tame animals, wild animals,
and reptiles. And thats what happened. 25 God made
every one of them. Then he looked at what he had done, and it
26 God said, Now we will make humans,
and they will be like us. We will let them rule the fish, the
birds, and all other living creatures.
27 So God created humans to be like himself;
he made men and women. 28 God gave them his blessing and said:
- Have a lot of children! Fill the
earth with people and bring it under your control. Rule over
the fish in the ocean, the birds in the sky, and every animal
on the earth.
29 I have provided all kinds of fruit
and grain for you to eat. 30 And I have given the green plants
as food for everything else that breathes. These will be food
for animals, both wild and tame, and for birds.
31 God looked at what he had done. All
of it was very good! Evening came and then morningthat
was the sixth day.
2 So the heavens and the earth and everything else were
- The Seventh Day
By the seventh day God had finished his work, and so
he rested. 3 God blessed the seventh day and made
it special because on that day he rested from his work.
4 Thats how
God created the heavens and the earth.
The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible
Selected texts provided for use with the Hypertext Bible Commentary