Genesis 1

The Beginning

 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 a vault *  between the waters *  to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. *  And it was so. *  8 God called *  the vault “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 vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, *  and let them serve as signs *  to mark sacred times, *  and days and years, *  15 and let them be lights in the vault 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 vault 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 vault of the sky.” *  21 So God created *  the great creatures of the sea *  and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, *  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: *  the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the 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 mankind *  in our image, *  in our likeness, *  so that they may rule *  over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, *  over the livestock and all the wild animals,1  and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

 27 So God created *  mankind *  in his own image, *

in the image of God *  he created them;

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 in the sea and the birds in the sky 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 in the sky and all the creatures that move along 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 sixth day.