Genesis 1:1 – 2:3 – translation by Ted Witham
The Birth of the Cosmos
In the beginning
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was desolate and empty, and there was darkness on the face of the deep. God’s storm stirred the surface of the waters.
Day One: The Origin of Light
3 God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light day and the darkness he called night. There was evening and morning — one day.
Day Two: The Sky
6 God said, “Let there be a pavement in the midst of the waters and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Then God made the pavement and it divided the waters under the vault from the waters above the vault. And it was so. 8 God called the vault heaven. There was evening and morning — the second day.
Day Three: The Dry Land and the Oceans
9 God said, “Let the waters under heaven be gathered together in one place and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land earth, and the confluence of water he called seas. And God saw that it was good. 11 God said, “Let the earth produce grass; seed-bearing plants and fruit trees bearing fruit with the seed inside according to its species on the earth.” And it was so.12 The earth produced vegetation; plants bearing seeds according to their species, and trees bearing fruit with their seed inside, according to their species. And God saw that it was good. 13 There was evening and morning — the third day.
Day Four: The Lights in the Sky
14 God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of heaven to divide day from night and to be the markers for festivals, days and years. 15 Let them be lights in the vault of heaven to shed light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made the two great lights; the great light to rule the day, the small light to rule the night, and the stars. 17 God put them in the vault of heaven to shed light upon the earth, 18 to rule in the day and the night and to separate light from darkness. God saw that it was good. 19 There was evening and morning — the fourth day.
Day Five: Life in the Oceans and Life in the Skies
20 God said, “Let the waters swarm with swimming living beings, and let bird-life fly above the earth up to the level of the vault of heaven.” 21 God created great water animals and all sorts of living swimming things which swarm in the waters according to their kinds and all winged bird-life according to its kinds. God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them with these words, “Be fruitful and increase. Fill the waters in the seas and let the bird-life increase in the earth.” 23 There was evening and morning — the fifth day.
Day Six: Life on Earth, the Creation of People, and their Food
24 God said, “Let the earth bring forth its species of living beings — cattle, reptiles and wild land animals according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 God made all kinds of wild beast, cattle and all land reptiles. God saw that it was good. 26 God said, “Let us make people in our image and like us. Let them be masters over the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the cattle and all land animals, and all the reptiles crawling on the ground. 27 God created people in his image, like God. He created humanity; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them. God said to them, “Be fruitful, increase and fill the earth and subdue it. Take control of the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens and all living reptiles on the earth.”
29 God said, “See, I have given you all the seed-bearing green plants across the surface of the whole earth and all the trees on it — the seeding fruit-trees. This shall be your food. 30 To all the wild land animals, and to all the bird-life of the heavens and to all reptiles on the land and all living things on it I have given all the foliage of the green plants for food. And it was so. 31 God saw all that he had made and it was very good. There was evening and morning — the sixth day.
Day Seven: God’s Rest
And so came to be all of it: earth, heaven and all their array. 2 On the seventh day God had finished all his work that he had done. He rested from all the work that he had done on the seventh day. 3 God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because on it he had rested from all his work which God did as Creator.