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Part VI: A Translation of Genesis 1:1-2:4
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"The beginning of Thy Word
is True. . . ."
God brought into being and set in perfect order the heavens and
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But the earth had become a ruin
and a desolation, and a pall of darkness hung over this scene
of disaster. And the Spirit of God moved mightily upon the face
of the waters. And God said, "Let it become light."
And it became light; and God saw the light that it was good:
and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the
light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening
and the morning together constituted one day.
And God said, "Let there
come to be a space between the waters, and let it divide between
the waters above and the waters below." And God appointed
the space and divided the waters which were under the space from
the waters which were above the space: and so it came to pass.
And God called the space Heaven. And the evening and the morning
became a second day.
And God said, "Let the waters
under the heaven be gathered together into one place and let
the dry land appear." And this came to pass. And God called
the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters
He called the Sea: and God saw that it was good. And God said,
"Let the earth bring forth grass, herb yielding seed, the
fruit tree yielding fruit -- akin to itself -- whose seed is
in itself, upon the earth": and this came to pass. And the
earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed, akin to itself,
and the tree yielding fruit whose seed was within also akin to
itself. And God saw that it was good. And the evening and the
morning became a third day.
God said, "Let the lights in the heavens above be to divide
the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons
and for days and years: and let them become in the heavens above
as lights to give light upon the earth": and this came to
pass. Moreover, God appointed the two great lights: the greater
light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night,
along with the stars. So God set them in the heavens above to
give light upon the earth and to rule over the day and over the
night, and to make a distinction between light and darkness.
And God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning
became a fourth day.
And God said, "Let the waters
bring forth abundantly living creatures, and let fowl fly above
the earth across the face of the open sky." And the very
large sea animals did God also create, and the wealth of living
creatures which the waters brought forth, like begetting like,
and all the different kinds of fowl that fly, like begetting
like. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them and
said, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the
sea, and let the fowl multiply on the earth." And the evening
and the morning became a fifth day.
And God said, "Let the earth
bring forth living creatures breeding true to themselves, cattle
and creeping things and the wild creatures of the earth, also
breeding true to themselves." And this came to pass. And
God appointed the wild things of the earth, breeding true to
themselves, and the cattle similarly, and likewise everything
that creepeth upon the earth. And God saw that it was good. And
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 fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth,
and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."
So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created
He him: male and female created He them. And God blessed them,
and God said unto them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill
the earth and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the
sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing
that moveth upon the earth." And God said, "Behold,
I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face
of all the earth: to you it shall be for food. And to every beast
of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing
that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given
every green herb for food." And it became so. And God saw
everything that He had done, and behold, it was very good. And
the evening and the morning became a sixth day.
the heavens and the earth were finished with all things necessary
to them. On the seventh day God completed the work which he had
been engaged in, so He rested on the seventh day from setting
everything in order. And God blessed the seventh day and set
it apart: because that on this day He had rested from the work
involved in creating and appointing everything.
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Such is the history of the heavens
and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God prepared
them both. (Genesis
1:1 to 2:4)