Genesis 1:1-27 (New International Version)

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The Beginning

1 In the beginning1 God created2 the heavens3 and the earth.4 2 Now the earth wasa formless5 and empty,6 darkness was over the surface of the deep,7 and the Spirit of God8 was hovering9 over the waters. 3 And God said,10 "Let there be light," and there was light.11 4 God saw that the light was good,12 and he separated the light from the darkness.13 5 God called14 the light "day," and the darkness he called "night."15 And there was evening, and there was morning16--the first day. 6 And God said,17 "Let there be an expanse18 between the waters19 to separate water from water." 7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it.20 And it was so.21 8 God called22 the expanse "sky."23 And there was evening, and there was morning24--the second day. 9 And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place,25 and let dry ground26 appear." And it was so.27 10 God called28 the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters29 he called "seas."30 And God saw that it was good.31 11 Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation:32 seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.33" And it was so.34 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds35 and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.36 13 And there was evening, and there was morning37--the third day. 14 And God said, "Let there be lights38 in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night,39 and let them serve as signs40 to mark seasons41 and days and years,42 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so.43 16 God made two great lights--the greater light44 to govern45 the day and the lesser light to govern46 the night.47 He also made the stars.48 17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night,49 and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.50 19 And there was evening, and there was morning51--the fourth day. 20 And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures,52 and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky."53 21 So God created54 the great creatures of the sea55 and every living and moving thing with which the water teems,56 according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind.57 And God saw that it was good.58 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."59 23 And there was evening, and there was morning60--the fifth day. 24 And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures61 according to their kinds:62 livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so.63 25 God made the wild animals64 according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds.65 And God saw that it was good.66 26 Then God said, "Let us67 make man68 in our image,69 in our likeness,70 and let them rule71 over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air,72 over the livestock, over all the earth,b and over all the creatures that move along the ground." 27 So God created73 man74 in his own image,75 in the image of God76 he created him; male and female77 he created them.78
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