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Genesis 1 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 First this: God created the Heavens and Earth - all you see, all you don't see. 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God's Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. 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 God spoke: "Light!" And light appeared. 3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.
4 God saw that light was good and separated light from dark. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.
5 God named the light Day, he named the dark Night. It was evening, it was morning - Day One. 5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning--the first day.
6 God spoke: "Sky! In the middle of the waters; separate water from water!" 6 And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water."
7 God made sky. He separated the water under sky from the water above sky. And there it was: 7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so.
8 he named sky the Heavens; It was evening, it was morning - Day Two. 8 God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning--the second day.
9 God spoke: "Separate! Water-beneath-Heaven, gather into one place; Land, appear!" And there it was. 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 named the land Earth. He named the pooled water Ocean. God saw that it was good. 10 God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.
11 God spoke: "Earth, green up! Grow all varieties of seed-bearing plants, Every sort of fruit-bearing tree." And there it was. 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 Earth produced green seed-bearing plants, all varieties, And fruit-bearing trees of all sorts. God saw that it was good. 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 It was evening, it was morning - Day Three. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning--the third day.
14 God spoke: "Lights! Come out! Shine in Heaven's sky! Separate Day from Night. Mark seasons and days and years, 14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years,
15 Lights in Heaven's sky to give light to Earth." And there it was. 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so.
16 God made two big lights, the larger to take charge of Day, The smaller to be in charge of Night; and he made the stars. 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 placed them in the heavenly sky to light up Earth 17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth,
18 And oversee Day and Night, to separate light and dark. God saw that it was good. 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19 It was evening, it was morning - Day Four. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning--the fourth day.
20 God spoke: "Swarm, Ocean, with fish and all sea life! Birds, fly through the sky over Earth!" 20 And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky."
21 God created the huge whales, all the swarm of life in the waters, And every kind and species of flying birds. God saw that it was good. 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
22 God blessed them: "Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Ocean! Birds, reproduce on Earth!" 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 It was evening, it was morning - Day Five. 23 And there was evening, and there was morning--the fifth day.
24 God spoke: "Earth, generate life! Every sort and kind: cattle and reptiles and wild animals - all kinds." And there it was: 24 And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so.
25 wild animals of every kind, Cattle of all kinds, every sort of reptile and bug. God saw that it was good. 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 God spoke: "Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth." 26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
27 God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God's nature. He created them male and female. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them: "Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth." 28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
29 Then God said, "I've given you every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth And every kind of fruit-bearing tree, given them to you for food. 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 To all animals and all birds, everything that moves and breathes, I give whatever grows out of the ground for food." And there it was. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground--everything that has the breath of life in it--I give every green plant for food." And it was so.
31 God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so very good! It was evening, it was morning - Day Six. 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth day.