Genesis 1:2-31 NIV

2 Now the earth wasa formless1 and empty,2 darkness was over the surface of the deep,3 and the Spirit of God4 was hovering5 over the waters.

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3 And God said,6 "Let there be light," and there was light.7

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4 God saw that the light was good,8 and he separated the light from the darkness.9

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      5 God called10 the light "day," and the darkness he called "night."11 And there was evening, and there was morning12--the first day.

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          6 And God said,13 "Let there be an expanse14 between the waters15 to separate water from water."

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              7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it.16 And it was so.17

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              8 God called18 the expanse "sky."19 And there was evening, and there was morning20--the second day.

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                  9 And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place,21 and let dry ground22 appear." And it was so.23

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                  10 God called24 the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters25 he called "seas."26 And God saw that it was good.27

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                      11 Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation:28 seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.29" And it was so.30

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                          12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds31 and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.32

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                              13 And there was evening, and there was morning33--the third day.

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                                  14 And God said, "Let there be lights34 in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night,35 and let them serve as signs36 to mark seasons37 and days and years,38

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                                  15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so.39

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                                      16 God made two great lights--the greater light40 to govern41 the day and the lesser light to govern42 the night.43 He also made the stars.44
                                      17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth,
                                      18 to govern the day and the night,45 and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.46

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                                      19 And there was evening, and there was morning47--the fourth day.

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                                          20 And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures,48 and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky."49

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                                          21 So God created50 the great creatures of the sea51 and every living and moving thing with which the water teems,52 according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind.53 And God saw that it was good.54

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                                              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."55

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                                              23 And there was evening, and there was morning56--the fifth day.

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                                                  24 And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures57 according to their kinds:58 livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so.59

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                                                      25 God made the wild animals60 according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds.61 And God saw that it was good.62

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                                                          26 Then God said, "Let us63 make man64 in our image,65 in our likeness,66 and let them rule67 over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air,68 over the livestock, over all the earth,b and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

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                                                            • b 1:26 - Hebrew; Syriac "all the wild animals"
                                                              27 So God created69 man70 in his own image,71 in the image of God72 he created him; male and female73 he created them.74

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                                                                  28 God blessed them and said to them,75 "Be fruitful and increase in number;76 fill the earth77 and subdue it. Rule over78 the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.79"

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                                                                  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.80

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                                                                  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 life81 in it--I give every green plant for food.82" And it was so.

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                                                                  31 God saw all that he had made,83 and it was very good.84 And there was evening, and there was morning85--the sixth day.

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