Genesis 1:3

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

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And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
- King James Version

Then God said, "Let there be light; and there was light."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
- Basic English Bible

And God said, Let there be light. And there was light.
- Darby Bible

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
- Webster's Bible

God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.
- World English Bible

and God saith, `Let light be;' and light is.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And God said: 'Let there be light.' And there was light.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 1:3


1:3-5 We have here a farther account of the first day's work. In which observe, 1. That the first of all visible beings which God created was light, the great beauty and blessing of the universe: like the first - born, it doth, of all visible beings, most resemble its great parent in purity and power, brightness and beneficence. 2. That the light was made by the word of God's power; He said, Let there be light - He willed it, and it was done; there was light - Such a copy as exactly answered the original idea in the eternal mind. 3. That the light which God willed, he approved of. God saw the light, that it was good - 'Twas exactly as he designed it; and it was fit to answer the end for which he designed it. 4. That God divided the light from the darkness - So put them asunder as they could never be joined together: and yet he divided time between them, the day for light, and the night for darkness, in a constant succession. Tho' the darkness was now scattered by the light, yet it has its place, because it has its use; for as the light of the morning befriends the business of the day, so the shadows of the evening befriend the repose of the night. God has thus divided between light and darkness, because he would daily mind us that this is a world of mixtures and changes. In heaven there is perpetual light, and no darkness; in hell utter darkness, and no light: but in this world they are counter - changed, and we pass daily from one to another; that we may learn to expect the like vicissitudes in the providence of God. 5. That God divided them from each other by distinguishing names. He called the light Day, and the darkness he called night - He gave them names as Lord of both. He is the Lord of time, and will be so 'till day and night shall come to an end, and the stream of time be swallowed up in the ocean of eternity. 6. That this was the first day's work, The evening and the morning were the first day - The darkness of the evening was before the light of the morning, that it might set it off, and make it shine the brighter.


Discussion for Genesis 1

  • Tom Dewar
    John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

    Jesus is in Heaven even as he is speaking with Nicodemus on earth. He, God is omnipresent in all persons at all times.
  • Word
    Well when I get to the throne and look at Christ sitting at the right hand of God I will see God by following Christ hand up His arm up to His face and that is the Face of God and God's image.
  • Cheryl
    Irene123, why did Jesus pray to the Father in the garden of Gethsemane (or any other time)? And why did He promise to send the Comforter (Holy Spirit) to the disciples so they would not be left alone when He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father? God is three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit but ONE GOD; all three have the same mind.
  • Susan
    Irene, in all kindness I'm suggesting that you study more Even your own scripture references prove that God is 3 persons in one. Jesus was there since the creation since all was created by Him. Ex 3:14 shows he was working in OT times He was the Great I AM Matthew 22:32I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. AndJohn 8:58 it ok to debate; purpose is to teach 2Tim 3:16
  • Loren
    To Word: Yes, Isaiah 45:21 tells us that, "... there is no GOD else beside Me..." Here, in this passage, "GOD" is also, the Hebrew word, "Elohiym" - plural (more than one).
    Look at this passage: "...I am He; I am the first and the last... the LORD GOD and His Spirit hath SENT ME." Isaiah 48:12,16. This is Jesus, who was sent to this world by His Father and the Spirit.
  • Loren
    Our God is a great God! Note: "In the beginning GOD created...." Gen. 1:1. "God" here, is the Hebrew word, "Elohiym" which is ....plural (more than one). This truth about "God" comes to light in verse 26, "And GOD (Elohiym) said, Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness.
    Thus Moses says; "....the LORD our GOD (Elohiym) ....is ONE LORD." Deut. 6:4.

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