Genesis 1:3

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

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Other Translations

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

  • Karl
    to wahyu - yeah, those passages are one of those ponderables in scripture, perhaps it was meant to do just what it does, give you pause for thought. Reading scripture, you will often be faced with the choice - taking it on faith, or wandering down a goat path away from the truth. Walking in faith at such a crossroad can only strengthen your faith as you walk in the true path. --- any help?
  • Wahyu
    See the different between Gen 2:7 vs Gen 1:26-28 ? God have different way and purpose in creating a Man. Created vs formed from dust, dominion overall earth vs garden keeper, male and female vs male only, without God's breath vs with God's breath (living soul), be fruitful and multiply vs no multiplication command.
    I'd say Adam was not the 1st human on earth. What say you?
  • Karl
    to Lynda - man is made of the dust, we are made in GOD's image - what are we?
    Our soul, a divine spark in his image, within a temporal body, we have the choice to embrace the temporal shell or the creator/father, one to corruption and spiritual death, the other to the one who gave that soul life --- any help?
  • Word
    The flood was 150 days and that was 5 months the water was on earth.
  • Word
    Little deeper thought. Check was out 1961 strong's concordance and Gen. 1 vs 2 reads the earth became without form and void.
  • Sylvia
    According to Warren Wiersbe Bible Commentary, One year and ten days later God open the door and invited Noah and his family to come out to live on freshly cleansed earth. (Genesis 8:16)

    God's thoughts are not our thoughts and his ways are not our ways.

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