Genesis 1:1

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In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition

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Other Translations of Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the Heauen, and the Earth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

At the first God made the heaven and the earth.
- Basic English Bible

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
- Darby Bible

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
- Webster's Bible

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
- World English Bible

In the beginning of God's preparing the heavens and the earth --
- Youngs Literal Bible

IN THE beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible


Wesley's Notes for Genesis 1:1

1:1 Observe here. 1. The effect produced, The heaven and the earth - That is, the world, including the whole frame and furniture of the universe. But 'tis only the visible part of the creation that Moses designs to give an account of. Yet even in this there are secrets which cannot be fathomed, nor accounted for. But from what we see of heaven and earth, we may infer the eternal power and godhead of the great Creator. And let our make and place, as men, mind us of our duty, as Christians, which is always to keep heaven in our eye, and the earth under our feet. Observe 2. The author and cause of this great work, God. The Hebrew word is Elohim; which (1.) seems to mean The Covenant God, being derived from a word that signifies to swear. (2.) The plurality of persons in the Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The plural name of God in Hebrew, which speaks of him as many, tho' he be but one, was to the Gentiles perhaps a favour of death unto death, hardening them in their idolatry; but it is to us a favour of life unto life, confirming our faith in the doctrine of the Trinity, which, tho' but darkly intimated in the Old Testament, is clearly revealed in the New. Observe 3. The manner how this work was effected; God created, that is, made it out of nothing. There was not any pre - existent matter out of which the world was produced. The fish and fowl were indeed produced out of the waters, and the beasts and man out of the earth; but that earth and those waters were made out of nothing. Observe 4. When this work was produced; In the beginning - That is, in the beginning of time. Time began with the production of those beings that are measured by time. Before the beginning of time there was none but that Infinite Being that inhabits eternity. Should we ask why God made the world no sooner, we should but darken counsel by words without knowledge; for how could there be sooner or later in eternity?


Comments for Genesis 1:1

Sandra's comment on 2015-04-23 02:49:02:

It is good to know that God was there making the earth as He designed and not by a monkey or chance and that we were plan.


Ron's comment on 2015-04-07 01:57:42:

The reason mans knowledge of God made nature conflicts with the bible is mans knowledge of nature is growing. For an example. Man believed the sun and stars moved around the earthand it turns out the earth is spinning so it appears that the universe is moving around us. When the bible says God created the heaven and the earth it is talking about the whole universe. Heaven is all of the space in the universe and earth is all of the matter or atoms in the universe. We didn 't name our planet Earth until many years after the bible was written. To think the bible is talking about the tiny planet we live on is just about the same as thinking God created the heaven and the grain of salt. If you believe the universe is revolving around the Earth you are not using the knowledge that man has provided us. I 'm sure in time the facts that mans knowledge gives us will let us understand the bible mores and more because I believe the bible is and will always be advanced above mans knowledge


Sandra's comment on 2015-02-20 17:12:25:

Before Day 1 there was zero or initial beginning . Time was non-relevant. God in his infinite wisdom is one and only one. The dimension of God is expressed as the Spirit of God versus the wisdom of God. The beginning of all things represents the initialization of the Heaven and earth as in initializing a variable by setting it to zero. So many times we start with Day 1 in relating to God 's creation when we should be starting at zero since that signifies the beginning


Sandra's comment on 2015-02-19 22:55:26:

Before Day 1 there was zero or initial beginning . Time was non-relevant. God in his infinite wisdom is one and only one. The dimension of God is expressed as the Spirit of God versus the wisdom of God. The beginning of all things represents the initialization of the Heaven and earth as in initializing a variable by setting it to zero. So many times we start with Day 1 in relating to God 's creation when we should be starting at zero since that signifies the beginning


Kalume Kombe's comment on 2015-02-19 00:44:30:

we believe that Gods name appears in plural form: that is God the father and the Son and the Holy. Its a contradiction to again came out and say before heaven and earth were made God created Jesus who later used him to create heavens and earth.


Billy Davis's comment on 2015-02-17 22:25:19:

7 words in the Hebrew. 7 stands for perfection. You can not improve on perfection. The sun the moon the stars would not be created until three days later then Adam on the sixth day. There is a pattern being set here. Exo.20:11 This pattern is that man would work six days and rest on the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a type of the Kingdom which all those who will believe ALL that the prophets have spoken will receive very soon. The reason that Satan know the time is short is because this pattern is not messed up in Satan 's mind. Adam was created just over 6018 years ago according to the generations listed in Genesis 5 11 and then in Matt.1 and Luke 3. We are running on overtime this is the mercy of our loving heavenly Father waiting on His children to come to perfection as the Messiah told us to do in Matt.5:48. So what is your excuse?


Billy Davis's comment on 2015-02-17 21:49:17:

Blank, No Space, No Time, No Matter, there was nothing, then Yahweh spoke this universe into being. Here was the place He would go to work His workshop and He would create mankind into His likeness. This creation act so impressed ALL His son till they all shouted for joy as we can read in Job 38:4-7.


Mr. Firefox's comment on 2015-01-13 14:43:42:

Brianna, it clearly states:- "In the BEGINNING "... that is the beginning of all things and life in heaven and on earth... when creation itself as a whole started... there was NO heaven NOR earth created before the creation of heaven and earth started..


Mr Firefox's comment on 2015-01-13 14:29:34:

"In the beginning "... that is the beginning of the axistance of all things... the whole universe and everything in it and the earth with all things on it... But before God started creating heaven and earth, He created His Firstborn Son, Jesus Christ, through whom He created all things..the other Spritual creatures, Angels, Cherubs and Seraphs etc. God used Jesus and His "Workforce " to create everything..


ISEMEDE SUNDAY's comment on 2015-01-08 11:29:03:

Dear, there is no one like HIM. GOD is GOD, that never change. HE is the same YESTERDAY,TODAY,and FOREVER MORE. YOU WILL BE MY GOD.


JESSEE WANYEKI's comment on 2014-12-23 23:01:21:

How old since then is the earth?


Benedictus's comment on 2014-11-29 19:42:35:

I say God Almighty, being the Spirit, in the beginning made the Universe, and the World in it, and he did it alone, no one beside him, nor before him. Through the Word he let it come into existence, and the plan for the first Adam was laid out.


Enoch Nyamedi's comment on 2014-11-17 01:37:14:

Our God is a loving God who would not create us His precious children into the earth without form void and full of darkness. So it is obviously true that He had to put in place the necessities of human life before creating Adam and Eve to survive on the earth. So we can see that Satan 's real intention was and is to make life so void, formless, and full of darkness so that man definitely looses sight of his Creator. Thanks be to God that through Christ the incorruptible and indestructible Gift the gap caused by Satan has been bridged. We thank God for the continual supervision of His people by the indwelling of the HOLY SPIRIT.


Vince's comment on 2014-10-24 23:34:56:

The Time between the statement The Heavens and the Earth is Very very vast............I will explain I would explain if you would like.


TheSwain's comment on 2014-10-09 07:09:22:

The bible is a proposition to the existence of God so if it is its own evidence how can we trust this source if all it has for evidence is its self, Christians would argue that alike God its existence explains its self and proving and justifying it is irrelevant, therefore despite being an atheist I leave the bible to its self and do not question it because it provides answers that we may percept as different. Genesis 1 verse 1 is probably one of the most famous verses of the bible and is the very structure and belief of Christians, I would very much like to not analyse it too much in just saying that like God the bible exists within itself and its own reasons and it is our decision weather we believe it or not.


Mark Mendoza's comment on 2014-09-01 21:52:03:

I believe God Can do anything but the words "Let there be " are words of restoration. Witch indicates that the earth was here. It says it was void "frozen Iced up " pretty much a big ball of ice A star? with no atmosphere? and it must have been pretty bad. there was no sun there was no running water it was frozen in space. as his spirit moves on the face of the deep he seem to calculate how he is about to put this all in place. God from what I understands he is very specific detailed and Artistic so math formulas are being put together and its almost like this we see a web page but there are formulas working to bring to a nice site. So then God comes up with the plan and Speaks words of restoration and says Let there be light and light was this was his light until he puts the sun in place. and so you know the rest of the story.. hoped I help..


Nkosinathi Ngulube's comment on 2014-07-28 06:16:39:

To S Stephen 's and Rod 's comments God 's foolishness, if permit He me, surpasses science and or human intelligence. He has made it so that only a chosen few may believe , in faith ,in all His doing.We can lobby and parade about sciences and big bangs because of the intentions of lucifer 's deciet.l believe God never ever created anything by error or in error.Who am l, insignificant before Him, can dare point out, according to my limited science and intelligence, how things were created besides what the word says?.Even Moses himself could only see and or know as far as God allowed him to, thus when He, Elohim says " ask for anytning ", We His folk boldly ask Him to reveal the secrets of His mysteries to us, and what He does not reveal to us now urges us to win this race of righteousness so that when we live eternally in His Kingdom, all hidden things shall be laid bare.


Rod's comment on 2014-07-05 08:10:03:

I believe in the big bang theory. GOD spoke and ...BANG it was!!! Genesis 1 1 reveals perfection. God is a perfect God and all He creates is perfect and complete. When Gen.1 1 says He created the heaven, that means everything in the heaven was also created at the same time. In sequence He created the earth. Before He begun the creation of the earth the heavens were finished! God is perfect and all He creates is perfect just like Him. It was also complete. Adam wasn 't a little boy who grew up before God, Adam was a full grown, mature man! However, Adam was NOT formed or created in the beginning. The heavens and the earth were and that 's what this scripture says. Praise the Lord for His creation of the heavens and the earth!!!!!


S Stephen's comment on 2014-07-02 03:40:47:

Science says that the universe was created by two highly energized beams of immense size of light hitting each other, forming matter and anti matter. Matter formed was more than anti matter and after anhilation of anti matter, the balance matter expanded rapidly and created this universe. This is the big bang theory. 1. Some body must have concentrated and energized these beams and also directed it. 2. I oppose the theory that more of matter had formed in the interaction, as theoratically equal quantities are to form. Further if that theory true the quantum of energy required would be astronomical times that required for the matter formed. Therefore matter and anti matter must have been seperated. This could not have happened at random. Who has done this?


Wayne Risley's comment on 2014-07-01 13:52:14:

God Created. Wow the most amazing, most awesome act of God. He created and would now bring order to his creation. Amazing, evolutionary scientists get the order mixed up because they don 't know how it happened and reject the one who knows and cannot lie. Read Genesis and you will know how God created the universe.


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