Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

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

Bible commentary

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?


Discussion for Genesis 1

  • Coster
    Comment*I love jesus
  • Charlie
    In chapter GOD told Adam and the animals to replenish the earth , what exactly is Replenish ?
  • Mary
    Praise The Lord. Amazing!
  • David
    GOD IS EXCELLENT IN HIS CREATION, AND MIGHTY IN HIS POWER! AND NOT SLACKING IN HIS PROMISES AS SOME MEN OR HUMANKIND COUNT HIM TO BE! GOD AS OUR FATHER WANTS TO BE OUR HEALOR, LORD, GOD, AND KING! PROVIDER, WAY MAKER, OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS OR RIGHT WAY, AND HOPE! INSTEAD OF THE GOVERNORMENT OR ANOTHER SOURCE.
  • Piritpmim
    I was awakened suddenly a few night ago,and could not get back to sleep. THen after awhile, I smelled smoke! Thanks and praise to the Most Glorious Father, His Holy Son ,and the Holy Spirit for Your kind mercy to me and my family. It havecould a horrible disaster. But He would not let me sleep/ Trust in God always and be ever thankful. He loves you.
  • Wayne
    Susan, Proverbs 3:5-8. Trust in the Lord with all thine. Ephesians 5 chapter. Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to yourself with Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. God Bless.