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

  • Susan
    The Godhead consists of three. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Gospel of John 1:1-3,14 mentions the Father and clarifies that the Word is Jesus and Genesis 1:2 mentions the Spirit. All three present and taking part in Creation. I think of their parts like a contractor, architect and builder. The Father had the basic plan, the Son did the design and the Spirit, the work.
  • Irene123
    To Jim on Gen. 1 ( cont.) - also when God referred to the plural he may have been referring to the fact He already knew of His own plan to create an earthly body to dwell in named - JESUS. God is omniscient (all knowing; knowing all things from BEFORE the "beginning" in Gen.) He knew he was going to create you and me - way back then (Jer. 1:5). Jesus wasn't before the virgin birth.
  • IRENE123
    to Jim on GEN. 1:26 - Some claim God was conversing with another diety.This could not be true: God made all things ALONE. The Hebrew word for God is Elohim ( plural) in ALL of Gen. 1.But the Jews believed in only ONE God - :Hear O Israel...:- DEUT. 6:4. 'Us' and 'our' are simply figures of speech that God, not man, used.
  • Bud
    I believe that the US or OUR image, GOD is speaking to the heavenly hoists or beings.
  • Joninice ison
    God had already created the earth .Someone once told me God was talking to the earth. Man was made from the dust of the ground. "Let us make man in our image" from the dirt of the ground and God breathed into man the breath of life. Man became a living soul. when we die the soul goes back to God and the body returns to the earth.
  • Word
    Jim God ordained Jeremiah and knew him before He put Jeremiah in his Mothers womb and as you read that Esau God hated and loved Jacob you realize that God knew them from before. In Ephesians 1 God speaking to the election explaining to them that they were chosen and predestin from before the foundation of the earth, this earth age. Gen 1:2 the word "was" translates "became". We are very old.