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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

Cajetan Fernandes's comment on 2015-08-25 06:29:59:

I believe that the account of creation beginning from Genesis 1:1 and the following verses is not for any one to argue or debate but to give us information that GOD Triune is THE ONE who created everything be it spiritual being or physical being and that settles it no question asked it was written for mankind

 

Gary Mattis's comment on 2015-08-09 23:01:00:

God made it all so He owns it all also ! The earth and the fullness thereof are mine saith the Lord !

 

Rob's comment on 2015-06-21 21:48:38:

LORD God you are the creator. It is wonderful to see the work of your hands throughout creation. I 'm glad that on Fathers Day we are given this reminder that not only do you love us, and have covered us with grace and mercy but that you have created us for yourself.

 

MockingBird's comment on 2015-06-21 07:28:22:

Life began when God said !!! The beginning started when God created the heaven and the earth !!!! Period : No ifs ands and buts about it. Read His word as His word God 's word fits like a glove from Genesis to Revelation. We can find the answer to any question we have. There is no such thing as a stupid question , if you what to know something !!!

 

Achilles Ssenyondo's comment on 2015-06-05 09:06:08:

Man is just blessed with limited knowledge about God,thanks to God who chose to bless man among all the animals that were created

 

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.

 


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