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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

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.

 

Olabode's comment on 2014-06-10 07:29:12:

The first thing God created was heaven followed by the Earth. No wonder He is the first and the last, the beginning and the ending. Nothing is covered or hidden from him. He knows the beginning from the ending. Our God is wonderful, this is, the wonder that is full.

 

PHIL's comment on 2014-05-11 20:36:26:

when God creates it it always " Good " in verse 1 GOOD and verses 2 very good two accounts of the creation of the earth. First one perfect and when satan fell, the earth as it was in verse 1 became without form and void and the rest is up to GOD

 

Gail Neal's comment on 2014-04-10 05:17:47:

THIS VERSE IS NO LESS INSPIRED REVEALED TO MAN TO PEN THAN ANY OTHER IN THE HOLY TEXT. THE BOOK OF GENESIS IS KNOWN AS THE1st BOOK OF MOSES MOSES SEEMINGLY BEING ATTRIBUTED AUTHORSHIP AS GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. SO, IT SEEMS THERE SHOULD BE NO CONTROVERSY CONCERNING THIS VERSE. OR AT LEAST NO MORE THAN ANY OTHER GIVEN BY OUR HEAVENLY FATHER TO THE PROPHETS FOR US.

 

Baby's comment on 2014-04-10 00:54:36:

I know that Genesis 1 1 is beautiful.

 

Kayla's comment on 2014-03-30 17:11:39:

I use this verse for everyday life and it is awesome who listens. I love it. It really captures what God is capable of doing.

 

Goaba's comment on 2014-02-25 05:20:08:

God does not have a beginning nor does He have an end Our sense of time beginning and the end will limit our grasp of who God is should we confine Him to such a minute time span He was there in eternity past and He will there in the eternal future He is This is not a riddle or a puzzle pardon my limited English to be solved by asking who created Him and who created he who created Him If you can answer some of these questions then you will have reduced God to just another guy in your class or neighborhood Even Christians do not have answers let alone the bible One thing that is going to happen is when Christ comes again then we will know everything for know we know only in part Be encouraged seek His face while it is day for night is coming where no work will be done

 

The Rev.sundar Lall's comment on 2014-02-20 07:50:54:

This verse itself is an account of a creation story because there are two accounts of creation thus it is the duty of a readers to be a positive thinker and than this verse will be revealed to and with right perspective physical and spiritual both than the beauty of God s creation and God himself will be understood

 

Brianna's comment on 2014-01-28 11:28:15:

I truly appreciate this scripture as it sheds light on the actual time it took to create. The heavens and the earth were already created and were not apart of the creative days. Who knows how long it took for the Heavens and earth to be formed? So It was interesting to note that chapter 1 verse 1 is not apart f the creative days, the heavens and earth, as a base, was already created at this point. FASCINATING!!!!

 

K S REDDY's comment on 2014-01-28 01:01:15:

1.The verse says "In the beginning ,God created Earth and Heven"- Who has recorded this verse ?
2.It appears that God is before the beginning, when nothing existed.

 

Uc Sophia M's comment on 2014-01-16 03:45:21:

the word 'God' is like the word 'family'. One person cannot make up a family, just like the father alone did not make up God. God comprises, the father, son(Jesus) and the Holyspirit, just like father, mother and child(ren)=family. And also human being is made up of body, soul and spirit. You can't separate anyone from the other. Therefore, in the beginning God(the father, the son, the Holyspirit) created the heavens and the earth.

 

Robert L. Scofield's comment on 2013-10-26 17:14:14:

The translators of the King James Bible, or Authorised Version, knew the word for Heaven in this first verse of scripture was in the plural in the Hebrew language, yet they must have understood their exceptional regard for proper grammar forced them to translate it deliberately in the singular in English. They must have felt certain the writer was speaking of the short period of time before the stars and the rest of the universe was created a few days later. At any rate, it is unreasonable to think they were unaware of it being a plural Hebrew word. This is not an oversight on their part by any means.

 


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