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

  • Elizabeth
    Am thankful and grateful to God for Genesis 1:26-28,we are given full authority to rule and subdue the earth and whats in it so its for us to believe and use this authority to rule ourselves daily here on earth. Gen 1;28 to my understanding by the help of the holy spirit we ought to portray the nature and character of God to others in our daily life putting in mind that we are of his own likeness.
  • Charles Combs
    Adam an Eve were the walk the Earth.
  • Jim
    in Genesis 1:28 the statement, be fruitful and multiply and replenish the Earth, were there people on the earth before Adam and Eve or something else?
  • Connie
    I believe that God made man and woman to do just what He said to rule the earth, multiply in numbers and so forth. Then he made the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve. Those were his chosen if you will... like the Isrealites are his chosen even though He loves us all. My reason for believing this further is because after Cain kills Able and is sent out away from God and all he knows his fear of being
  • Karl
    to wahyu - yeah, those passages are one of those ponderables in scripture, perhaps it was meant to do just what it does, give you pause for thought. Reading scripture, you will often be faced with the choice - taking it on faith, or wandering down a goat path away from the truth. Walking in faith at such a crossroad can only strengthen your faith as you walk in the true path. --- any help?
  • Wahyu
    See the different between Gen 2:7 vs Gen 1:26-28 ? God have different way and purpose in creating a Man. Created vs formed from dust, dominion overall earth vs garden keeper, male and female vs male only, without God's breath vs with God's breath (living soul), be fruitful and multiply vs no multiplication command.
    I'd say Adam was not the 1st human on earth. What say you?