Genesis 1:16

“And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the starres also.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; {He made} the stars also.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And God made the two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: `he made' the stars also.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And God made the two great lights: the greater light to be the ruler of the day, and the smaller light to be the ruler of the night: and he made the stars.
- Basic English Bible

And God made the two great lights, the great light to rule the day, and the small light to rule the night, -- and the stars.
- Darby Bible

And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
- Webster's Bible

God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He also made the stars.
- World English Bible

And God maketh the two great luminaries, the great luminary for the rule of the day, and the small luminary -- and the stars -- for the rule of the night;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; and the stars.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Genesis 1

  • Brother William
    "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
    1 John 5:7 (omitted in the NIV and popular easy to read translations) This is a principle declaration of the Godhead. But many people do not like to retain knowledge of their Creator, and through deceit they are willingly ignorant. So God gives them a reprobate mind.
  • Jane
    Robert, Christ loves you. That is why he came, he came for our fallen nature which needed to be redeemed to right standing with God. God loves you, and that is why he sent his son, Jesus Christ. God's grace is given to each of us.. talk to him in prayer, he is listening.. John 3:16. Asking Jesus to save you is number one importance! Go to a bible teaching church, and read and pray your bible
  • Dylan
    Robert, no one knows the nature of the afterlife. Only an arrogant person claims to know such things. No one should live in fear of damnation. The best you can do here on Earth is to be a good person, and for that you need not read scripture. On being a good person, we have serviceable moral intuitions, yet I suggest sharpening your morality by reading moral philosophy books :-)
  • Brother William
    Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? He who has clean hands and a pure heart. Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. For his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in the law of the Lord he does meditate day and night. The ungodly are not so, but are as the chaff which the wind drives away.
  • Brother William
    Read Matthew 24, then 2 Peter 2, 2Timothy 3, Jude, Psalm 1, Isaiah 1, Jeremiah 5, for a start.
  • Hector
    To Word, In Job 38:4 God is speaking to Job, "WHERE WERE YOU when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much." If Job wasn't there when God created the earth, then you and I and all the souls your talking about were not present either! God is speaking to the Angels.

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