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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
¶ And God said, Let vs make man in our Image, after our likenesse: and let them haue dominion ouer the fish of the sea, and ouer the foule of the aire, and ouer the cattell, and ouer all the earth, and ouer euery creeping thing that creepeth vpon the earth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
- New American Standard Version (1995)
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
- American Standard Version (1901)
And God said, Let us make man in our image, like us: and let him have rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every living thing which goes flat on the earth.
- Basic English Bible
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over the whole earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth on the earth.
- Darby Bible
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping animal that creepeth upon the earth.
- Webster's Bible
God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
- World English Bible
And God saith, `Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness, and let them rule over fish of the sea, and over fowl of the heavens, and over cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that is creeping on the earth.'
- Youngs Literal Bible
And God said: 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible
1:26-28 We have here the second part of the sixth day's work, the creation of man, which we are in a special manner concerned to take notice of. Observe, That man was made last of all the creatures, which was both an honour and a favour to him: an honour, for the creation was to advance from that which was less perfect, to that which was more so and a favour, for it was not fit he should be lodged in the palace designed for him, till it was completely fitted and furnished for his reception. Man, as soon as he was made, had the whole visible creation before him, both to contemplate, and to take the comfort of. That man's creation was a mere signal act of divine wisdom and power, than that of the other creatures. The narrative of it is introduced with solemnity, and a manifest distinction from the rest. Hitherto it had been said, Let there be light, and Let there be a firmament: but now the word of command is turned into a word of consultation, Let us make man - For whose sake the rest of the creatures were made. Man was to be a creature different from all that had been hitherto made. Flesh and spirit, heaven and earth must be put together in him, and he must be allied to both worlds. And therefore God himself not only undertakes to make, but is pleased so to express himself, as if he called a council to consider of the making of him; Let us make man - The three persons of the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, consult about it, and concur in it; because man, when he was made, was to be dedicated and devoted to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. That man was made in God's image, and after his likeness; two words to express the same thing. God's image upon man, consists, In his nature, not that of his body, for God has not a body, but that of his soul. The soul is a spirit, an intelligent, immortal spirit, an active spirit, herein resembling God, the Father of spirits, and the soul of the world. In his place and authority. Let us make man in our image, and let him have dominion. As he has the government of the inferior creatures, he is as it were God's representative on earth. Yet his government of himself by the freedom of his will, has in it more of God's image, than his government of the creatures. And chiefly in his purity and rectitude. God's image upon man consists in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness, #Eph 4:24|; Col 3:10. He was upright, #Ec 7:29|. He had an habitual conformity of all his natural powers to the whole will of God. His understanding saw divine things clearly, and there were no errors in his knowledge: his will complied readily and universally with the will of God; without reluctancy: his affections were all regular, and he had no inordinate appetites or passions: his thoughts were easily fixed to the best subjects, and there was no vanity or ungovernableness in them. And all the inferior powers were subject to the dictates of the superior. Thus holy, thus happy, were our first parents, in having the image of God upon them. But how art thou fallen, O son of the morning? How is this image of God upon man defaced! How small are the remains of it, and how great the ruins of it! The Lord renew it upon our souls by his sanctifying grace! That man was made male and female, and blessed with fruitfulness. He created him male and female, Adam and Eve: Adam first out of earth, and Eve out of his side. God made but one male and one female, that all the nations of men might know themselves to be made of one blood, descendants, from one common stock, and might thereby be induced to love one another. God having made them capable of transmitting the nature they had received, said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth - Here he gave them, A large inheritance; replenish the earth, in which God has set man to be the servant of his providence, in the government of the inferior creatures, and as it were the intelligence of this orb; to be likewise the collector of his praises in this lower world, and lastly, to be a probationer for a better state. A numerous lasting family to enjoy this inheritance; pronouncing a blessing upon them, in the virtue of which, their posterity should extend to the utmost corners of the earth, and continue to the utmost period of time. That God gave to man a dominion over the inferior creatures, over fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air - Though man provides for neither, he has power over both, much more over every living thing that moveth upon the earth - God designed hereby to put an honour upon man, that he might find himself the more strongly obliged to bring honour to his Maker.
Tony's comment on 2014-07-23 07:59:38:
I have read all the comments and didn 't find much to agree with. In my opinion if anyone believe in whatever they believe in that 's is rights he owns that rights. Some people while expressing their own rights are doing so as if to say the way they see it is the right way and no other way. Now my common sense leads me to believe that since GOD created man and woman in their own image, then we have a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother whom I believe is the us who was mentioned. The bible didn 't clearly state that GOD was distinctly three people in or as one, that is clearly an opinion of someone who believed so. Also from my understanding there are many changes in the Bible of today to back up what they are teaching us. Interestingly from reading the 1st commandment I see Jesus as a image or idol, now I close by saying people of the true and living GOD remember to worship GOD in spirit and in truth.
Christopher Johnson's comment on 2014-06-28 12:43:01:
Want to know a secret??? We are "all " created in the image of GOD, The Image of God is actually "everything " Every Thing in the universe is "Us "... "Our " life on Earth is actually "Our " mid life. We Spirit and Soul came into bodies Flesh, and Blood comprised of space dust. Temporal Particle compilations ordained by GOD. Now see that we existed in the heavens before we arrived here, yet we don 't totally remember "Our " previous life, because It "was, is, and will be that which is outside of "time " eternally. Here on Earth we experience the "trap " of time, and therfore are limited in "Our " Infinate minds. as we perish, we are bought back to "our " eternal subjection wether it be heaven or hell, time is no longer binding you...Now with that being said, when we obtain the gift of eternal life, we then embark on "Our " quest into the previously unknown universe before "Us ". There for millions, or billions of years into our eternal life we may "Become " Anything out of everything...Maybe a Comet, a planet, a Building, our favorite "alien ", a robot, even a slice of cheese. Just Kidding, "Us ", and "Our " refers to the trinity, the angels, and all the Host of Heaven... ENJOY!
Michelle's comment on 2014-06-15 19:44:41:
Who is us? And who is our?
Michelle's comment on 2014-06-15 19:36:43:
Who is us? And who is our?
Toni's comment on 2014-06-08 08:42:02:
God made man to be in the image of the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost. He made man to be spiritual like Him. God said let us meaning there was more than one person that was with Him. John testified that Jesus was the Word and that all things were made by Him, and without Him, was not anything made that was made. John 1 3. Jesus is the Word of God. He is not God. The words that came from God 's mouth was Jesus. Without Jesus, nothing could have been created. God 's design was that man be created in a fleshly body, but have His spiritual nature that He could dwell with daily. God said let us make man in our image, after our likeness. It says in the word, we are to be like Christ. Before sin entered the world, we were like Christ in His spiritual form. God reveals His Word to them who seek the truth. Man 's wisdom is foolishness to God. It 's carnal and sheer vanity. In fact, God takes foolish things to confound the wise. 1 Corinthians 1 27. Let the word of God not be a stumblingblock. God has a Son and His name is Jesus. He was in the beginning with God and will judge the whole world according to righteousness.
JOE's comment on 2014-06-06 05:22:45:
the phrase "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness " may be referring to the beings who came from somewhere in the universe and gave birth to mankind on earth. is it really that hard to believe? intelligent life outside our universe? the universe is billions of years old. I can 't possibly imagine we are the only intelligent life. if so, what a waste of space. I do not know of anywhere in the bible that says we are alone in the universe.
PETER's comment on 2014-05-07 11:44:48:
does that mean there are 3 Gods, 'if let us ' here is reffering to the trinity
Debra Grocesley's comment on 2014-04-07 01:34:45:
Let us make man in our image. Sounds great! Now my father wants children,on earth. His wheels were turning giving man domion. over land,sea,air. How powerful and from the Lord himself? God wants man to "enjoy " his work.
K S REDDY's comment on 2014-01-28 01:25:59:
What is meant by US ?
Koramoah's comment on 2014-01-22 01:41:07:
2 cor 4:4, col 1:15 informs us that Christ Jesus is the image of God. This suggest that man was made to have his being in christ (acts 17:28,29). Eph 2:10" for we are his workmanship, created in christ Jesus for good works...). It is only in Jesus Christ that man can discover himself and appreciate the life In God.
Aba Ve Ben's comment on 2013-12-25 01:47:00:
Genesis 1:26 may allow speculation if read by itself. Coupled with Provrbs 8:21+ the first creation is there with Him...to me this is the "us".
Amrit Alley's comment on 2013-11-28 08:38:12:
In my view 'let us' refer the three things Father, son and holy spirit.
Veezi's comment on 2013-10-24 11:09:35:
when god said "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" he is referring to the people he came to earth with, his host!
David's comment on 2013-10-01 12:06:26:
John 1 says "In the beginning the word was with God and the word was God". WORD in the original text translates to "logos" which means thought or plan. 1 Peter 1:19-20 = But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you. The "thought" or "plan" was with God from the beginning. If God is a trinity, then the whole trinity "3 people" would have said to another being "let us" and he would have had to make 4 people. We see He made 1.
Timothy Yakich's comment on 2013-09-01 16:22:43:
I am currently attending the Pennsylvania Bible Institute and we are currently covering the Old Testament (Survey). I recently read the Genesis 1 - 4 account - 4 times - and the last time I read it I noticed that 1:26 states, "And let THEM have dominion..." I see on this site that Wesley's comment glosses over this by changing the "them" to "him". My question: did God create many men and women ("man") then choose/create "Adam" and "Eve" separate from the rest of the general public afterwards? This makes sense to me because when God created the other animals He created many. So why would He only create one man first, and without a mate? I look forward to your insight. Blessings, Tim.
Vasiti's comment on 2013-08-03 18:32:35:
We are made in the image of God, that is body, soul and spirit. God says, " Let us..." referring to Him being, Body, Soul, and Spirit.
Dan's comment on 2013-06-28 06:31:19:
Hitherto, God saw everything he created as good but after creating man in His image, he saw everything as VERY good. and he did not just command ('let there be') man into being but consulted ('let us create')with Father, Son and Holy Spirit and thee show the importance of man above all other creatures of God the Almighty Creator.
Aldy's comment on 2013-06-20 14:33:18:
In Genesis 1:26, the Father used the "US" and "OUR". This means that with the Father existed the Son and the Holy Spirit in the very beginning of the creation. On that time Jesus already existed with the Father Almighty in divine nature and with the Holy Spirit. As Jesus said in New Testament that He is existance before the earth was created. He also said "the Father and I are ONE". Another Bible quote: "FROM THE BEGINNING IS THE WORD, AND THE WORD IS GOD, THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US". This is very clear that the GOD existed in 3 persons: FATHER, SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. 3 PERSONS IN ONE GOD.
Others may say, how come that God in 3 but 1 God. Anyway that is the mystery of God that no one can deeply understand that mystery. We cannot measure the mightiness of God. Because if this mystery can be understood easily, you are merely more than Him... God bless us!
Mary's comment on 2013-05-20 10:43:06:
God knows that our "will" would always be our biggest hurdle to giving ourselves completely to doing God's Will - let go and enjoy His abundant joy & peace; He Loves Us despite our wicked ways & gave up His most precious Son just to be able to have us in His presence - could any of us do that? Not Likely :(
PAUL SHUFORD's comment on 2013-05-01 10:05:12:
SO GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD CREATED HE HIM MALE AND FEMALE CREATED HE THEM.NOW YOU HAVE TO RIGHTLY DEVIDE THE WORD OF GOD BEFORE HIM THERE WAS NOTHING BECAUSE HE CREATED EVERYTHING NOW THERE IS SOMETHING
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