Genesis 1:3

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then God said, "Let there be light; and there was light."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
- Basic English Bible

And God said, Let there be light. And there was light.
- Darby Bible

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
- Webster's Bible

God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.
- World English Bible

and God saith, `Let light be;' and light is.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And God said: 'Let there be light.' And there was light.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 1:3


1:3-5 We have here a farther account of the first day's work. In which observe, 1. That the first of all visible beings which God created was light, the great beauty and blessing of the universe: like the first - born, it doth, of all visible beings, most resemble its great parent in purity and power, brightness and beneficence. 2. That the light was made by the word of God's power; He said, Let there be light - He willed it, and it was done; there was light - Such a copy as exactly answered the original idea in the eternal mind. 3. That the light which God willed, he approved of. God saw the light, that it was good - 'Twas exactly as he designed it; and it was fit to answer the end for which he designed it. 4. That God divided the light from the darkness - So put them asunder as they could never be joined together: and yet he divided time between them, the day for light, and the night for darkness, in a constant succession. Tho' the darkness was now scattered by the light, yet it has its place, because it has its use; for as the light of the morning befriends the business of the day, so the shadows of the evening befriend the repose of the night. God has thus divided between light and darkness, because he would daily mind us that this is a world of mixtures and changes. In heaven there is perpetual light, and no darkness; in hell utter darkness, and no light: but in this world they are counter - changed, and we pass daily from one to another; that we may learn to expect the like vicissitudes in the providence of God. 5. That God divided them from each other by distinguishing names. He called the light Day, and the darkness he called night - He gave them names as Lord of both. He is the Lord of time, and will be so 'till day and night shall come to an end, and the stream of time be swallowed up in the ocean of eternity. 6. That this was the first day's work, The evening and the morning were the first day - The darkness of the evening was before the light of the morning, that it might set it off, and make it shine the brighter.


Discussion for Genesis 1

  • Ozella Hare
    On Genesis 1:26, God said "let us make man in our image, after our likeness"... God is Spirit . His image is spirit, He made us spirit, only human. Job 32:8; I Corinthians 2:11, Psalms 51:10. verse 29, he talked to them as spirit to spirit
    Genesis 2:7 God formed man, and breathe into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul. (not the woman yet) v.20 then he formed the woman.
  • CLEMENT OMALA OWAKA
    I LOVE GENESIS BECAUSE IT TEACHS ME ALL ABOUT THE WORLD AND OUR ANCESTORS AND OUR REAL GOD WHO CREATED US MAY I BE FILLED WITH HOLY SPIRIT FOR ME TO WON ALL TEMTETIONS AMEN.
  • Tom
    To Felicia: Thank you for helping me with my question concerning the creation of man and woman. This now makes total sense and as I reread the two chapters, you gave me an "ah-hah!" moment. Thank you and God bless you for being so kind.
  • Dennis
    To Felicia But he said Let us make man in our image HE told them to go preach the gospel to all the world baptizing them in the name of the Father Son and the Holy Ghost sounds like three different persons to me one thing for sure Gods word is good
  • JANICE J. GREEN
    WHEN GOD CREATED THIS WORLD HE GAVE ALL OF US EVERY THING THAT WE WOULD EVER NEED. HE SIMPLY WANT US TO TAKE CARE OF THAT WHICH HE HAS FREELY GIVEN. I SAY NEVER GIVE UP!!!. BE A POSITIVE CHANGE AGENT!!! PS DON'T FORGET TO FORGIVE AND PRAY FOR THOSE THAT DISPITEFULLY USE YOU. LOVE. JJ
  • Felicia
    To Tom Gen. 2 is an account of what God did in Gen. 1. Gen 2:1 says "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them." It goes on to give a detailed account of how things happened. Gen. 1:27 says "So God created man in his own image, ..." but Gen. 2:7 says "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;..."