Genesis 1:3

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

- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition

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Other Translations of Genesis 1:3

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


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.


Comments for Genesis 1:3

Ken's comment on 2014-11-11 19:40:30:

God is light nd in Him is no darkness. Light removes confussion.


Ibe Tipetet's comment on 2014-09-27 09:03:41:

The bible holds that Jesus is the first born of all creation and the Bible holds that Jesus referred to himself as the light of the world. Hence the light in Genesis 1 3 refers to the person of Jesus, the very light that shines in darkness and darkness comprehend it not.


Wayne Risley's comment on 2014-07-01 13:58:07:

Wow. God called light into existance before he created the light generators. Stars. Where did the light come from. Where will the light come from in Revelation. I leave that for you to think about, but it is awesome. When were the angels created? WHen were the heavenly host created? Is there a different order of spirits than angels? What is Satan? He is never called an angel? God did not create light, but he did create darkness. Why?? What is purpose of evil? What is the purpose of sin? Where will there never be sin?


Moses Njenga's comment on 2014-06-10 23:00:11:

GOD who is a SPIRIT speaks JESUS is the Word Himself into manifestation the Light in a polluted darkened world.


Rich's comment on 2014-06-10 20:58:15:

In context, into darkness God spoke, and there was light. In your life where you are confused, in turmoil, where you have no clarity... look to Him whose Word can be a light to your path.. a lamp to your feet. Separate yourself from the things that would seem to swallow you into their depth... His Spirit and His Word never fail.


Toni's comment on 2014-06-10 08:32:45:

The first words God spoke and commanded was there to be light. God is light. In Him is no darkness at all.In order to come out of darkness and see, we must come to the light and the Light of the World is Jesus. Light is the essence of God 's glory. It 's a great light that shines brighter than the sun.


Dharam's comment on 2014-06-10 07:21:28:

The spoken Word is powerful. God spoke and something happen. Light came into being because of the Word being spoken. Jesus indeed is the light of the world too and without him we would have still been in darkness.


Olabode's comment on 2014-06-10 02:15:56:

Jesus is the light, that is, the light that cannot be hidden. No wonder the bible says the light shine in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not. Jesus was tempted in this world, but at the end, he was victorious sitting at the right hand side of God. All genuinely born again Christian should work in the light fruit of the spirit not in darkness work of the flesh .


Cheba's comment on 2014-04-10 05:43:24:

I would not have a different opinion save to consolidate the fact that God does not do things alone not that He can 't but because He is a triune God.So Jesus is the One spoken as the Light that came in the dark world


Dal Wolf's comment on 2014-03-17 18:18:36:

Early man explained God as best he could Lets not split hairs about commas and semicolons Man has always believed in a superior power Some just explain it HIM differently than do others


Frank Kaphiyo's comment on 2014-03-14 03:02:48:

Thats the power or the word of God i believe that the light described here is Jesus himself the only light which set us free from darkness devil


Delores Whitworth's comment on 2014-02-24 16:41:10:

God transformed Himself into Light john 1 9 Ex 3 14 I AM THAT I AM


K S REDDY's comment on 2014-01-28 01:13:23:

" God said Let there be light"-Said to whom ? to himself or commanded to the spirit of God, of some other powerful character ? Or the word of just does the Work?


Washicd's comment on 2014-01-20 22:33:32:

"And God said..." At the first mention of God speaking, "Truth" was simultaneously revealed to creation. Truth has the ability to deliver out of darkness and confusion. God's word is the equivalent of Truth (which is Jesus Christ - John 1:1). This is essentially the same function as light. Praise our Father!


Evangelist Valour Enang's comment on 2014-01-06 02:22:58:

I admit to the fact that Jesus is the light refers to in Genesis 1:3. John 8:12, Jesus said "i am the light of the world..."


Evangelist Valour Enang's comment on 2014-01-06 02:22:52:

I admit to the fact that Jesus is the light refers to in Genesis 1:3. John 8:12, Jesus said "i am the light of the world..."


Paulkeeya's comment on 2013-11-04 21:25:15:

Genesis 1:3 The creation of light on the 1st day, brings difficulty to the readers to interpret it with the creation of the sun on the 4th day.


Wendell W. Phillips's comment on 2013-10-31 06:39:46:

I beleive that GOD as it is expressed in Issiah 60:19 That GOD is the Highest Light, therefore when GOD spoke to the uuter darkness "Let There Be Light " That it was darkness that had to recognize that the Highest of the High Light was in its present that the reflections of the emitting rays separated day form night and darkness from light.

What I am saying is that the Highest light ,that being GOD has always had Darkness under its scope of radar , but when GOD said let there be light it was darkness that had to bow down and recognize the power of GOD bring darkness into the fruiton of light.


Justin Dele Ajayi's comment on 2013-10-20 07:05:55:

Gen 1 .3
This verse illustrates the Creative power in Gods Word.He said it and it came to pass.Let there be light and there was light.


Steve's comment on 2013-08-11 20:18:24:

When God created light and declared it was good then darkness was known to be not good. This is a mighty picture of God coming on to the scene of nothingness. To understand God one must be able to understand all things that are not of God. For instance, to understand truth one must understand lies and so lies must be created. By the mere presence of God lies must be created to understand truth. The darkness, since it declared to be not good will hold all of these forces that will oppose God. These forces that oppose God must be for man to understand the qualities of God. For every quality of God there must be opposite forces or we could never understand goodness. God created evil and it resides in the darkness in many forms but remember; for us to understand God these forces must be. There is a gray zone in between the light and the darkness. This is where man resides. This is where God cast mankind to come to understand the difference between the two opposing forces. The gray zone is a horrible place; a battle ground, a mixing pot of good and evil but this must be for God to finish creating man. Jesus had to come to the gray zone. He didn't like it here and couldn't wait to leave. You and I are like Jesus. We want out of the gray zone and because of what Jesus did and us accepting we will get out. There will be many spirits that will not get out. When God removes the light then the gray zone and all who will stay in it will be in the darkness forever.


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