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

  • Lu2677
    Jeremiah10:2 tells me not to follow the way of the heathen, sound doctrine, how could this verse harden my heart, Lorin?Luke 2:34 is God telling Mary and Joseph that Jesus will be a "sign that will be spoken against." You accuse me wrongly, I speak against the holiday that is based on pagan not bliblical truth, I do not speak against His Son our Lord. I don't see any math in Luke 1 and 2.
  • Lu2677
    Lorin, All I need to know and understand about our Lord is in His Word, and in my heart by His grace through faith. I don't think I need a Hebrew calendar, to understand His Word. His salvation is for the Jews and Gentiles.
  • Lorin
    The new moon in 5BC was April 6th. This is signs written in the Heavens he created.Passover was April 22. Feast of Tabernacles on 4 BC was Oct 4th. As I said Dec 25th is close. Hope you can follow the math in Luke chapter 1 and 2.
  • Lorin
    lu2677,
    The courses of David are given in 1 Chronicles 24 and 25. The course of Abijah is the 8th week high weeks New Moon (1st of year,passover,)
    So the 8th course is the 10th week after the 1st of the Hebrew calendar. This is all the basics you need to figure what Christmas really is. From here it is basic math. I hope you find this helpful. The first of Lev 23 is last.Last becomes first.
  • Lorin
    lu2677,
    The entire book of Leviticus relates to Jesus Christ. THEREFORE Leviticus 23 the Laws of the Lord are all pertaining to the Messiah. Jesus Christ is the Messiah.Do not let Jermiah 10:2 harden your heart. Nor let Luke 2:34 take hold and we speak against the sign.The gentiles have a hard time accepting that Jesus Christ is for both ,but clearly in this verse and 35 show that their hearts


  • Lorin
    lu2767, To understand anything of the Birth of Christ . You need to know this: The Hebrew calendar is a lunisolar calendar, meaning that months are based on lunar months, but years are based on solar years.[11] The calendar year features twelve lunar months of twenty-nine or thirty days, with an intercalary lunar month added periodically to synchronize the twelve lunar cycles with the longer sola