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

  • Brian
    can anyone tell me what day did sin enter into the world and how?
  • Bright Billiotbwa
    Its all about the creation of the universe
  • Tony Searight
    In The Beginning......Not Man...God Created! ....And It Was Good! ....
    Remember.... " You Can't Have It All Man .... Cuz Everything Belongs To God! " ..... All His Resources For Us To Use.... Not For Our Glory ... But His.... Amen!
  • Israel G
    The greatness of the great chapter of the great verse of the great Bible.

    This is the work of God of the BIBLE
  • Shirley M. Smith
    Genesis. 1 is the beginning of Biblical History. There was no, one but God for he alone existed. Then when he felt there was time to create his Master price called life. He chose exactly what he Desired life Form to be. For in the beginning was no" formation just God himself. That's when he allowed life to exist. He spoke it in to existence. Amen, and made heaven and earth and its elements. Light
  • Jaime Marie Rea
    Jesus says he sits at the right hand of God. It says God will live amongst men and women in revelation after 1000 years of peace and Satan is finally fired We cannot imagine God's Holy Ghost omnipotent creator because we are not God. To God give the glory.. Money is not God.. God doesn't need money.. Satan said he could be more powerful than God and created money.. Murdering millions