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

  • A disciple
    Dear Alex; The Word of God is NOT given by everyone's opinion, and IS NOT according to anyone's imagination to interpret. But the Word of God is the Truth, is inspired by the Spirit of Truth, and understood by the good and honest heart that is presided over by the Spirit of Truth. The Calling Out Of The Graves is LITERAL! Everyone that has been born in the world will be brought up from the grave!
  • Alex
    Imo when he said all that are in th GRAVES shall hear HIS VOICE he was refering to the church world,Ya remember he told the scribes and pharisees they were hypocrites and GRAVES that appear not, and your house is left unto you desolate, All of the churches are desolate,which answers to the GREAT ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION IMPLIES SPRITUAL GRAVES A TIME OF SPRITUAL DARKNESS ETC, Gross darkness etc.
  • A disciple
    Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness! If we have something shown to us by God in His Word; we ought not to think too much of ourselves about it, for therein is the devil's snare! If we hear or know of someone speaking against the truth, then our duty is to make inquiry to see just precisely how it is so; and if it is so, bring forth the Scriptures wisely according what is needed.
  • I am.
    Christians never speaks of genesis 1/29 or Ezekiel 47/12 I wonder why. how can people be so blind children of the lost.
  • Alex
    Jesus said John baptised you with water but but i will baptise you with the H.G. and fire Jesus knew that all his disciples had been water baptised but he warns them IF I WASH THEE NOT YOU WILL HAVE NO PART WITH ME Which speaks volumes of a greater INTERNAL baptism OF THE h.g.When God showed Peter that SHEET WITH ALL THE unclean animals THAT WAS THE CHURCH THAT WAS MADE CLEAN BY HIS BLOOD,NOT H2O.
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 29:3 THE VOICE OF THE LORD IS UPON THE WATERS THE GOD OF GLORY THUNDERETH THE LORD IS UPON MANY WATERS JOHN 6:63 IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH THE FLESH PROFITETH NOTHING THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK UNTO YOU THEY ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE LIFE