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 1:1

  • Gary Mattis for verse 1
    God made it all so He owns it all also ! The earth and the fullness thereof are mine saith the Lord !
  • LORD God you are the creator. It is wonderful to see the work of your hands throughout creation. I 'm glad that on Fathers Day we are given this reminder that not only do you love us, and have covered us with grace and mercy but that you have created us for yourself.
  • MockingBird for verse 1
    Life began when God said !!! The beginning started when God created the heaven and the earth !!!! Period : No ifs ands and buts about it. Read His word as His word God 's word fits like a glove from Genesis to Revelation. We can find the answer to any question we have. There is no such thing as a stupid question , if you what to know something !!!
  • Achilles ssenyondo for verse 1
    Man is just blessed with limited knowledge about God,thanks to God who chose to bless man among all the animals that were created
  • The reason mans knowledge of God made nature conflicts with the bible is mans knowledge of nature is growing. For an example. Man believed the sun and stars moved around the earthand it turns out the earth is spinning so it appears that the universe is moving around us. When the bible says God created the heaven and the earth it is talking about the whole universe. Heaven is all of the space in the universe and earth is all of the matter or atoms in the universe. We didn 't name our planet Earth until many years after the bible was written. To think the bible is talking about the tiny planet we live on is just about the same as thinking God created the heaven and the grain of salt. If you believe the universe is revolving around the Earth you are not using the knowledge that man has provided us. I 'm sure in time the facts that mans knowledge gives us will let us understand the bible mores and more because I believe the bible is and will always be advanced above mans knowledge
  • Before Day 1 there was zero or initial beginning . Time was non-relevant. God in his infinite wisdom is one and only one. The dimension of God is expressed as the Spirit of God versus the wisdom of God. The beginning of all things represents the initialization of the Heaven and earth as in initializing a variable by setting it to zero. So many times we start with Day 1 in relating to God 's creation when we should be starting at zero since that signifies the beginning