Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Genesis 1:1

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 for Genesis 1:1

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

  • Dwight on Genesis 1:1
    Thanks. An odd word, but yes, I looked it up and you're absolutely right.
  • Mimi on Genesis 1:1
    My aunt told me when I was young that when Jerusalem was filled with flowers, the end of time was near. What did she mean? Later as an adult, I had been seeking God and understanding,I wanted to know how to be saved. One night I had a dream and in color, I saw Jesus standing at a gate and there were flowers all around.
  • T. Levis - in Reply on Genesis 1:1
    She may have been referring to Isaiah 35:1-4

    Your dream sounds beautiful.

    Isaiah 35:5-6 = John 9

    How to be saved, please read

    John 3:16

    Mathew 5

    Mathew 6

    Mathew 7

    Jude 1

    Hopefully that's helpful
  • Mimi - in Reply on Genesis 1:1
    Thank you for your response :).

    I will look that verse and the others in a little bit.

    Yes, my dream was beautiful I will never forget it. It got my attention and I kept searching. I'm so happy to tell you a few years later, we started going to Church and my husband and I both were saved, Thank God. God works in mysterious ways. Not long after that day, my 2 brothers and a sister in law was saved. Then it wasn't long when my daughter, 2 nieces and a nephew was saved. We all kept praying for my Dad to go to church. Many years later him and my mom were at my aunt's house in Kentucky.They talked him into going with them to their little country church.Praise the Lord my Dad got saved and was Baptized.So thankful my mom was with him.She had prayed and shed many tears over the years for him. A few more years later, my dad passed away. But even though it was so so sad losing him, I know by God's Grace and His never ending love, our family will be together
  • T. Levis - in Reply on Genesis 1:1
    Thank you for sharing that. It's heart warming & encouraging.
  • Mimi - in Reply on Genesis 1:1
    You are very welcome. God bless you for reaching ot to everyone and your ministry. May God continue to bless you with strength, stamina and desire to continue, regardless of the hopelessness you may sometimes feel. Smile!
  • Super Natural on Genesis 1:1
    Heaven(s) and the Earth KJV

    Revelation(s) KJV

    The Universe has lost a couple of S's
  • Mariah Foster - in Reply on Genesis 1:1
    Hallelujah amen
  • Peter on Genesis 1:1
    I don'i read much because of my bad eye sight ; but I always thought that God put together leaves to make a covering for the private areas of Adam and Eve;. Actually, He used skins.
  • Primrose on Genesis 1:1
    This is awesome having people commenting on the verses it will help me get motivated to read more and grow in my faith.


 

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