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

  • Brandon on Genesis 1:1
    To say that Jesus is only a created son of God is to misunderstand that OF God is something that never happened before and trintarians don't seem to be able to grasp that .

    The argument that Jesus is only a man or like a prophet, of old or Jesus is God in the flesh . Both views are extremely in error . Jesus is the Son of God like no other . God being with him was exhibited in his life death and ressurection .

    These to me are men's confused views both wrong or out of balance . Jesus is the Son of God . And if understood very clear and simple .
  • Michael Vesosky - in Reply on Genesis 1:1

    Jesus prayed to the Father and asked him to sanctify them though the truth. Thy word is truth . To know who Jesus is you must trust the scriptures for the answers. You cant even trust your own thoughts because God tells us that his thoughts are not our thoughts.

    John:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. [ Who made the world? ]

    v11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. These verses are are a reference to Jesus Christ.

    I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. In red letters Jesus said He is the Almighty

    I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

    The Almighty was dead when he took my place on the cross !

    I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

    Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

    That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

    And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

    Hope this helps
  • Leo on Genesis 1:1
    Thanks for this amazing app
  • WHO IS YOUR TEACHER - in Reply on Genesis 1:1
    The first line of the Bible states that heaven is created along with the creation of the earth (Genesis 1). It is primarily God's dwelling place in the biblical tradition: a parallel realm where everything operates according to God's will.

    In Genesis 1, much is written about heaven, firmament, dividing, etc. all those center of the page columns (abc notes) refer to other scriptures. You'll need a study Bible with that feature. Or...

    You can go on Google and type in: charts of 3 heavens. NOT all of them are accurate according to scripture.

    God is Spirit. He doesn't need to stand on something. The Holy Spirit is Spirit; same thing. In Genesis, Jesus's name is the Word.

    See John 1:1-5

    Philippians 2:8-10, 6 and 3:19

    Revelation 19:13

    Zechariah 13:7

    Isaiah 9:6

    All those scriptures may have reference notes to additional scriptures. You need a reference study Bible, to research deeply.

    It takes determination to search out the mysteries of God.

    Always ask the Holy Spirit to HELP you and TEACH you those mysteries. He's the Spirit of Christ; and a born again Christian has the Mind of Christ. You have everything you need when combined with Faith: faith that the Holy Spirit does what scripture says that He does. Pursue Him.

  • Hart on Genesis 1:1
    Thanks for writing.
  • 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.


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