Genesis 1:14

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And God said, Let there bee lights in the firmament of the heauen, to diuide the day from the night: and let them be for signes and for seasons, and for dayes and yeeres.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And God said, Let there be lights in the arch of heaven, for a division between the day and the night, and let them be for signs, and for marking the changes of the year, and for days and for years:
- Basic English Bible

And God said, Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens, to divide between the day and the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years;
- Darby Bible

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven, to divide the day from the night: and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.
- Webster's Bible

God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of sky to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years;
- World English Bible

And God saith, `Let luminaries be in the expanse of the heavens, to make a separation between the day and the night, then they have been for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years,
- Youngs Literal Bible

And God said: 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 1:14


1:14-19 This is the history of the fourth day's work, the creating the sun, moon and stars. Of this we have an account, In general, verse 14, 15. where we have, The command given concerning them. Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven - God had said, #Ge 1:3| Let there be light, and there was light; but that was, as it were, a chaos of light, scattered and confused; now it was collected and made into several luminaries, and so rendered both more glorious and more serviceable. The use they were intended to be of to this earth. They must be for the distinction of times, of day and night, summer and winter. They must be for the direction of actions: they are for signs of the change of weather, that the husbandman may order his affairs with discretion. They do also give light upon the earth - That we may walk #John 11:9 and work John 9:4| according as the duty of every day requires. The lights of heaven do not shine for themselves, nor for the world of spirits above, they need them not; but they shine for us, and for our pleasure and advantage. Lord, what is man that he should be thus regarded, #Ps 8:3|,4. In particular, #Ge 1:16|,17,18, The lights of heaven are the sun, moon and stars, and these all are the work of God's hands. The sun is the greatest light of all, and the most glorious and useful of all the lamps of heaven; a noble instance of the Creator's wisdom, power and goodness, and an invaluable blessing to the creatures of this lower world. The moon is a lesser light, and yet is here reckoned one of the greater lights, because, though in regard of its magnitude, it is inferior to many of the stars, yet in respect of its usefulness to the earth, it is more excellent than they. He made the stars also - Which are here spoken of only in general; for the scriptures were written not to gratify our curiosity, but to lead us to God. Now, these lights are said to rule, #Ge 1:16|,18; not that they have a supreme dominion as God has, but they are rulers under him. Here the lesser light, the moon, is said to rule the night; but #Ps 136:9 the stars are mentioned as sharers in that government|, the moon and stars to rule by night. No more is meant, but that they give light, #Jer 31:35|. The best and most honourable way of ruling is, by giving light, and doing good.


Discussion for Genesis 1

  • Steve morrow
    ***** PROVERBS 16:18 pride goeth before destruction and an haughty spirit before a fall *****
  • Alex
    His blood is the living WORD as Jesus was the LIVING WORD made flesh and blood,not the written word but the living WORD ,TH written word is not God just paper and ink but the living WORD is,SPIRIT AND LIFE which is GOD,we are made clean by hearing the living WORD, IN THE O.T. THEY HAD TO APPLY A BIT O BLOOD TO THE TIP OF THE RIGHT EAR,BUT NOW THE BLOOD IS APPLIED BY HEARING HIS WORDS OUR RIGHT EAR
  • Alex
    Does anybody know what the good fruit is? I can give ya a hint,What was MARYS GOOD FRUIT ? The good fruit is a baby Christ,the child is spirit, thats y he is saying that which is born of the spirit is SPIRIT WHICH IS THE H.G.Thats y he refers to himself as the SON OF MAN,His word is his seed, Our hearts is the womb where that good seed will be sown, THEY DON'T CALL HIM THE BRIDEGROOM FOR NOTHING.
  • A disciple
    Vicki; No, haven't read or heard about that book you mentioned. As to you question about the angels possibly inhabiting the earth before men; I'm not completely convinced that that is in the Scriptures. Howbeit there is a long time teaching out there in a few circles, that there are some coded messages in a handful of verses; which "they" suppose suggests that very thing, and a cataclysmic event.
  • Rebecca
    Vicki.. I just made a comment.. and now I don't see it. Young earth creation is what we see in Genesis. The age of the earth is about 6000 to 7000 years old according to the biblical timeline.
  • Rebecca
    Vicki.. I totally believe that the earth is young and definitely believe it's only about 6000 or 7000 years old, according to the biblical record and timeline. He also gave us plants for meat (food) so I fully believe that every single edible plant/herb is put here to use for nutrition and healing purposes as necessary. Everything else is hogwash. (And yes, I do also eat meat.)

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