Genesis 1:16

“And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Genesis 1:16

And God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the starres also.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; {He made} the stars also.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And God made the two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: `he made' the stars also.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And God made the two great lights: the greater light to be the ruler of the day, and the smaller light to be the ruler of the night: and he made the stars.
- Basic English Bible

And God made the two great lights, the great light to rule the day, and the small light to rule the night, -- and the stars.
- Darby Bible

And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
- Webster's Bible

God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He also made the stars.
- World English Bible

And God maketh the two great luminaries, the great luminary for the rule of the day, and the small luminary -- and the stars -- for the rule of the night;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; and the stars.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Genesis 1:16

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 1:16

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 1:16

  • Mike on Genesis 1:16
    The 4th day is about the government of God upon us.the kingdom/reign of God. We are to fear God who is One and keep His commandments.

    God made 2 great lights.

    God set the 2 lights in the firmament (the opened hearing ear) of Heaven. Hear, O Israel.

    The greater light is the first and greatest commandment to rule the children of the Day who are to love God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength.

    The second, lesser light is like the first. to love our neighbor as ourselves. When we have love for one another, all people in this dark world shall know we are His disciples (John 13:35). We shall shine as the stars in the darkness of this world. We are to love even our enemies who hate us. In doing so, there is rule over those who are of the night in the darkness of their minds as we let God avenge us (Romans 12:19) .

    Mark 12:29-31 KJV

    (29) And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

    (30) And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

    (31) And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

    He made the stars we shall shine as lights/luminaries in the darkness of this world in the doing of His 2 greatest commandments. And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.

    Philippians 2:14-16 KJV

    (14) Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

    (15) That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

    Holding forth the Word/Saying of Life: that God is Light.

    (16) Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

    to be continued...
  • Peter Grant Budgewoi Australia on Genesis 1:16
    I ask this simple question - If the Moon is a light, as God proclaims it to be - how come NASA claim they have been walking around on it!?

    Also, if the light of the Moon is supposedly reflected sunlight - Why is it colder in the moons light than in its shadow? (Not a theory - But a proven fact)

    Furthermore - When I observe the Sun and the Moon in view at certain times - With the Sun fully risen in the East - Why is the Moon only partially lit in the West?

    Should it not be fully lit if there is no interference from the so called GLOBE Earth?

    "Debating cosmology of the creation of Yahweh has zero to do with salvation I readily admit -

    But all to do with DECEPTION!

    In Mat 24:3,4

    When the disciples asked the Lord - "What will be the sign of your coming and the end of the world - He simply said - take heed no man deceive you - YES! i understand he was talking about false Christ's.

    But regardless, deception is designed to deceive! And it presents its self in a multitude of ways.

    What I am simply trying to point out is this - If this so called "Giant step for mankind" on a so called solid surface of the Moon is presented as fact - Then what do we do with Yahweh's words of truth in Gen 1:16 that states, it is a LIGHT ( Check out what Wesley's comment about light!)

    PLEASE!!! - If you cannot reply with fact or scripture - I won't waste my time in reply!

    Sarcasm and ridicule were never attributed our Savior - So if you proclaim to be a Christian Please follow his example!

    My ultimate result from anything I post is simply this - "What is the TRUTH" and weed out DECEPTION- "Ignorance is no excuse - If an alternate point of view is presented - And willfully ignored!"

    As I said before - If anyone can give me fact and or Scripture to prove what I believe is wrong, then the truth will set me free! - If you cannot, all I ask is you have an open mind to research what I have said - Then I pray, the truth will set you free!!

    God's Blessing to all who read this
  • Shannon on Genesis 1:16
    He says a lesser light.

    But still a light.

    Why would anyone think he does not mean exactly what he says.

    The moon is a light source.
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 1:16
    Shannon, the moon of course is the "lesser light" in Gen 1:16. In the old days, before astronomy progressed, the moon was probably thought of as emitting its own light. As we know, moonlight is simply the sun's light being reflected. And yes, it is still very much a light source. When I used to visit some poor villages in Pakistan to minister, they had no electricity, no lanterns or kerosene; they depended entirely on moonlight. But its amazing how well our eyes adjust to low or no light, so life goes on without complaint for those people.
  • JohnN on Genesis 1:16
    The sun lights up the day, the moon lights up the night with the aid of the sun. Mars was created as is. The earth didn 't steal it 's resources.
  • Artwell on Genesis 1:16
    After being saved, a person will begin to glow like light in darkness. Christians become light to the world after true prayer and sanctity.
  • Antoine Gomes on Genesis 1:16
    This verse is just a reminder that God has it all in control from the beginning
  • Dal Wolf on Genesis 1:16
    Who can deny GOD After you boil down all the science it all comes back to the fact the HE IS
  • Ronald on Genesis 1:16
    God says it that settled it. Don't try and interpret something that is not their. Let the verse interpret its self.
  • Mervyn on Genesis 1:16
    The economy of words signifies Gods supreme authority. He has no need to justify Himself or His works.


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