Genesis 1:20

“And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And God said, Let the waters bring foorth aboundantly the mouing creature that hath life, and foule that may flie aboue the earth in the open firmament of heauen.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then God said, "Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And God said, Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And God said, Let the waters be full of living things, and let birds be in flight over the earth under the arch of heaven.
- Basic English Bible

And God said, Let the waters swarm with swarms of living souls, and let fowl fly above the earth in the expanse of the heavens.
- Darby Bible

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
- Webster's Bible

God said, "Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of sky."
- World English Bible

And God saith, `Let the waters teem with the teeming living creature, and fowl let fly on the earth on the face of the expanse of the heavens.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And God said: 'Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let fowl fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 1:20


1:20-23 Each day hitherto hath produced very excellent beings, but we do not read of the creation of any living creature till the fifth day. The work of creation not only proceeded gradually from one thing to another, but advanced gradually from that which was less excellent, to that which was more so. 'Twas on the fifth day that the fish and fowl were created, and both out of the waters. Observe, 1. The making of the fish and fowl at first. #Ge 1:20|,21 God commanded them to be produced, he said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly - The fish in the waters, and the fowl out of them. This command he himself executed, God created great whales, &c. - Insects which are as various as any species of animals, and their structure as curious, were part of this day's work, some of them being allied to the fish, and others to the fowl. Notice is here taken of the various species of fish and fowl, each after their kind; and of the great numbers of both that were produced, for the waters brought forth abundantly; and in particular of great whales the largest of fishes, whose bulk and strength, are remarkable proofs of the power and greatness of the Creator. Observe, 2, The blessing of them in order to their continuance. Life is a wasting thing, its strength is not the strength of stones; therefore the wise Creator not only made the individuals, but provided for the propagating of the several species, #Ge 1:22|. God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply - Fruitfullness is the effect of God's blessing, and must be ascribed to it; the multiplying of the fish and fowl from year to year, is still the fruit of this blessing here.


Discussion for Genesis 1

  • Alex
    Imo when he said all that are in th GRAVES shall hear HIS VOICE he was refering to the church world,Ya remember he told the scribes and pharisees they were hypocrites and GRAVES that appear not, and your house is left unto you desolate, All of the churches are desolate,which answers to the GREAT ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION IMPLIES SPRITUAL GRAVES A TIME OF SPRITUAL DARKNESS ETC, Gross darkness etc.
  • A disciple
    Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness! If we have something shown to us by God in His Word; we ought not to think too much of ourselves about it, for therein is the devil's snare! If we hear or know of someone speaking against the truth, then our duty is to make inquiry to see just precisely how it is so; and if it is so, bring forth the Scriptures wisely according what is needed.
  • I am.
    Christians never speaks of genesis 1/29 or Ezekiel 47/12 I wonder why. how can people be so blind children of the lost.
  • Alex
    Jesus said John baptised you with water but but i will baptise you with the H.G. and fire Jesus knew that all his disciples had been water baptised but he warns them IF I WASH THEE NOT YOU WILL HAVE NO PART WITH ME Which speaks volumes of a greater INTERNAL baptism OF THE h.g.When God showed Peter that SHEET WITH ALL THE unclean animals THAT WAS THE CHURCH THAT WAS MADE CLEAN BY HIS BLOOD,NOT H2O.
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 29:3 THE VOICE OF THE LORD IS UPON THE WATERS THE GOD OF GLORY THUNDERETH THE LORD IS UPON MANY WATERS JOHN 6:63 IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH THE FLESH PROFITETH NOTHING THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK UNTO YOU THEY ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE LIFE
  • A disciple
    Jack; You say it! And just like it was in the days before the flood; the sons of God turned away their eyes and ears and hearts from any more conviction of the Spirit of God, and the "Salt lost its saltiness" and the whole world rotted and be came consumed with perversion and violence, till there was nothing any more that God could do; and had to completely destroy it. Yet they went on day to day!

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