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

  • Samantha
    You know what gets to me about when it comes to argumentative conversations about the Bible is when people say and try to critic verse's in the Bible to fit their life style or their beliefs and they complain about who wrote the Bible and say things like "only the red writing is true", God is real and Jesus died for all humanity so that we can go to Heaven but remember we must be born again.
  • Steve morrow
    ---MUCH DEEPER BUD THAN MANS OPINION---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 JOHN 3:3 JESUS ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO HIM VERILY VERILY I SAY UNTO THEE EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD 1 PETER 1:23 BEING BORN AGAIN NOT OF CORRPTIBLE SEED BUT OF INCORRUPTIBLE BY THE WORD....
  • Bud
    Manny: You are right that the word trinity is not in the bible but if you read with understanding it is all thru it. Def. of trinity--God three in one. Mat 28:19, 1 Cor. 12 3-6, 1 Peter 1:2, That is only 3 of the 52 places mentioned. Good reading and bless you for studying the WORD.
  • Manny
    There is no such verse trinity in the bible. The 'us' refered to the Father and Son.
  • Donna
    Mr. Curious, you r right 😊 it does say "let us make man in our image". So is the "us" and "our" meaning the Three Persons in God or the Trinity? Or am I missing something here? My experience with Jehovah's witnesses says there is no place in the Bible where it says there is more than just God Jehovah, but this would be proof right here they r wrong. Verse27 is where it says "in His image".
  • A disciple
    Mr. Curious; what are you looking for? MANY came to Jesus all through the centuries, for AS MANY different reasons. We come to Jesus because He loved us and died on the cross for our sins to reconcile us; and if we continue in our sins and a life of indifference to God and don't repent; it will mean hell for sure! The wages of sin is death; everyone must give account of himself to God in the end.

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