Genesis 1:3

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Genesis 1:3

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then God said, "Let there be light; and there was light."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
- Basic English Bible

And God said, Let there be light. And there was light.
- Darby Bible

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
- Webster's Bible

God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.
- World English Bible

and God saith, `Let light be;' and light is.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And God said: 'Let there be light.' And there was light.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Genesis 1:3

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 1:3

1:3-5 We have here a farther account of the first day's work. In which observe, 1. That the first of all visible beings which God created was light, the great beauty and blessing of the universe: like the first - born, it doth, of all visible beings, most resemble its great parent in purity and power, brightness and beneficence. 2. That the light was made by the word of God's power; He said, Let there be light - He willed it, and it was done; there was light - Such a copy as exactly answered the original idea in the eternal mind. 3. That the light which God willed, he approved of. God saw the light, that it was good - 'Twas exactly as he designed it; and it was fit to answer the end for which he designed it. 4. That God divided the light from the darkness - So put them asunder as they could never be joined together: and yet he divided time between them, the day for light, and the night for darkness, in a constant succession. Tho' the darkness was now scattered by the light, yet it has its place, because it has its use; for as the light of the morning befriends the business of the day, so the shadows of the evening befriend the repose of the night. God has thus divided between light and darkness, because he would daily mind us that this is a world of mixtures and changes. In heaven there is perpetual light, and no darkness; in hell utter darkness, and no light: but in this world they are counter - changed, and we pass daily from one to another; that we may learn to expect the like vicissitudes in the providence of God. 5. That God divided them from each other by distinguishing names. He called the light Day, and the darkness he called night - He gave them names as Lord of both. He is the Lord of time, and will be so 'till day and night shall come to an end, and the stream of time be swallowed up in the ocean of eternity. 6. That this was the first day's work, The evening and the morning were the first day - The darkness of the evening was before the light of the morning, that it might set it off, and make it shine the brighter.

Discussion for Genesis 1:3

  • Bj on Genesis 1:3
    explain proverbs 8:21
  • Mishael - in Reply on Genesis 1:3
    Verse 20-21 are saying the Lord is leading and we are to follow Him. He will help us.

    By staying close to Him, he will build you up on your most holy faith. Your understanding of his wisdom will abound and be a treasury.
  • Mary Singletary on Genesis 1:3
    I would like to know how do you regain your Church after someone has come in and after 3 short years has run the founders of the Churches Family off and almost all the older congregation off that has been there from day one the founders passed with in the last 5-6 years This man was brought in to Pastor the Church but has completely turned it upside down and taken it over..These people have no one to ask how they can get it back..All they can do is pray and are so afraid that he will sell it.. Thank you
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 1:3
    Sadly, this type of behaviour has been known to happen & leads to many of the congregation leaving the Church looking for somewhere else to worship. What happened to the Elders who appointed this man to lead the fellowship? You mentioned the 'founders' of the Church, but every Bible-based Church has to have elders that govern & administer the Church's affairs. They are primarily responsible for who leads, teaches & shepherds the flock. If only the one man is the Elder cum Pastor, then the Church is subject to his direction only & is not operating as Christ intended His Church to be. Is there any possibility for the concerned members to approach the man to discuss this matter & alert him to the biblical standards? However, ultimately only God can change his attitude & direction, or else, members need to look elsewhere to worship.
  • Vendall on Genesis 1:3
    7 years later this comment is still the most helpful. Thank you, this blessed me today!
  • John L on Genesis 1:3

    Is the time of the Tribulation a 7 year period of time (from Daniel)?

    I have heard the time of the Tribulation to be the time of Jacob's Trouble" (Jeremiah 30:7)
  • Jesse - in Reply on Genesis 1:3

    The tribulation period is a seven year period. To be more technical, the entire seven year period is known as the tribulation period, and the last 3 1/2 years is known as the Great Tribulation.

    This last 3 1/2 years would be the time of Jacob's trouble as spoken of in Jeremiah 30:7. We see at the end of Verse 7 that it says "but he shall be saved out of it." This is referring to Judah and Israel. They will be spared from those last 3 1/2 years. These will be the 144,000 Jews who are told to flee into the mountains, probably the rock city of Petra. God will keep them from being harmed.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Genesis 1:3
    You can search the word Tribulation when you enter this website: type it in the search box and copy the places in New Testament only, on a piece of paper.
  • Mike on Genesis 1:3
    Genesis 1:3 KJV

    (3) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

    What God is really saying in Genesis 1:3 that He IS (Hebrew: hayah) Light instead of "let there be light". The "I AM" is light "I AM" light.

    This is the first message to the earth that had become without form (with the form of His righteousness) and void of the knowledge of God and the heart of mankind became darkened. Mankind needs to have the knowledge of God declared unto him.

    This is the message which we have heard of Him and is declared unto us: that God is lightand this message is found from the beginning in Genesis 1:3.

    1 John 1:5 KJV

    (5) This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

    The message was from the beginning in Genesis 1:3 that was heard..the Word of life. This Word or Saying of life is that "God is light" and in Him is no darkness at all.

    1 John 1:1 KJV

    (1) That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

    This light shines within our very own hearts when we hear the voice of Jesus who comes to open up the Scriptures to our ears. It is the witness of God within us about His Son whose voice we are to hear. It shines in a dark place (the heart). The bright and morning star arises within our hearts when we hear the voice of the Son interpreting the Scriptures.

    2 Peter 1:19-20 KJV

    (19) We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: (20) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

    "And there was light"as we are to become children of light when we have that light within us. While we have the light, we are to believe in the light so that we may be children of light.
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 1:3
    Mike, after you read Gen 1:3, have a look at verses 4, 5, 14-18. Do you think that these other verses have any bearing on verse 3? Though, your NT references were lovely to read & meditate on.


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