Genesis 1:3

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

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

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

  • Jeff Berry
    1228; We know 1 thing for certain, the light in 1:3 was created. It did not exist prior to day 1 of creation. We also know that the celestial bodies were not created until day 4. We know that God is light and that Jesus is the light of the world. Of course they both existed prior to creation. Perhaps, God (being God) created a sourceless light. Our God is indeed an awesome God!
  • The word own: Isaiah 25…(7).. 2 Corinthians 3.(14)..(18) Gen 1:27
    And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. The word own is italicized meaning it is not in the original text. But it is right in the end.The Jews know
  • Lu2677
    Genesis 1 is about God creating the physical things of the earth; sky,earth,sea. Verse 3. He said let there be light(singular). Nothing is impossible for God. Verse 4. He saw the light and it was good,he used the light(brightness) to divide the day and night. Verse one can only be in the context of light that brightens. Verse 14. let there be lights(plural) He made the sun,moon and stars.
  • Bruce
    CC: Through time words changed meaning. Words we use today don't mean exactly what they did when they first were used. Years back Replenish just meant to fill up---etc. Do a Word study on replenish or any word. You will be surprised a lot of words don't mean exactly what we think they do.
  • Bruce
    ily: "God" said, Let "us" make man------- / For there are Three that bear record in Heaven, The Father The Word and The Holy Ghost---1John 5:7
  • A disciple
    1228; You ask a question that only God can give a complete answer: but we'll try the best we can to help with that one! In Revelation it says about there being no light of the sun or the moon, because the glory of God is the lamp, and the Lamb the light thereof. That sure makes you think! It also says about God, that He dwells in the light that no man can approach unto. The light in the beginning?