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 1:3

  • MockingBird for verse 3
    God spoke faith : God is faith : We are made in the image of God : Therefore we , I can speak the same thing that God says in Faith and get the same results : What if God said that from this day forward every word you and I speak will automatically come to pass : a lot of us would die right on the spot : That tickeled me to death so we would say : instant death : So from now on I believe I should watch my words very carefully , seeing that God created all things by His words except for man He formed man with His own hands from the dust of the earth : Watching my words from now on !!!
  • Trinity adwoa kwofie for verse 3
    it is only God who has the authority to speak to the problems which has become darkness in our lives, for his light glory to shine manifest in our lives.
  • i don 't find any sensible, logical or even just a simple explanation re: the first verse of genesis --- whAt is the source of that LIGHT????? --- the sun and moon were created not until the fourth day? ... --- light came first before "the sun " was created - again, the question is, where did that LIGHT come from????
  • Genesis 1:2-4 2.The earth was without form and void and darkness was on the face of the deep And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters 3.Then God said Let there be light and there was light 4.And God saw the light that it was good and God divided the light from the darkness
  • Paul Aisa for verse 3
    Jesus is the Alpha Omega, the Beginning the End. The first creation of all. This light is Jesus. That light tonight will shine out of the darkness for us all this Holy Easter Vigil Saturday Night. Happy Easter.
  • Solomon for verse 3
    Jesus Christ died on Friday the day Man was created, nothing visible on earth happened on Saturday as it was a Sabbath day. On Sunday the first day of the week where light was created by the Lord God his son Jesus was raised from the death. His main purpose was to die for us for the light of life to be revealed to us through his rise from the death.