Genesis 1:5

“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Genesis 1:5

And God called the light, Day, and the darknesse he called Night: and the euening and the morning were the first day.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Naming the light, Day, and the dark, Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
- Basic English Bible

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening, and there was morning -- the first day.
- Darby Bible

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night: and the evening and the morning were the first day.
- Webster's Bible

God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." There was evening and there was morning, one day.
- World English Bible

and God calleth to the light `Day,' and to the darkness He hath called `Night;' and there is an evening, and there is a morning -- day one.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Genesis 1:5

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 1:5


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.

1:6-8 We have here an account of the second day's work, the creation of the firmament. In which observe, 1. The command of God; Let there be a firmament - An expansion; so the Hebrew word signifies, like a sheet spread, or a curtain drawn out. This includes all that is visible above the earth, between it and the third heavens, the air, its higher, middle, and lower region, the celestial globe, and all the orbs of light above; it reaches as high as the place where the stars are fixed, for that is called here the firmament of heaven, #Ge 1:14|,15, and as low as the place where the birds fly for that also is called the firmament of heaven, #Ge 1:20|. 2. The creation of it: and God made the firmament. 3. The design of it; to divide the waters from the waters - That is, to distinguish between the waters that are wrapt up in the clouds, and those that cover the sea; the waters in the air, and those in the earth. 4. The naming it; He called the firmament Heaven - 'Tis the visible heaven, the pavement of the holy city. The height of the heavens should mind us of God's supremacy, and the infinite distance that is between us and him; the brightness of the heavens, and their purity, should mind us of his majesty, and perfect holiness; the vastness of the heavens, and their encompassing the earth, and influence upon it, should mind us of his immensity and universal providence.


Discussion for Genesis 1:5

  • Mike on Genesis 1:5
    Genesis 1:5 KJV

    (5) And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

    God called the light "Day". He calls those who hear His voice and are awake to the doing of His righteousness (responding to His dawning Light in the heart with deeds of light..."and there was light") at the hearing of His knowledge.the "Day".. as they will go on to ever increasing understanding of His knowledge.

    Those who hear His voice (His knowledge) and are forgetful of His commandments and walk in the deeds of darkness are the children of the Night as they still will reside in darkness (not knowing) and will not enter in to understand.

    1 Thessalonians 5:5 KJV

    (5) Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

    1 Thessalonians 5:8 KJV

    (8) But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

    "And the evening and the morning, Day 1" speaks of the dawning (morning)of His Light within our very own hearts that were once darkened (evening). It progressively gets lighter and lighter with each day until there is no more darkness within the heart. The light shines in a dark place(the evening with in the heart) until the day dawn (morning) and the day star (morning star) arises in our hearts until the full light of the Day.

    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.

    The Light of God shines more and more unto the perfect Day where there will be no more darkness within the heart as it will be noon.

    Proverbs 4:18 KJV (18) But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
  • Kemar_ja on Genesis 1:5
    He made both and light and darkness and he named them "Day and night "
  • Vivian - in Reply on Genesis 1:5
    God created, one must know how to create in our own lives. Speaking those things into existence that one truly desires, then knowing what is good and speaking good over our creations. Separating also the day and night is important remember Gods word as reference to keep us on course.
  • Peter - in Reply on Genesis 1:5
    SO WELL SAID

    God created, one must know how to create in our own lives. Speaking those things into existence that one truly desires, then knowing what is good and speaking good over our creations
  • Josh on Genesis 1:5
    if Genesis 1:5 was THE 1st day then there were no millions or billions of years because time did not yet exist.
  • ROSEMARY on Genesis 1:5
    I love the word of god genesis 1.5
  • Marilyn Turner on Genesis 1:5
    Light was created first here. God named it day. Christ said, "Are there not twelve hours in a day? " So we have a day created here, what comes after day, I would say evening, then morning...day one! The rest is history!
  • Jerry on Genesis 1:5
    What has been created by God it is unquotionable
  • REV. HAMILTON PAGAN, M.A. on Genesis 1:5
    Spiritually, there is a messge for us in the creation of day and night.the day shows man there is a new beginning, an new day, a new start, a new arising. the beginning of a new day points toward the beginning of a new life. we are start life all over again we can be born again and be spiritually renewed. we can become a new creature, an new man in Christ. God named the light day, and the darkness He named night. note two facts,1. god , not man named the light and darkness. this very significant. it shows the God is the Lord of both day and night, not man. Light and darkness are both part of God 's creation. both are good both have their purpose and function in God 's creation.
  • Tony on Genesis 1:5
    God could not have been talking in terms of the sunlight because it came later into the creation time frame. So what is the Light and secondly what is the darkness and why does God call them day and night?


 

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