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the earth was completely empty. There was nothing on the earth. Darkness covered the ocean, and God’s Spirit moved over[a] the water.

The First Day—Light

Then God said, “Let there be light!” And light began to shine.[b] He saw the light, and he knew that it was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 1:2 moved over The Hebrew word means “to fly over” or “to swoop down,” like a bird flying over its nest to protect its babies.
  2. Genesis 1:3 Or “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. While the earth had no special shape, and darkness covered the ocean, and God’s Spirit hovered over the water, God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” Or “When God began to create the sky and the earth, while the earth was completely empty, and darkness covered the ocean, and a powerful wind blew over the water, God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”

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