26 Then God said, (A)“Let us make man[a] in our image, (B)after our likeness. And (C)let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    (D)male and female he created them.

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, (E)“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. (F)You shall have them for food. 30 And (G)to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 1:26 The Hebrew word for man (adam) is the generic term for mankind and becomes the proper name Adam

When no (A)bush of the field[a] was yet in the land[b] and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man (B)to work the ground,

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 2:5 Or open country
  2. Genesis 2:5 Or earth; also verse 6

then the Lord God formed the man of (A)dust from the ground and (B)breathed into his (C)nostrils the breath of life, and (D)the man became a living creature.

Read full chapter

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; (A)I will make him a helper fit for[a] him.” 19 (B)Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed[b] every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and (C)brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam[c] there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a (D)deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made[d] into a woman and brought her to the man.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 2:18 Or corresponding to; also verse 20
  2. Genesis 2:19 Or And out of the ground the Lord God formed
  3. Genesis 2:20 Or the man
  4. Genesis 2:22 Hebrew built

So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

Read full chapter

(A)“Whoever sheds the blood of man,
    by man shall his blood be shed,
(B)for God made man in his own image.

Read full chapter

Book One

The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

Blessed is the man[a]
    who (A)walks not in (B)the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in (C)the way of sinners,
    nor (D)sits in (E)the seat of (F)scoffers;
but his (G)delight is in the law[b] of the Lord,
    and on his (H)law he meditates day and night.

He is like (I)a tree
    planted by (J)streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
    and its (K)leaf does not wither.
(L)In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
    but are like (M)chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked (N)will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in (O)the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord (P)knows (Q)the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked will perish.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 1:1 The singular Hebrew word for man (ish) is used here to portray a representative example of a godly person; see Preface
  2. Psalm 1:2 Or instruction

When I (A)look at your heavens, the work of your (B)fingers,
    the moon and the stars, (C)which you have set in place,
(D)what is man that you are (E)mindful of him,
    and (F)the son of man that you (G)care for him?

Yet you have made him a little lower than (H)the heavenly beings[a]
    and crowned him with (I)glory and honor.
You have given him (J)dominion over the works of your hands;
    (K)you have put all things under his feet,

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 8:5 Or than God; Septuagint than the angels

Blessed Are the Forgiven

A Maskil[a] of David.

32 (A)Blessed is the one whose (B)transgression is forgiven,
    whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord (C)counts no iniquity,
    and in whose spirit (D)there is no deceit.

For when I kept silent, my (E)bones wasted away
    through my (F)groaning all day long.
For day and night your (G)hand was heavy upon me;
    my strength was dried up[b] as by the heat of summer. Selah

I (H)acknowledged my sin to you,
    and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I (I)will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
    and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 32:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  2. Psalm 32:4 Hebrew my vitality was changed

Behold, (A)I was brought forth in iniquity,
    and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Read full chapter

And I said: “Woe is me! (A)For I am lost; (B)for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the (C)King, the Lord of hosts!”

Read full chapter

Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man (A)who trusts in man
    and makes flesh his strength,[a]
    whose heart turns away from the Lord.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 17:5 Hebrew arm

26 For (A)what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or (B)what shall a man give in return for his soul?

Read full chapter

26 And (A)he made from one man every nation of mankind to live (B)on all the face of the earth, (C)having determined allotted periods and (D)the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 (E)that they should seek God, (F)and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. (G)Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for

(H)“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;[a]

as even some of (I)your own poets have said,

“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’[b]

29 (J)Being then God's offspring, (K)we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 (L)The times of ignorance (M)God overlooked, but (N)now he (O)commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed (P)a day on which (Q)he will judge the world (R)in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and (S)of this he has given assurance to all (T)by raising him from the dead.”

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Acts 17:28 Probably from Epimenides of Crete
  2. Acts 17:28 From Aratus's poem “Phainomena”

19 For what can be (A)known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, (B)have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[a] in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they (C)became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 (D)Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and (E)exchanged the glory of (F)the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore (G)God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to (H)the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for (I)a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, (J)who is blessed forever! Amen.

26 For this reason (K)God gave them up to (L)dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, (M)men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, (N)God gave them up to (O)a debased mind to do (P)what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know (Q)God's righteous decree that those who practice such things (R)deserve to die, they not only do them but (S)give approval to those who practice them.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Romans 1:20 Or clearly perceived from the creation of the world

10 as it is written:

(A)“None is righteous, no, not one;
11     no one understands;
    no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
    no one does good,
    not even one.”
13 (B)“Their throat is (C)an open grave;
    they use their tongues to deceive.”
(D)“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14     (E)“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 (F)“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16     in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and (G)the way of peace they have not known.”
18     (H)“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Read full chapter

23 for (A)all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Read full chapter

For (A)while we were still weak, at the right time (B)Christ died for the ungodly.

Read full chapter

Death in Adam, Life in Christ

12 Therefore, just as (A)sin came into the world through one man, and (B)death through sin, and (C)so death spread to all men[a] because (D)all sinned—

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Romans 5:12 The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women; also twice in verse 18