The Creation

(A)In the beginning (B)God (C)created the heavens and the earth. The earth was [a](D)formless and void, and (E)darkness was over the [b]surface of the deep, and (F)the Spirit of God (G)was [c]moving over the [d]surface of the waters. Then (H)God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was (I)good; and God (J)separated the light from the darkness. (K)God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And (L)there was evening and there was morning, one day.

Then God said, “Let there be [e]an (M)expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” God made the [f]expanse, and separated (N)the waters which were below the [g]expanse from the waters (O)which were above the [h]expanse; and it was so. God called the [i]expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

Then God said, “(P)Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let (Q)the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 God called the dry land earth, and the (R)gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, “Let the earth sprout [j](S)vegetation, [k]plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after [l]their kind [m]with seed in them”; and it was so. 12 The earth brought forth [n]vegetation, [o]plants yielding seed after [p]their kind, and trees bearing fruit [q]with seed in them, after [r]their kind; and God saw that it was good. 13 There was evening and there was morning, a third day.

14 Then God said, “Let there be [s](T)lights in the [t](U)expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for (V)signs and for (W)seasons and for days and years; 15 and let them be for [u]lights in the [v]expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 God made the two [w]great lights, the (X)greater [x]light [y]to govern the day, and the lesser [z]light [aa]to govern the night; He made (Y)the stars also. 17 (Z)God placed them in the [ab]expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and [ac]to (AA)govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. 19 There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

20 Then God said, “Let the waters [ad]teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth [ae]in the open [af]expanse of the heavens.” 21 God created (AB)the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

24 (AC)Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after [ag]their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after [ah]their kind”; and it was so. 25 God made the (AD)beasts of the earth after [ai]their kind, and the cattle after [aj]their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let (AE)Us make (AF)man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them (AG)rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the [ak]sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man (AH)in His own image, in the image of God He created him; (AI)male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “(AJ)Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the [al]sky and over every living thing that [am]moves on the earth.” 29 Then God said, “Behold, (AK)I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the [an]surface of all the earth, and every tree [ao]which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30 and (AL)to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the [ap]sky and to every thing that [aq]moves on the earth [ar]which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. 31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very (AM)good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

The Creation of Man and Woman

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all (AN)their hosts. By (AO)the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and (AP)He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created [as]and made.

[at](AQ)This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in (AR)the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven. (AS)Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, (AT)for the Lord God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to [au]cultivate the ground. But a [av]mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole [aw]surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed man of (AU)dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and (AV)man became a living [ax]being. The Lord God planted a (AW)garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow (AX)every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; (AY)the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 Now a (AZ)river [ay]flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four [az]rivers. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it [ba]flows around the whole land of (BA)Havilah, where there is gold. 12 The gold of that land is good; the bdellium and the onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it [bb]flows around the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is [bc](BB)Tigris; it [bd]flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the [be](BC)Euphrates.

15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. 16 The Lord God (BD)commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not [bf]eat, for in the day that you eat from it (BE)you will surely die.”

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; (BF)I will make him a helper [bg]suitable for him.” 19 (BG)Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the [bh]sky, and (BH)brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the [bi]sky, and to every beast of the field, but for [bj]Adam there was not found (BI)a helper [bk]suitable for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a (BJ)deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 22 The Lord God [bl]fashioned into a woman (BK)the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23 The man said,

(BL)This is now bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
[bm]She shall be called [bn]Woman,
Because [bo]she was taken out of [bp]Man.”

24 (BM)For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25 (BN)And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

The Fall of Man

Now (BO)the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from [bq]any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “(BP)From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” (BQ)The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and (BR)you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (BS)When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they (BT)knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves [br]loin coverings.

They heard the sound of (BU)the Lord God walking in the garden in the [bs]cool of the day, (BV)and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “(BW)Where are you?” 10 He said, “(BX)I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 (BY)The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “(BZ)The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14 The Lord God said to the serpent,

(CA)Because you have done this,
Cursed are you more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you will go,
And (CB)dust you will eat
All the days of your life;
15 And I will put (CC)enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
(CD)He shall [bt]bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.”
16 To the woman He said,
“I will greatly multiply
Your pain [bu]in childbirth,
In pain you will (CE)bring forth children;
Yet your desire will be for your husband,
And (CF)he will rule over you.”

17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’;

(CG)Cursed is the ground because of you;
(CH)In [bv]toil you will eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you will eat the [bw]plants of the field;
19 By the sweat of your face
You will eat bread,
Till you (CI)return to the ground,
Because (CJ)from it you were taken;
For you are dust,
And to dust you shall return.”

20 Now the man called his wife’s name [bx](CK)Eve, because she was the mother of all the living. 21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.

22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of (CL)Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from (CM)the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. 24 So (CN)He drove the man out; and at the (CO)east of the garden of Eden He stationed the (CP)cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to (CQ)the tree of life.


  1. Genesis 1:2 Or a waste and emptiness
  2. Genesis 1:2 Lit face of
  3. Genesis 1:2 Or hovering
  4. Genesis 1:2 Lit face of
  5. Genesis 1:6 Or a firmament
  6. Genesis 1:7 Or firmament
  7. Genesis 1:7 Or firmament
  8. Genesis 1:7 Or firmament
  9. Genesis 1:8 Or firmament
  10. Genesis 1:11 Or grass
  11. Genesis 1:11 Or herbs
  12. Genesis 1:11 Lit its
  13. Genesis 1:11 Lit in which is its seed
  14. Genesis 1:12 Or grass
  15. Genesis 1:12 Or herbs
  16. Genesis 1:12 Lit its
  17. Genesis 1:12 Lit in which is its seed
  18. Genesis 1:12 Lit its
  19. Genesis 1:14 Or luminaries, light-bearers
  20. Genesis 1:14 Or firmament
  21. Genesis 1:15 Or luminaries, light-bearers
  22. Genesis 1:15 Or firmament
  23. Genesis 1:16 Or luminaries, light-bearers
  24. Genesis 1:16 Or luminary, light-bearer
  25. Genesis 1:16 Lit for the dominion of
  26. Genesis 1:16 Or luminary, light-bearer
  27. Genesis 1:16 Lit for the dominion of
  28. Genesis 1:17 Or firmament
  29. Genesis 1:18 Lit for the dominion of
  30. Genesis 1:20 Or swarm
  31. Genesis 1:20 Lit on the face of
  32. Genesis 1:20 Or firmament
  33. Genesis 1:24 Lit its
  34. Genesis 1:24 Lit its
  35. Genesis 1:25 Lit its
  36. Genesis 1:25 Lit its
  37. Genesis 1:26 Lit heavens
  38. Genesis 1:28 Lit heavens
  39. Genesis 1:28 Or creeps
  40. Genesis 1:29 Lit face of
  41. Genesis 1:29 Lit in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed
  42. Genesis 1:30 Lit heavens
  43. Genesis 1:30 Or creeps
  44. Genesis 1:30 Lit in which is a living soul
  45. Genesis 2:3 Lit to make
  46. Genesis 2:4 Lit These are the generations
  47. Genesis 2:5 Lit work, serve
  48. Genesis 2:6 Or flow
  49. Genesis 2:6 Lit face of
  50. Genesis 2:7 Lit soul
  51. Genesis 2:10 Lit was going out
  52. Genesis 2:10 Lit heads
  53. Genesis 2:11 Lit surrounds
  54. Genesis 2:13 Lit is the one surrounding
  55. Genesis 2:14 Heb Hiddekel
  56. Genesis 2:14 Lit is the one going
  57. Genesis 2:14 Heb Perath
  58. Genesis 2:17 Lit eat from it
  59. Genesis 2:18 Lit corresponding to
  60. Genesis 2:19 Lit heavens
  61. Genesis 2:20 Lit heavens
  62. Genesis 2:20 Or man
  63. Genesis 2:20 Lit corresponding to
  64. Genesis 2:22 Lit built
  65. Genesis 2:23 Lit This one
  66. Genesis 2:23 Heb Ishshah
  67. Genesis 2:23 Lit This one
  68. Genesis 2:23 Heb Ish
  69. Genesis 3:1 Or every
  70. Genesis 3:7 Or girdles
  71. Genesis 3:8 Lit wind, breeze
  72. Genesis 3:15 Or crush
  73. Genesis 3:16 Lit and your pregnancy, conception
  74. Genesis 3:17 Or sorrow
  75. Genesis 3:18 Lit plant
  76. Genesis 3:20 I.e. living; or life