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Genesis 1:1-3 Good News Translation (GNT)

The Story of Creation

In the beginning, when God created the universe,[a] the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the Spirit of God[b] was moving over the water. Then God commanded, “Let there be light”—and light appeared.

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 1:1 In the beginning … the universe; or In the beginning God created the universe; or When God began to create the universe.
  2. Genesis 1:2 the Spirit of God; or the power of God; or a wind from God; or an awesome wind.
Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Genesis 1:1-3 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Six Days of Creation and the Sabbath

In the beginning when God created[a] the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God[b] swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 1:1 Or when God began to create or In the beginning God created
  2. Genesis 1:2 Or while the spirit of God or while a mighty wind
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Genesis 1:1-3 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Parashah 1: B’resheet (In the beginning) 1:1–6:8

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was unformed and void, darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the surface of the water. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Genesis 1:1-5 The Message (MSG)

Heaven and Earth

1-2 First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.

3-5 God spoke: “Light!”
        And light appeared.
    God saw that light was good
        and separated light from dark.
    God named the light Day,
        he named the dark Night.
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day One.

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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