Genesis

Chapter 1

World's creation in seven days

1 When God began to create[a] Or In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth—
2 the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God's wind swept over the waters—
3 God said, "Let there be light." And so light appeared.
4 God saw how good the light was. God separated the light from the darkness.
5 God named the light Day and the darkness Night. There was evening and there was morning: the first day.
6 God said, "Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters to separate the waters from each other."
7 God made the dome and separated the waters under the dome from the waters above the dome. And it happened in that way.
8 God named the dome Sky. There was evening and there was morning: the second day.
9 God said, "Let the waters under the sky come together into one place so that the dry land can appear." And that's what happened.
10 God named the dry land Earth, and he named the gathered waters Seas. God saw how good it was.
11 God said, "Let the earth grow plant life: plants yielding seeds and fruit trees bearing fruit with seeds inside it, each according to its kind throughout the earth." And that's what happened.
12 The earth produced plant life: plants yielding seeds, each according to its kind, and trees bearing fruit with seeds inside it, each according to its kind. God saw how good it was.
13 There was evening and there was morning: the third day.
14 God said, "Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night. They will mark events, sacred seasons, days, and years.
15 They will be lights in the dome of the sky to shine on the earth." And that's what happened.
16 God made the stars and two great lights: the larger light to rule over the day and the smaller light to rule over the night.