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God Created Heaven and Earth




In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over
the surface of the deep and the Spirit of God was hovering
over the waters.

And God said "Let there be light," and there was light.
God saw that the light was good, and He seperated the
light from the darkness. God called the light "day," and
darkness "night." And there was evening, and there was
morning-the first day.

And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters
to seperate water from water." So God made the expanse and
seperated the water under the expanse from the water above it.
And it was so. God called the expanse "sky." And there was
evening, and there was morning-the second day.

And God said,"Let the water under the sky be gathered to
one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. God
called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters He
called "seas." And God saw that it was good. Then God said,
"Let the land produce vegetation: seed- bearing plants and
trees on the land that bear seed with fruit in it, according
to their various kinds. And it was so. The land produced
vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds
and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their
kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening,
and there was morning - the third day.

And God said,"Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky
to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as
signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be
lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on earth."
And it was so. God made two great lights - the greater light
to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night.
He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the
sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the
night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that
it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning
- the fourth day.

And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures,
and let birds fly above the earth accross the expanse of
the sky." So God created the great creatures of the sea
and every living and moving thing with which the water teems,
according to their kinds, and every winged bird according
to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed
them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and
fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on
the earth." And there was evening, and there was morning
- the fifth day.

And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures
according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move
along the ground, and wild animals, each according to
its kind." And it was so. God made the wild animals
according to their kinds, the livestock according to their
kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground
according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our
likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea
and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the
earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
So God created man in His own image, in the image of God
He created him; male and female He created them. God
blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase
in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish
of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living
creature that moves on the ground." Then God said, "I give
you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole
earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.
They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the
earth and all the birds of the air and all creatures that
move on the ground - everything that has the breath of
life in it - I give every green plant for food." And it was so.
God saw all that He made, and it was very good. And there was
evening, and there was morning - the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their
vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work He
had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all the
work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it Holy,
because on it He rested from all the work of creating that
He had done.



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