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Genesis Chapter 1

1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep and God's Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3God said, "Light is!" and there was light. 4God saw the light, and saw that it was good. God divided the light from the darkness. 5God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." There was evening and there was morning, day one. 6God said, "There is an expanse in the middle of the waters, and it divides the waters from the waters." 7God made the expanse, and divided the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. 8God called the expanse "sky". There was evening and there was morning, day two. 9God said, "The waters under the sky are gathered together to one place, and dry land appears;" and it was so. 10God called the dry land "earth", and the gathering together of the waters he called "seas". God saw that it was good. 11God said, "The earth sprouts grass, plants yielding seeds, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with their seeds in them, on the earth;" and it was so. 12The earth produced grass, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, with their seeds in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. 13There was evening and there was morning, day three. 14God said, "There are lights in the expanse of sky to divide the day from the night; and they are for signs to mark seasons, days, and years; 15and they are for lights in the expanse of sky to give light on the earth;" and it was so. 16God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He also made the stars. 17God set them in the expanse of sky to give light to the earth, 18and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good. 19There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day. 20God said, "The waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of sky." 21God created the large sea creatures, and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed, after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind. God saw that it was good. 22God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth." 23There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day. 24God said, "The earth produces living creatures after their kind, livestock, creeping things, and animals of the earth after their kind;" and it was so. 25God made the animals of the earth after their kind, and the livestock after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind. God saw that it was good. 26God said, "We make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." 27God created man in his own image. In God's image he created him; male and female he created them. 28God blessed them. God said to them, "Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." 29God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed, which is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree, which bears fruit yielding seed. It will be your food. 30To every animal of the earth, and to every bird of the sky, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green plant for food;" and it was so. 31God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. There was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.