Amplified Bible

Genesis 1

The Creation

1In the beginning God ([a]Elohim) [b]created [by forming from nothing] the heavens and the earth. The earth was [c]formless and void or a waste and emptiness, and darkness was upon the face of the deep [primeval ocean that covered the unformed earth]. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters. And God said, [d]“Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good (pleasing, useful) and [e]He affirmed and sustained it; and God separated the light [distinguishing it] from the darkness. And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was [f]evening and there was [g]morning, one day.

And God said, “Let there be an [h]expanse [of the sky] in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters [below the expanse] from the waters [above the expanse].” And God made the expanse [of sky] and separated the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so [just as He commanded]. God called the expanse [of sky] heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place [of standing, pooling together], and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that this was good (pleasing, useful) and He affirmed and sustained it. 11 So God said, “Let the earth sprout [tender] [i]vegetation, [j]plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit according to (limited to, consistent with) their kind, whose seed is in them upon the earth”; and it was so. 12 The earth sprouted and abundantly produced vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, according to their kind; and God saw that it was good and He affirmed and sustained it. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, a third day.

14 Then God said, “Let there be light-bearers (sun, moon, stars) in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be useful for signs (tokens) [of God’s provident care], and for marking seasons, days, and years; 15 and let them be useful as lights in the expanse of the heavens to provide light on the earth”; and it was so, [just as He commanded]. 16 God made the two great lights—the greater light (the sun) to rule the day, and the lesser light (the moon) to rule the night; He made the [galaxies of] stars also [that is, all the amazing wonders in the heavens]. 17 God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to provide light upon the earth, 18 to rule over the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good and He affirmed and sustained it. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

20 Then God said, “Let the waters swarm and abundantly produce living creatures, and let birds soar above the earth [k]in the open expanse of the heavens.” 21 God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind; and God saw that it was good and He affirmed and sustained it. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to (limited to, consistent with) their kind: livestock, crawling things, and wild animals of the earth according to their kinds”; and it was so [because He had spoken them into creation]. 25 So God made the wild animals of the earth according to their kind, and the cattle according to their kind, and everything that creeps and crawls on the earth according to its kind; and God saw that it was good (pleasing, useful) and He affirmed and sustained it.

26 Then God said, “Let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness]; and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 And God blessed them [granting them certain authority] and said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subjugate it [putting it under your power]; and rule over (dominate) the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and every living thing that moves upon the earth.” 29 So God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of the entire earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30 and to all the animals on the earth and to every bird of the air and to everything that moves on the ground—to everything in which there is the breath of life—I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so [because He commanded it]. 31 God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good and He validated it completely. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.

Notas al pie

  1. Genesis 1:1 This is originally a plural form based on el (root meaning: strength), which itself is used to refer to God in compounds like El Shaddai (Almighty God). The word el is also used to refer to false gods, so the context determines whether Elohim means “God” or is better understood as “gods” (elohim).
  2. Genesis 1:1 Heb bara. Here and in 1:21, God created from nothing which is something only He can do. In 1:27, God used preexisting materials (man from the dust of the ground; Eve from Adam’s rib); each use of the word bara (“create”) must be considered in its specific context.
  3. Genesis 1:2 The Hebrew text here has two rhyming words, tohu and bohu, which have similar meanings of “wasteness” and “emptiness.” The construction is a figure of speech called hendiadys, in which two words are used together to express the same idea. The meaning is that the earth had no clearly discernible features at this point in creation but essentially was a mass of raw materials. This proves to be very important from philosophical and scientific viewpoints, because it documents the fact that the raw matter of the earth—and by extension, of the universe—did not coexist eternally with God, but was created by Him ex nihilo (Latin “out of nothing”).
  4. Genesis 1:3 This is not in the imperative mood (the ordinary grammatical form for a command), but God willed these creative events into existence. It is the voluntative mood in Hebrew. This translates, “It is My will that this happen.” English does not have the voluntative mood, which includes the jussive and cohortative forms. When “let” is used in this way, it represents a command not in the imperative mood, but rather an expression of God’s will, the jussive form. God literally commanded (willed) the world into existence.
  5. Genesis 1:4 “He affirmed and sustained it” is understood (deduced) from the context. The italic “and” alerts the reader or student of Hebrew that the word or words that follow are amplifications not found in the Hebrew text itself, but implied by it or by contextual factors.
  6. Genesis 1:5 The Hebrew word translated “evening” indicates dusk or sunset.
  7. Genesis 1:5 The Hebrew word translated “morning” indicates the time when it is getting light (dawn).
  8. Genesis 1:6 Or a firmament.
  9. Genesis 1:11 Or grass.
  10. Genesis 1:11 Or herbs.
  11. Genesis 1:20 Lit over the face of.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

创世记 1

上帝创造天地

1太初,上帝创造了天地。 那时,大地空虚混沌,还没有成形,黑暗笼罩着深渊,上帝的灵运行在水面上。 上帝说:“要有光!”就有了光。 上帝看光是好的,就把光和暗分开, 称光为昼,称暗为夜。晚上过去,早晨到来,这是第一天[a] 上帝说:“水与水之间要有穹苍,把水分开。” 果然如此。上帝开辟了穹苍,用穹苍将水上下分开。 上帝称穹苍为天空。晚上过去,早晨到来,这是第二天。

上帝说:“天空下面的水要聚在一处,使干地露出来。”果然如此。 10 上帝称干地为陆地,称水汇聚的地方为海洋。上帝看了,感到满意。 11 上帝说:“陆地要长出植物——各类结种子的菜蔬和结果子的树木,果子内都有籽。”果然如此, 12 陆地长出了植物——各类结种子的菜蔬和结果子的树木,果子内都有籽。上帝看了,感到满意。 13 晚上过去,早晨到来,这是第三天。

14 上帝说:“天空要有光体,以区分昼夜,作记号,定节令,计算年日, 15 发光普照大地。”果然如此。 16 上帝造了两个大光体,较大的管白昼,较小的管黑夜,又造了星辰。 17 上帝把这些光体摆列在天空,让它们发光普照大地, 18 管理昼夜,分开明暗。上帝看了,感到满意。 19 晚上过去,早晨到来,这是第四天。

20 上帝说:“水中要充满各种动物,空中要有禽鸟飞翔。” 21 上帝就造了海中的大鱼等各类水族和各类禽鸟。上帝看了,感到满意。 22 上帝赐福给这一切生物,说:“水族要生养繁殖,充满海洋,禽鸟也要在地上多多地繁殖。” 23 晚上过去,早晨到来,这是第五天。 24 上帝说:“大地要繁衍各类动物——各类的牲畜、爬虫和野兽。”果然如此。 25 上帝造了各类的野兽、牲畜和爬虫。上帝看了,感到满意。

上帝照自己的形象造人

26 上帝说:“我们要照着我们的形象,按着我们的样子造人,让他们管理海里的鱼、空中的鸟和地上的牲畜及一切爬虫。” 27 上帝就照着自己的形象造了人,祂照着自己的形象造了男人和女人。 28 上帝赐福给他们,对他们说:“你们要生养众多,遍布地面,治理大地,管理海里的鱼、空中的鸟以及地上的各种动物。” 29 上帝对人说:“看啊,我把地上所有结种子的菜蔬和所有树上有籽的果子都赐给你们作食物。 30 我把植物赐给所有地上的走兽、空中的飞鸟及地上的爬虫作食物。”果然如此。 31 上帝看了,感到非常满意。晚上过去,早晨到来,这是第六天。

Notas al pie

  1. 1:5 这是第一天”或译“这是一天”。