The Message

Genesis 1

Heaven and Earth

11-2 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.

6-8 God spoke: “Sky! In the middle of the waters;
        separate water from water!”
    God made sky.
    He separated the water under sky
        from the water above sky.
    And there it was:
        he named sky the Heavens;
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Two.

9-10 God spoke: “Separate!
        Water-beneath-Heaven, gather into one place;
    Land, appear!”
        And there it was.
    God named the land Earth.
        He named the pooled water Ocean.
    God saw that it was good.

11-13 God spoke: “Earth, green up! Grow all varieties
        of seed-bearing plants,
    Every sort of fruit-bearing tree.”
        And there it was.
    Earth produced green seed-bearing plants,
        all varieties,
    And fruit-bearing trees of all sorts.
        God saw that it was good.
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Three.

14-15 God spoke: “Lights! Come out!
        Shine in Heaven’s sky!
    Separate Day from Night.
        Mark seasons and days and years,
    Lights in Heaven’s sky to give light to Earth.”
        And there it was.

16-19 God made two big lights, the larger
        to take charge of Day,
    The smaller to be in charge of Night;
        and he made the stars.
    God placed them in the heavenly sky
        to light up Earth
    And oversee Day and Night,
        to separate light and dark.
    God saw that it was good.
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Four.

20-23 God spoke: “Swarm, Ocean, with fish and all sea life!
        Birds, fly through the sky over Earth!”
    God created the huge whales,
        all the swarm of life in the waters,
    And every kind and species of flying birds.
        God saw that it was good.
    God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Ocean!
        Birds, reproduce on Earth!”
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Five.

24-25 God spoke: “Earth, generate life! Every sort and kind:
        cattle and reptiles and wild animals—all kinds.”
    And there it was:
        wild animals of every kind,
    Cattle of all kinds, every sort of reptile and bug.
        God saw that it was good.

26-28 God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
        reflecting our nature
    So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
        the birds in the air, the cattle,
    And, yes, Earth itself,
        and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
    God created human beings;
        he created them godlike,
    Reflecting God’s nature.
        He created them male and female.
    God blessed them:
        “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
    Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
        for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

29-30 Then God said, “I’ve given you
        every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth
    And every kind of fruit-bearing tree,
        given them to you for food.
    To all animals and all birds,
        everything that moves and breathes,
    I give whatever grows out of the ground for food.”
        And there it was.

31 God looked over everything he had made;
        it was so good, so very good!
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Six.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

創世記 1:1-31


1太初,上帝創造了天地。 2那時,大地空虛混沌,還沒有成形,黑暗籠罩著深淵,上帝的靈運行在水面上。 3上帝說:「要有光!」就有了光。 4上帝看光是好的,就把光和暗分開, 5稱光為晝,稱暗為夜。晚上過去,早晨到來,這是第一天1·5 這是第一天」或譯「這是一天」。6上帝說:「水與水之間要有穹蒼,把水分開。」 7果然如此。上帝開闢了穹蒼,用穹蒼將水上下分開。 8上帝稱穹蒼為天空。晚上過去,早晨到來,這是第二天。

9上帝說:「天空下面的水要聚在一處,使乾地露出來。」果然如此。 10上帝稱乾地為陸地,稱水匯聚的地方為海洋。上帝看了,感到滿意。 11上帝說:「陸地要長出植物——各類結種子的菜蔬和結果子的樹木,果子內都有籽。」果然如此, 12陸地長出了植物——各類結種子的菜蔬和結果子的樹木,果子內都有籽。上帝看了,感到滿意。 13晚上過去,早晨到來,這是第三天。

14上帝說:「天空要有光體,以區分晝夜,作記號,定節令,計算年日, 15發光普照大地。」果然如此。 16上帝造了兩個大光體,較大的管白晝,較小的管黑夜,又造了星辰。 17上帝把這些光體擺列在天空,讓它們發光普照大地, 18管理晝夜,分開明暗。上帝看了,感到滿意。 19晚上過去,早晨到來,這是第四天。

20上帝說:「水中要充滿各種動物,空中要有禽鳥飛翔。」 21上帝就造了海中的大魚等各類水族和各類禽鳥。上帝看了,感到滿意。 22上帝賜福給這一切生物,說:「水族要生養繁殖,充滿海洋,禽鳥也要在地上多多地繁殖。」 23晚上過去,早晨到來,這是第五天。 24上帝說:「大地要繁衍各類動物——各類的牲畜、爬蟲和野獸。」果然如此。 25上帝造了各類的野獸、牲畜和爬蟲。上帝看了,感到滿意。


26上帝說:「我們要照著我們的形像,按著我們的樣子造人,讓他們管理海裡的魚、空中的鳥和地上的牲畜及一切爬蟲。」 27上帝就照著自己的形像造了人,祂照著自己的形像造了男人和女人。 28上帝賜福給他們,對他們說:「你們要生養眾多,遍佈地面,治理大地,管理海裡的魚、空中的鳥以及地上的各種動物。」 29上帝對人說:「看啊,我把地上所有結種子的菜蔬和所有樹上有籽的果子都賜給你們作食物。 30我把植物賜給所有地上的走獸、空中的飛鳥及地上的爬蟲作食物。」果然如此。 31上帝看了,感到非常滿意。晚上過去,早晨到來,這是第六天。