New International Reader's Version

Genesis 1:1-31

The Beginning

1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth didn’t have any shape. And it was empty. There was darkness over the surface of the waves. At that time, the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

3God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light. 4God saw that the light was good. He separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light “day.” He called the darkness “night.” There was evening, and there was morning. It was day one.

6God said, “Let there be a huge space between the waters. Let it separate water from water.” 7And that’s exactly what happened. God made the huge space between the waters. He separated the water under the space from the water above it. 8God called the huge space “sky.” There was evening, and there was morning. It was day two.

9God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place. Let dry ground appear.” And that’s exactly what happened. 10God called the dry ground “land.” He called all the water that was gathered together “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

11Then God said, “Let the land produce plants. Let them produce their own seeds. And let there be trees on the land that grow fruit with seeds in it. Let each kind of plant or tree have its own kind of seeds.” And that’s exactly what happened. 12So the land produced plants. Each kind of plant had its own kind of seeds. And the land produced trees that grew fruit with seeds in it. Each kind of tree had its own kind of seeds. God saw that it was good. 13There was evening, and there was morning. It was day three.

14God said, “Let there be lights in the huge space of the sky. Let them separate the day from the night. Let the lights set the times for the holy celebrations and the days and the years. 15Let them be lights in the huge space of the sky to give light on the earth.” And that’s exactly what happened. 16God made two great lights. He made the larger light to rule over the day and the smaller light to rule over the night. He also made the stars. 17God put the lights in the huge space of the sky to give light on the earth. 18He put them there to rule over the day and the night. He put them there to separate light from darkness. God saw that it was good. 19There was evening, and there was morning. It was day four.

20God said, “Let the seas be filled with living things. Let birds fly above the earth across the huge space of the sky.” 21So God created the great sea creatures. He created every kind of living thing that fills the seas and moves about in them. He created every kind of bird that flies. And God saw that it was good. 22God blessed them. He said, “Have little ones so that there will be many of you. Fill the water in the seas. Let there be more and more birds on the earth.” 23There was evening, and there was morning. It was day five.

24God said, “Let the land produce every kind of living creature. Let there be livestock, and creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals.” And that’s exactly what happened. 25God made every kind of wild animal. He made every kind of livestock. He made every kind of creature that moves along the ground. And God saw that it was good.

26Then God said, “Let us make human beings so that they are like us. Let them rule over the fish in the seas and the birds in the sky. Let them rule over the livestock and all the wild animals. And let them rule over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27So God created human beings in his own likeness.

He created them to be like himself.

He created them as male and female.

28God blessed them. He said to them, “Have children so that there will be many of you. Fill the earth and bring it under your control. Rule over the fish in the seas and the birds in the sky. Rule over every living creature that moves along the ground.”

29Then God said, “I am giving you every plant on the face of the whole earth that produces its own seeds. I am giving you every tree that has fruit with seeds in it. All of them will be given to you for food. 30I am giving every green plant as food for all the land animals and for all the birds in the sky. I am also giving the plants to all the creatures that move along the ground. I am giving them to every living thing that breathes.” And that’s exactly what happened.

31God saw everything he had made. And it was very good. There was evening, and there was morning. It was day six.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 1:1-31

Adebɔ Mfiase

1Mfiase no Onyankopɔn bɔɔ ɔsoro ne asase. 2Na asase yɛ basaa a na ɛda mpan, na sum kata bun no ani, na Onyankopɔn Honhom butuw nsu no ani.

3Onyankopɔn hyɛe se, “Ɛnyɛ hann,” na ɛyɛɛ hann. 4Onyankopɔn huu sɛ hann no ye, na ɔtew hann no fii sum no ho. 5Onyankopɔn frɛɛ hann no se, “adekyee,” na sum no nso se, “adesae.” Ade sae na ade kyee, da a edi kan ne no.

6Onyankopɔn kae se, “Nkyemu mmra nsu no ntam, na ɛnkyekyɛ nsu no mu.” 7Enti Onyankopɔn yɛɛ nkyɛmu no, de kyekyɛɛ nsu a ɛwɔ nkyɛmu no ase fii nsu a ɛwɔ nkyɛmu no atifi no mu. Na ɛyɛɛ saa. 8Onyankopɔn too atifi nkyɛmu no din wim. Na ade sae, na ade kyee; eyi ne da a ɛto so abien.

9Na Onyankopɔn kae se, “Nsu a ɛwɔ nkyɛmu no ase no ano mmoa wɔ faako, na asase kesee nna ne ho adi.” Na ɛyɛɛ saa. 10Onyankopɔn too beae kesee ne din “asase.” Na nsu a ɛboaa ne ho ano no nso, ɔtoo no din “ɛpo.” Onyankopɔn hui sɛ eye.

11Afei Onyankopɔn kae se, “Afifide mfifi wɔ asase so; afifide a ɛsow aba, nnuaba ahorow a ɛsow aba ne nea nʼaba hyehyɛ mu nyinaa mfifi wɔ asase so.” Na ɛyɛɛ saa. 12Afifide a ɛsow aba ne nnua fifii wɔ asase so na nʼaba no nyin yɛɛ nnua ne afifide sɛ ne sɛso. Onyankopɔn hui sɛ eye. 13Na ade sae, na ade kyee. Eyi ne da a ɛto so abiɛsa.

14Na Onyankopɔn kae se, “Hann mmra nkyɛmu a ɛwɔ wim no mu, na ɛmmɛpae adekyee ne adesae mu. Na ɛmmɛyɛ nnyinaso mma bere nkyekyɛmu, nna ne mfe, 15na ɛmma hann mmra nkyɛmu a ɛwɔ wim no mu, na ahyerɛn wɔ asase so.” Na ɛyɛɛ saa. 16Onyankopɔn yɛɛ akanea akɛse abien a ɛyɛ owia ne ɔsram sɛ, owia no nni adekyee so na ɔsram no nni anadwo so. Ɔbɔɔ nsoromma nso. 17Onyankopɔn de akanea akɛse abien yi sii nkyɛmu a ɛwɔ wim no mu sɛ ɛnhyerɛn wɔ asase so, 18na wonni adekyee ne adesae no so, na ɛntew hann no mfi sum no ho. Na Onyankopɔn hui sɛ eye. 19Na ade sae, na ade kyee. Da a ɛto so anan ne no.

20Onyankopɔn kae se, “Abɔde a nkwa wɔ mu nhyɛ nsu no ma, na nnomaa ntu mfa asase ne nkyɛmu a ɛwɔ wim no so.” 21Enti Onyankopɔn bɔɔ po mu mmoa akɛse ne mmoa ahorow nyinaa a wɔwɔ nkwa na wɔkeka wɔn ho ne nnomaa ahorow nyinaa. Na Onyankopɔn hui sɛ eye. 22Onyankopɔn hyiraa abɔde no nyinaa so, kae se, “Monwo na monyɛ bebree na monhyɛ po no mu nsu no ma, na nnomaa ase ntrɛw wɔ asase so.” 23Na ade sae, na ade kyee. Da a ɛto so anum ne no.

24Onyankopɔn kae se, “Abɔde a nkwa wɔ mu ahorow nyinaa ne wɔn sɛso, anantwi ne mmoa a wɔwea wɔn afuru so ne mmoa ahorow a wɔyɛ keka a wɔwɔ asase so nyinaa mmra asase so.” Na ɛyɛɛ saa. 25Onyankopɔn bɔɔ mmoa ahorow, anantwi ahorow ne wɔn sɛso ne mmoa a wɔwea wɔn afuru so ne wɔn sɛso. Na Onyankopɔn hui sɛ eye.

26Onyankopɔn kae se, “Momma yɛmmɔ onipa sɛ yɛn sɛso, na onni po mu mpataa, wim nnomaa, anantwi ne mmoa a wɔyɛ keka ne biribiara a ɛwea nʼafuru so wɔ asase so no so.”

27Enti Onyankopɔn bɔɔ onipa sɛ ne sɛso;

Onyankopɔn sɛso so na ɔbɔɔ wɔn;

ɔbarima ne ɔbea na ɔbɔɔ wɔn.

28Onyankopɔn hyiraa wɔn, ka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Monwo na monyɛ asase so ma, na munni biribiara so. Munni po mu mpataa ne wim nnomaa ne abɔde biara a nkwa wɔ mu a ɛwɔ asase so no nyinaa so.”

29Afei Onyankopɔn kae se, “Mede asase so afifide a ɛsow aba nyinaa, afifide biara a aba hyɛ ne nnuaba mu wɔ asase yi so nyinaa hyɛ wo nsa. Ɛbɛyɛ wʼaduan. 30Mede nhabammono nyinaa ama aboa biara a ɔwɔ asase so, anomaa biara a ɔwɔ wim, biribiara a ɛwea nʼafuru so, biribiara a nkwa wɔ mu wɔ asase so sɛ wɔn aduan.” Na ɛyɛɛ saa.

31Onyankopɔn hwɛɛ nea wayɛ nyinaa huu sɛ ɛyɛ papa. Na ade sae, na ade kyee. Eyi ne da a ɛto so asia.