The Account of Creation
1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.[a] 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.
6 Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” 7 And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. 8 God called the space “sky.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.
9 Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened. 10 God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened. 12 The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
13 And evening passed and morning came, marking the third day.
14 Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. 15 Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. 16 God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, 18 to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.
20 Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”
23 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.
24 Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. 25 God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings[b] in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth,[c] and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
27 So God created human beings[d] in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. 30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.
31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!
And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.
Chiyambi cha Chilengedwe
1Pachiyambi Mulungu analenga kumwamba ndi dziko lapansi. 2 Dziko lapansi linali losakonzedwa ndi lopanda kanthu. Mdima wandiweyani unakuta nyanja ndipo Mzimu wa Mulungu unkayendayenda pamwamba pa madziwo.
3 Pamenepo Mulungu anati, “Kuwale” ndipo kunawaladi. 4 Mulungu anaona kuti kuwalako kunali bwino ndipo Iye analekanitsa kuwala ndi mdima. 5 Mulungu anatcha kuwalako “usana” ndipo mdima anawutcha “usiku.” Ndipo panali madzulo ndiponso mmawa pa tsiku loyamba.
6 Kenaka Mulungu anati, “Pakhale thambo pakati pa madzi kuti lilekanitse madzi a mʼmwamba ndi madzi a pansi.” 7 Ndipo Mulungu anapanga thambo nalekanitsa madzi amene anali pansi ndi pamwamba pa thambo lija, ndipo zinachitikadi. 8 Mulungu anatcha thambo lija “kumwamba.” Ndipo panali madzulo ndiponso mmawa pa tsiku lachiwiri.
9 Mulungu anati, “Madzi a pansi pa thambo asonkhane pa malo amodzi kuti mtunda uwoneke,” ndipo zinachitikadi. 10 Mulungu anawutcha mtundawo “dziko,” madzi osonkhana pamodziwo anawatcha “nyanja.” Ndipo Mulungu anaona kuti zinali bwino.
11 Kenaka Mulungu anati, “Dziko libereke zomera zobala mbewu, mitengo yobala zipatso za mbewu, molingana ndi mitundu yake.” Ndipo zinachitikadi. 12 Dziko linabereka zomera zokhala ndi mbewu monga mwa mitundu yake ndi mitengo yokhala ndi zipatso za mbewu mʼkati mwake monga mwa mitundu yake. Ndipo Mulungu anaona kuti zinali bwino. 13 Ndipo panali madzulo ndiponso mmawa pa tsiku lachitatu.
14 Mulungu anati, “Pakhale zowunikira kuthambo kuti zilekanitse usana ndi usiku. Ndipo zimenezi zikhale zizindikiro zoonetsa nyengo, masiku ndi zaka; 15 zikhale kuthambo kuti ziwunikire pa dziko lapansi. Ndipo zinachitikadi.” 16 Mulungu anapanga zowunikira zazikulu ziwiri; chachikulu chilamulire usana ndi chachingʼono chilamulire usiku. Iye anapanganso nyenyezi. 17 Mulungu anaziyika mlengalenga kuti ziziwunikira pa dziko lapansi, 18 kuti zilamulire usana ndi usiku, ndi kuti zilekanitse kuwala ndi mdima. Mulungu anaona kuti zinali bwino. 19 Ndipo panali madzulo ndiponso mmawa pa tsiku lachinayi.
20 Mulungu anati, “Mʼmadzi mukhale zamoyo zochuluka ndipo mbalame ziwuluke mlengalenga pamwamba pa dziko lapansi.” 21 Choncho Mulungu analenga zamoyo zikuluzikulu za mʼnyanja ndi chamoyo chamtundu uliwonse chokhala mʼmadzi ndi mbalame iliyonse ya mapiko monga mwa mtundu wake. Mulungu anaona kuti zinali bwino. 22 Mulungu anazidalitsa nati, “Muswane, ndi kudzaza mʼmadzi a mʼnyanja, ndipo mbalame zichuluke pa dziko lapansi.” 23 Ndipo panali madzulo ndiponso mmawa pa tsiku lachisanu.
24 Kenaka Mulungu anati, “Dziko lapansi litulutse zolengedwa zamoyo monga mwa mitundu yawo: ziweto, zolengedwa zokwawa ndi nyama zakuthengo, iliyonse monga mwa mtundu wake.” Ndipo zinaterodi. 25 Mulungu anapanga nyama zakuthengo monga mwa mitundu yawo, nyama zoweta monga mwa mitundu yawo ndi nyama zokwawa monga mwa mitundu yawo. Ndipo Mulungu anaona kuti zinali bwino.
26 Zitatha izi Mulungu anati, “Tipange munthu mʼchifanizo chathu, mofanana ndi ife kuti alamulire nsomba za mʼnyanja, mbalame zamlengalenga, nyama zonse zoweta ndi zonse zokwawa za pa dziko lapansi ndi zamoyo zonse zakutchire.”
27 Ndipo Mulungu analenga munthu mʼchifanizo chake.
Anawalengadi mʼchifanizo cha Mulungu;
analenga iwo, mwamuna ndi mkazi.
28 Mulungu anawadalitsa nati kwa iwo, “Muberekane, muchulukane, mudzaze dziko lapansi ndipo muligonjetse. Mulamulire nsomba zamʼnyanja, mbalame zamlengalenga ndi cholengedwa chamoyo chilichonse chimene chimayenda mokwawa pa dziko lapansi.”
29 Kenaka Mulungu anati, “Ine ndakupatsani chomera chilichonse cha pa dziko lapansi chimene chili ndi mbewu komanso mtengo uliwonse wobala zipatso zokhala ndi mbewu mʼkati mwake kuti zikhale chakudya chanu. 30 Ndaperekanso msipu kwa nyama zonse za pa dziko lapansi ndi kwa mbalame zamlengalenga ndi kwa cholengedwa chamoyo chilichonse chimene chimakwawa, chilichonse chimene chili ndi moyo.” Ndipo zinachitikadi.
31 Mulungu anaona zonse zimene anazilenga kuti zinali zabwino kwambiri. Ndipo panali madzulo ndiponso mmawa, tsiku lachisanu ndi chimodzi.