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.

New Amharic Standard Version

ዘፍጥረት 1:1-31

የፍጥረት አጀማመር

1በመጀመሪያ እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም) ሰማያትንና ምድርን ፈጠረ። 2ምድርም ቅርጽ የለሽና ባዶ ነበረች።1፥2 ወይም ሆነች የምድርን ጥልቅ ስፍራ ሁሉ ጨለማ ውጦት ነበር። የእግዚአብሔርም (ኤሎሂም) መንፈስ በውሆች ላይ ይረብብ ነበር።

3ከዚያም እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም) “ብርሃን ይሁን” አለ፤ ብርሃንም ሆነ። 4እግዚአብሔርም (ኤሎሂም) ብርሃኑ መልካም እንደሆነ አየ፤ ብርሃኑን ከጨለማ ለየ። 5እግዚአብሔርም (ኤሎሂም) ብርሃኑን “ቀን”፣ ጨለማውን “ሌሊት” ብሎ ጠራው። መሸ፤ ነጋም፤ የመጀመሪያ ቀን።

6እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም)፣ “ውሃን ከውሃ የሚለይ ጠፈር በውሆች መካከል ይሁን” አለ። 7ስለዚህ እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም) ጠፈርን አድርጎ ከጠፈሩ በላይና ከጠፈሩ በታች ያለውን ውሃ ለየ፤ እንዳለውም ሆነ። 8እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም) ጠፈርን “ሰማይ” ብሎ ጠራው። መሸ፤ ነጋም፤ ሁለተኛ ቀን።

9ከዚያም እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም)፣ “ከሰማይ በታች ያለው ውሃ በአንድ ስፍራ ይከማች፤ ደረቁ ምድር ይገለጥ” አለ፤ እንዳለውም ሆነ። 10እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም) ደረቁን ምድር፣ “የብስ”፣ በአንድነት የተሰበሰበውን ውሃ፣ “ባሕር” ብሎ ጠራው። እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም) ይህ መልካም እንደሆነ አየ።

11እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም)፣ “ምድር ዕፀዋትንም፣ እንደየወገናቸው ዘር የሚሰጡ ተክሎችንና በምድር ላይ ዘር ያዘሉ ፍሬ የሚያፈሩ ዛፎችን እንደየወገናቸው ታብቅል” አለ፤ እንዳለውም ሆነ። 12ምድር ዕፀዋትን፣ እንደየወገናቸው ዘር የሚሰጡ ተክሎችንና በውስጣቸው ዘር ያለባቸው ፍሬ የሚያፈሩትን ዛፎች በየወገኑ አበቀለች። እግዚአብሔርም (ኤሎሂም) ይህ መልካም እንደሆነ አየ። 13መሸ፤ ነጋም፤ ሦስተኛ ቀን።

14ከዚያም እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም)፣ “ቀኑን ከሌሊት እንዲለዩ፣ የዓመት ወቅቶች፣ ቀናትና ዓመታት የሚጀምሩበትንም እንዲያመለክቱ፣ 15ለምድር ብርሃን የሚሰጡ ልዩ ልዩ ብርሃናት በሰማይ ይሁኑ” አለ፤ እንዳለውም ሆነ። 16እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም)፣ ለምድር ብርሃን ይሰጡ ዘንድ ሁለት ታላላቅ ብርሃናት አደረገ፤ ታላቁ ብርሃን በቀን እንዲሠለጥን፣ ታናሹ ብርሃን በሌሊት እንዲሠለጥን አደረገ። እንዲሁም ከዋክብትን አደረገ። 17ለምድር ብርሃን እንዲሰጡ እነዚህን በሰማይ ጠፈር አኖራቸው። 18ይኸውም በቀንና በሌሊት እንዲሠለጥኑ፣ ብርሃንን ከጨለማ እንዲለዩ ነው። እግዚአብሔርም (ኤሎሂም) ይህ መልካም እንደሆነ አየ። 19መሸ፤ ነጋም፣ አራተኛ ቀን።

20እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም)፣ “ውሆች ሕይወት ባላቸው በሕያዋን ፍጡራን ይሞሉ፤ ወፎች ከምድር በላይ በሰማይ ጠፈር ይብረሩ” አለ። 21በዚህ መሠረት፣ እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም) በባሕር ውስጥ የሚኖሩ ታላላቅ ፍጡራንን፣ በውሃ ውስጥ የሚርመሰመሱ ሕይወት ያላቸውን ነገሮች ሁሉ እንደየወገናቸው እንዲሁም ክንፍ ያላቸውን ወፎች ሁሉ እንደየወገናቸው ፈጠረ፤ እግዚአብሔርም (ኤሎሂም) ይህ መልካም እንደሆነ አየ። 22እግዚአብሔርም (ኤሎሂም)፣ “ብዙ ተባዙ፤ የባሕርንም ውሃ ሙሏት፤ ወፎችም በምድር ላይ ይብዙ” ብሎ ባረካቸው። 23መሸ፤ ነጋም፤ አምስተኛ ቀን።

24እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም)፣ “ምድር ሕያዋን ፍጡራንን እንደየወገናቸው፣ ከብቶችን፣ በምድር ላይ የሚሳቡ ፍጡራንንና የዱር እንስሳትን እያንዳንዱን እንደ ወገኑ ታስገኝ” አለ፤ እንዳለውም ሆነ። 25እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም) የዱር እንስሳትን እንደየወገናቸው፣ ከብቶችን እንደየወገናቸው፣ እንዲሁም በምድር ላይ የሚሳቡ ፍጡራንን እንደየወገናቸው አደረገ። እግዚአብሔርም (ኤሎሂም) ይህ መልካም እንደሆነ አየ።

26እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም)፣ “ሰውን በመልካችን፣ በአምሳላችን እንሥራ፤ በባሕር ዓሦች፣ በሰማይ ወፎች፣ በከብቶች፣ በምድር1፥26 ዕብራይስጡም እንደዚሁ ሲሆን ሱርስቱ ግን የዱር እንስሳት ሁሉይለዋል። ሁሉ ላይ፣ እንዲሁም በምድር በሚሳቡ ፍጡራን ሁሉ ላይ ሥልጣን ይኑራቸው” አለ።

27ስለዚህ እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም) ሰውን በራሱ መልክ ፈጠረው፤

በእግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም) መልክ ፈጠረው፤

ወንድና ሴት አድርጎ ፈጠራቸው።

28እግዚአብሔርም (ኤሎሂም)፣ “ብዙ ተባዙ፤ ምድርን ሙሏት፤ ግዟትም፤ የባሕርን ዓሦች፣ የሰማይን ወፎች፣ እንዲሁም በምድር ላይ የሚንቀሳቀሱትን ሕያዋን ፍጡራንን ሁሉ ግዟቸው” ብሎ ባረካቸው።

29እግዚአብሔርም (ኤሎሂም)፣ እንዲህ አለ፤ “በምድር ላይ ያሉትን ዘር የሚሰጡ ተክሎችን ሁሉ፣ በፍሬያቸው ውስጥ ዘር ያለባቸውን ዛፎች ሁሉ ምግብ ይሆኑላችሁ ዘንድ ሰጥቻችኋለሁ። 30እንዲሁም ለምድር አራዊት ሁሉ፣ ለሰማይ ወፎች ሁሉ፣ በምድር ላይ ለሚንቀሳቀሱ ሕያዋን ፍጡራን ሁሉ ማንኛውም ለምለም ተክል ምግብ እንዲሆናቸው ሰጥቻለሁ” እንዳለውም ሆነ።

31እግዚአብሔርም (ኤሎሂም) ያደረገውን ሁሉ አየ፤ እነሆም፣ እጅግ መልካም ነበረ። መሸ፤ ነጋም፤ ስድስተኛ ቀን።