New International Reader's Version

Genesis 1

The Beginning

1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The 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.

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

God said, “Let there be a huge space between the waters. Let it separate water from water.” And 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. God called the huge space “sky.” There was evening, and there was morning. It was day two.

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

11 Then 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. 12 So 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. 13 There was evening, and there was morning. It was day three.

14 God 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. 15 Let them be lights in the huge space of the sky to give light on the earth.” And that’s exactly what happened. 16 God 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. 17 God put the lights in the huge space of the sky to give light on the earth. 18 He 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. 19 There was evening, and there was morning. It was day four.

20 God said, “Let the seas be filled with living things. Let birds fly above the earth across the huge space of the sky.” 21 So 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. 22 God 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.” 23 There was evening, and there was morning. It was day five.

24 God 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. 25 God 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.

26 Then 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.”

27 So God created human beings in his own likeness.
    He created them to be like himself.
    He created them as male and female.

28 God 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.”

29 Then 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. 30 I 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.

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

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Hvordan Gud skaber universet

1I begyndelsen skabte Gud himlen og jorden. Jorden var øde og tom, og urdybet lå hen i totalt mørke, men Guds Ånd svævede over de mørke vande.

Så sagde Gud: „Der skal blive lys!” og lyset blev til. Gud glædede sig over lyset, og han satte skel mellem lyset og mørket. Lyset kaldte han dag, og mørket kaldte han nat. Så blev det aften og derefter morgen. Det var den første dag.

Så sagde Gud: „Der skal være en hvælving midt i alt vandet til at dele det.” Og Gud dannede en hvælving, så vandet ovenfor den blev adskilt fra vandet nedenfor den. Hvælvingen kaldte han himmel. Så blev det aften og derefter morgen. Det var den anden dag.

Dernæst sagde Gud: „Vandet under himmelhvælvingen skal samle sig, så det tørre land kommer til syne.” Og sådan skete det. 10 Det tørre land kaldte han jord, og de steder, hvor vandet var, kaldte han hav; og Gud glædede sig over sit værk.

11 Derpå sagde Gud: „Grønne planter, der bærer frø, skal spire frem af jorden, og frugttræer, som bærer frugt med kerner, skal vokse op, så de kan formere sig, hver efter sin art.” Og sådan blev det. 12 Op af jorden spirede grønne planter, som bar frø, og træer, som bar frugt med kerner, hver efter sin art. Og Gud glædede sig over sit værk. 13 Så blev det aften og derefter morgen. Det var den tredje dag.

14-15 Så sagde Gud: „Der skal være lys på himmelhvælvingen, som sætter skel mellem dag og nat, og som markerer årstidernes skiften og festdagenes begyndelse.” Og sådan blev det. 16 Gud frembragte to store lys på himlen til at skinne på jorden, det største lys, solen, til at herske om dagen, og det mindre, månen, til at herske om natten sammen med stjernerne. 17 Han satte dem på himmelhvælvingen til at lyse på jorden, 18 til at sætte skel mellem dagen og natten. Og han glædede sig over sit værk. 19 Så blev det aften og derefter morgen. Det var den fjerde dag.

20 Dernæst sagde Gud: „Vandet skal vrimle med fisk og andet liv, og der skal være et mylder af fugle i luften.” Og sådan blev det. 21 Gud skabte de store havdyr og en mangfoldighed af fisk og fugle; og han glædede sig over sit værk. 22 Han velsignede dem og sagde: „Formér jer og bliv mange. Fiskene skal fylde havene, og fuglene skal fylde luften.” 23 Så blev det aften og derefter morgen. Det var den femte dag.

24 Derpå sagde Gud: „Af jorden skal der fremstå alle slags dyr—kvæg, krybdyr og alle mulige vilde dyr.” Og sådan blev det. 25 Gud dannede alle slags vilde dyr, krybdyr og husdyr, alle i stand til at formere sig, hver efter sin art; og Gud glædede sig over sit værk.

26 Så sagde Gud: „Lad os frembringe et levende væsen, der ligner os. Det skal herske over alt dyrelivet—fiskene i havet, fuglene i luften og de tamme og vilde dyr på jorden.” 27 Da skabte Gud to mennesker, som lignede ham. De blev skabt som mand og kvinde. 28 Gud velsignede dem og sagde: „Formér jer og bliv mange, bred jer over hele jorden og tag den i besiddelse! Hersk over fiskene, fuglene og alle de andre dyr på jorden.” 29 Gud fortsatte: „Se! Jeg giver jer alle de frøbærende planter på jorden som føde, og I må også spise frugt fra de mange frugttræer. 30 Jeg giver græsset og alt grønt til føde for dyrene og fuglene.” Og sådan blev det. 31 Gud betragtede nu hele sit skaberværk, og han var ovenud tilfreds med det. Så blev det aften og derefter morgen. Det var den sjette dag.