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.

Holy Bible in Gĩkũyũ

Kĩambĩrĩria 1:1-31

11:1 Thab 102:25; Joh 1:1-3; Isa 40:21; Ayub 9:8; Thab 96:5; 104:2Kĩambĩrĩria-inĩ kĩa maũndũ mothe, Ngai nĩombire igũrũ na thĩ. 21:2 Thab 36:6; Thab 104:30; Isa 32:15; Jer 4:23Hĩndĩ ĩyo thĩ ndĩarĩ ũrĩa yatariĩ na ndĩarĩ na kĩndũ, nayo nduma yarĩ igũrũ rĩa kũrĩa kũriku, nake Roho wa Ngai aareerete igũrũ rĩa maaĩ.

31:3 Thab 33:6, 9; 2Akor 4:6; Ahib 11:3Nake Ngai agĩathana, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Nĩkũgĩe ũtheri,” na gũkĩgĩa ũtheri. 41:4 Jer 31:35; Thab 104:31; Isa 42:16; 45:7Ngai akĩona atĩ ũtheri ũcio warĩ mwega, nake akĩgayũkania ũtheri na nduma. 51:5 Thab 74:16; Kĩam 1:19, 23Ngai agĩĩta ũtheri ũcio “mũthenya,” nayo nduma akĩmĩĩta “ũtukũ.” Na gũkĩgĩa hwaĩ-inĩ, na gũkĩgĩa rũciinĩ. Ũcio ũgĩtuĩka mũthenya wa mbere.

61:6 Isa 44:24; 2Pet 3:5; Thab 24:2; 136:6Nake Ngai agĩathana, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Nĩkũgĩe wariĩ mũnene gatagatĩ ka maaĩ ũgayũkanie maaĩ na marĩa mangĩ.” 71:7 Kĩam 7:11; Thim 8:28; Ayub 26:10; 38:8-11Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Ngai agĩĩkĩra wariĩ ũcio na akĩgayũkania maaĩ marĩa maarĩ thĩ ya wariĩ ũcio na maaĩ marĩa maarĩ igũrũ rĩaguo. Na gũgĩtuĩka o ũguo. 81:8 Ayub 9:8; Isa 40:22Ngai agĩĩta wariĩ ũcio “matu mairũ.” Na gũkĩgĩa hwaĩ-inĩ na gũkĩgĩa rũciinĩ. Ũcio ũgĩtuĩka mũthenya wa keerĩ.

91:9 Jer 5:22; 2Pet 3:5Nake Ngai agĩathana, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Maaĩ marĩa marĩ thĩ ya matu mairũ nĩ mongane handũ hamwe na kũgĩe thĩ nyũmũ.” Na gũgĩtuĩka o ũguo. 101:10 Thab 33:7; Ayub 38:8; Thab 90:2; 95:5Ngai agĩĩta kũrĩa kũmũ “thĩ,” namo maaĩ marĩa maacookanĩrĩire akĩmeeta “maria.” Nake Ngai akĩona atĩ ũndũ ũcio warĩ mwega.

111:11 Thab 65:9; Kĩam 2:5Ningĩ Ngai agĩathana, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Thĩ nĩ ĩmere mĩmera: Mĩmera ĩrĩa ĩciaraga mbeũ, na mĩtĩ ĩrĩa ĩciaraga matunda marĩ na mbeũ thĩinĩ, kũringana na mĩthemba yayo.” Na gũgĩtuĩka o ũguo. 121:12 Kĩam 1:11Thĩ ĩkĩmera mĩmera: Mĩmera ĩgũciara mbeũ kũringana na mĩthemba yayo, na mĩtĩ ĩgũciara matunda marĩ na mbeũ thĩinĩ kũringana na mĩthemba yayo. Nake Ngai akĩona atĩ ũndũ ũcio warĩ mwega. 131:13 Kĩam 1:13Nakuo gũkĩgĩa hwaĩ-inĩ na gũkĩgĩa rũciinĩ. Ũcio ũgĩtuĩka mũthenya wa gatatũ.

141:14 Thab 74:16; Thab 104:19Ningĩ Ngai agĩathana, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Nĩkũgĩe imũrĩ wariĩ-inĩ wa matu mairũ cia kũgayũkania mũthenya na ũtukũ, na irekwo ituĩke imenyithania cia imera, na mĩthenya na mĩaka. 151:15 Kĩam 1:7Na ituĩke imũrĩ wariĩ-inĩ ũcio wa matu mairũ, itũmage thĩ kũgĩage na ũtheri.” Na gũgĩtuĩka o ũguo. 161:16 Thab 136:8; Isa 40:26Ngai nĩombire imũrĩ igĩrĩ nene. Kĩmũrĩ kĩrĩa kĩnenanene, nĩkĩo riũa, kĩarage mũthenya; nakĩo kĩmũrĩ kĩrĩa kĩninanini, nĩkĩo mweri, kĩarage ũtukũ. O na ningĩ akĩũmba njata. 17Ngai agĩciiga wariĩ-inĩ wa matu mairũ itũmage thĩ kũgĩe ũtheri, 181:18 Jer 33:20, 25ciarage mũthenya na ũtukũ, na igayũkanagie nduma na ũtheri. Nake Ngai akĩona atĩ ũndũ ũcio warĩ mwega. 191:19 Kĩam 1:5Na gũkĩgĩa hwaĩ-inĩ na gũkĩgĩa rũciinĩ. Ũcio ũgĩtuĩka mũthenya wa kana.

201:20 Thab 146:6; Kĩam 2:19Ningĩ Ngai agĩathana, akiuga atĩrĩ: “Maaĩ nĩmaiyũrwo nĩ ciũmbe irĩ muoyo, nacio nyoni nĩciũmbũkagĩre igũrũ rĩa thĩ gũtuĩkania wariĩ wa matu mairũ.” 211:21 Thab 148:7; Ezek 32:2Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Ngai akĩũmba ciũmbe iria nene cia iria-inĩ na kĩũmbe o gĩothe kĩrĩ muoyo na kĩongoyaga, ikĩiyũra maaĩ-inĩ kũringana na mĩthemba yacio, na nyoni o yothe ĩrĩ mathagu kũringana na mũthemba wayo. Nake Ngai akĩona atĩ ũndũ ũcio warĩ mwega. 221:22 Kĩam 8:17; Alaw 26:9Ngai agĩcirathima akiuga atĩrĩ, “Ciaranai mũingĩhe, mũiyũre maaĩ-inĩ marĩa marĩ maria-inĩ, nacio nyoni nĩcingĩhe thĩ.” 231:23 Kĩam 1:5Na gũkĩgĩa hwaĩ-inĩ na gũkĩgĩa rũciinĩ. Ũcio ũgĩtuĩka mũthenya wa gatano.

241:24 Kĩam 2:19; Kĩam 1:11Ningĩ Ngai agĩathana, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Thĩ nĩĩgĩe ciũmbe irĩ muoyo kũringana na mĩthemba yacio: mahiũ, na ciũmbe iria ithiiagĩra thĩ, na nyamũ cia gĩthaka, o nyamũ kũringana na mũthemba wayo.” Na gũgĩtuĩka o ũguo. 251:25 Jer 27:5; Kĩam 1:4Ngai akĩũmba nyamũ cia gĩthaka kũringana na mĩthemba yacio, na mahiũ kũringana na mĩthemba yamo, na ciũmbe ciothe iria ithiiagĩra thĩ kũringana na mĩthemba yacio. Nake Ngai akĩona atĩ ũndũ ũcio warĩ mwega.

261:26 Thab 100:3; Isa 45:18Ningĩ Ngai agĩathana, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Nĩtũũmbei andũ na mũhianĩre witũ, mahaanane na ithuĩ, nao maathage thamaki cia iria na nyoni cia rĩera-inĩ, na mahiũ ma thĩ yothe, na maathage ciũmbe ciothe iria ithiiagĩra thĩ.”

271:27 Kĩam 5:2; Math 19:4Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Ngai akĩũmba mũndũ

na mũhianĩre wake mwene,

akĩmũmba na mũhianĩre wa Ngai;

akĩmomba marĩ mũndũ mũrũme na mũndũ-wa-nja.

281:28 Kĩam 33:5; Josh 24:3; Thab 113:9; 127:3, 5Ngai akĩmarathima, akĩmeera atĩrĩ, “Ciaranai mũingĩhe, mũiyũre thĩ na mũmĩtoorie. Athagai thamaki cia iria na nyoni cia rĩera-inĩ, na mwathage ciũmbe ciothe irĩ muoyo iria ithiiagĩra thĩ.”

291:29 Kĩam 9:3; Thab 104:14Ningĩ Ngai akiuga atĩrĩ, “Nĩndamũhe mĩmera yothe ya thĩ ĩrĩa ĩciaraga mbeũ, na mũtĩ o wothe ũrĩa ũciaraga matunda marĩ mbeũ thĩinĩ. Ĩyo ĩgũtuĩka irio cianyu. 301:30 Kĩam 2:7; Thab 104:14Na kũrĩ nyamũ ciothe cia gũkũ thĩ, na nyoni ciothe cia rĩera-inĩ, o na ciũmbe ciothe iria ithiiagĩra thĩ, na kĩndũ o gĩothe kĩrĩ mĩhũmũ ya muoyo-rĩ, ndaacihe mĩmera mĩruru yothe ĩtuĩke irio ciacio.” Na gũgĩtuĩka o ũguo.

311:31 Thab 104:24; 1Tim 4:4Ngai akĩona atĩ kĩndũ kĩrĩa gĩothe oombĩte kĩarĩ kĩega mũno. Nakuo gũkĩgĩa hwaĩ-inĩ na gũkĩgĩa rũciinĩ. Ũcio ũgĩtuĩka mũthenya wa gatandatũ.