1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 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.
3 God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good. He separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day.” He called the darkness “night.” There was evening, and there was morning. It was day one.
6 God said, “Let there be a huge space between the waters. Let it separate water from water.” 7 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. 8 God called the huge space “sky.” There was evening, and there was morning. It was day two.
9 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.
1No princípio Deus criou o céu e a Terra. 2 Esta era de início um caos e como uma massa amorfa, com o Espírito de Deus planando sobre os vapores que enchiam as trevas.
3 Então Deus disse: “Haja luz!” E a luz apareceu. 4 Deus viu que a luz era boa e demarcou o aparecimento da luz em relação à escuridão. 5 Ao tempo durante o qual a luz brilhou chamou dia e à escuridão chamou noite. Essa sequência formou o primeiro dia.
6 E Deus disse: “Que os vapores se separem, deixando que haja uma atmosfera acima da terra e águas na sua superfície!” 7 Foi assim que Deus formou o firmamento e separou as águas que estão na Terra das que se encontram na atmosfera. 8 E Deus chamou a este firmamento céu. Foi a tarde e veio a manhã, era o segundo dia.
9 E disse mais: “Que as águas à superfície da Terra se juntem, formando mares e oceanos, deixando aparecer a parte seca!” E assim foi. 10 A essa parte seca emergindo entre as águas chamou-lhe terra e às águas mar. E Deus viu que isso era bom.
11-12 Disse Deus: “Que a terra produza toda a espécie de vegetação! Plantas que deem sementes, árvores que produzam frutos, frutos que contenham em si mesmos as sementes de acordo com a espécie donde vêm.” E assim foi. E Deus viu que tudo isso era bom. 13 Estas coisas deram-se ao terceiro dia.
14 Deus disse ainda: “Que no firmamento haja fontes de luz que iluminem a Terra e demarquem o dia e a noite! Servirão também para estabelecer a sucessão das estações e a sequência dos dias e dos anos.” 15-18 E assim aconteceu. Deus fez pois duas grandes fontes de luz: o Sol e a Lua para iluminarem a Terra. O Sol, maior, para dirigir o dia, e a Lua, mais pequena, para brilhar durante a noite. Deus fez também as estrelas. Foi assim que fixou essas fontes de luz no firmamento, para iluminarem a Terra, para determinarem os dias e as noites, para separarem a luz das trevas. E Deus viu que isso era bom. 19 Isto deu-se no quarto dia.
20 E disse mais: “Que as águas se encham de peixes e de várias espécies de vida! Que os céus também sejam atravessados por aves de toda a espécie!” 21 Foi assim que Deus criou os grandes animais marinhos e toda a qualidade de vida aquática, tal como toda a sorte de pássaros, os quais se haviam de reproduzir sempre segundo as suas espécies. E Deus viu que isso era bom. 22 E abençoou-os: “Multipliquem-se e encham os mares e as águas!” E aos pássaros e animais alados ordenou: “Que o vosso número aumente multiplicadamente, encham a Terra!” 23 E aconteceu isto no quinto dia.
24 Deus disse: “Que na terra apareça toda a qualidade de vida animal! Quadrúpedes, rastejantes, animais selvagens de toda a sorte, reproduzindo-se de acordo com a sua espécie.” E assim aconteceu. 25 Deus fez toda a qualidade de animais sobre a terra; cada um segundo a sua espécie. E viu que tudo quanto tinha feito era bom.
26 Disse mais Deus: “Façamos o homem, um ser semelhante a nós! Que ele domine sobre os peixes do mar e as aves do céu, sobre os animais domésticos e selvagens e sobre todas as criaturas que andam sobre a terra!”
27 Deus criou então o homem à sua imagem;
assim à imagem de Deus o criou.
Homem e mulher, assim os criou.
28 Deus abençoou-os e disse-lhes: “Multipliquem-se, encham a Terra, dominem-na e também toda a vida animal da terra, dos mares e dos ares! 29 Dou-vos todas as plantas que produzem sementes e toda a espécie de frutos para alimento. 30 A todos os animais dou igualmente como alimento a vida vegetal.” E foi assim que aconteceu.
31 Deus viu que tudo quanto tinha feito era muito bom. Assim, passou o sexto dia.