1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. 4God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light ‘day’, and the darkness he called ‘night’. And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day.
6And God said, ‘Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.’ 7So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8God called the vault ‘sky’. And there was evening, and there was morning – the second day.
9And God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.’ And it was so. 10God called the dry ground ‘land’, and the gathered waters he called ‘seas’. And God saw that it was good.
11Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so. 12The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening, and there was morning – the third day.
14And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.’ And it was so. 16God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19And there was evening, and there was morning – the fourth day.
20And God said, ‘Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.’ 21So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.’ 23And there was evening, and there was morning – the fifth day.
24And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.’ And it was so. 25God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
26Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,1:26 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text (see Syriac); Masoretic Text the earth and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’
27So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’
29Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.’ And it was so.
31God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.
1太初，上帝创造了天地。 2那时，大地空虚混沌，还没有成形，黑暗笼罩着深渊，上帝的灵运行在水面上。 3上帝说：“要有光！”就有了光。 4上帝看光是好的，就把光和暗分开， 5称光为昼，称暗为夜。晚上过去，早晨到来，这是第一天1:5 “这是第一天”或译“这是一天”。。 6上帝说：“水与水之间要有穹苍，把水分开。” 7果然如此。上帝开辟了穹苍，用穹苍将水上下分开。 8上帝称穹苍为天空。晚上过去，早晨到来，这是第二天。
9上帝说：“天空下面的水要聚在一处，使干地露出来。”果然如此。 10上帝称干地为陆地，称水汇聚的地方为海洋。上帝看了，感到满意。 11上帝说：“陆地要长出植物——各类结种子的菜蔬和结果子的树木，果子内都有籽。”果然如此， 12陆地长出了植物——各类结种子的菜蔬和结果子的树木，果子内都有籽。上帝看了，感到满意。 13晚上过去，早晨到来，这是第三天。
14上帝说：“天空要有光体，以区分昼夜，作记号，定节令，计算年日， 15发光普照大地。”果然如此。 16上帝造了两个大光体，较大的管白昼，较小的管黑夜，又造了星辰。 17上帝把这些光体摆列在天空，让它们发光普照大地， 18管理昼夜，分开明暗。上帝看了，感到满意。 19晚上过去，早晨到来，这是第四天。
20上帝说：“水中要充满各种动物，空中要有禽鸟飞翔。” 21上帝就造了海中的大鱼等各类水族和各类禽鸟。上帝看了，感到满意。 22上帝赐福给这一切生物，说：“水族要生养繁殖，充满海洋，禽鸟也要在地上多多地繁殖。” 23晚上过去，早晨到来，这是第五天。 24上帝说：“大地要繁衍各类动物——各类的牲畜、爬虫和野兽。”果然如此。 25上帝造了各类的野兽、牲畜和爬虫。上帝看了，感到满意。
26上帝说：“我们要照着我们的形象，按着我们的样子造人，让他们管理海里的鱼、空中的鸟和地上的牲畜及一切爬虫。” 27上帝就照着自己的形象造了人，祂照着自己的形象造了男人和女人。 28上帝赐福给他们，对他们说：“你们要生养众多，遍布地面，治理大地，管理海里的鱼、空中的鸟以及地上的各种动物。” 29上帝对人说：“看啊，我把地上所有结种子的菜蔬和所有树上有籽的果子都赐给你们作食物。 30我把植物赐给所有地上的走兽、空中的飞鸟及地上的爬虫作食物。”果然如此。 31上帝看了，感到非常满意。晚上过去，早晨到来，这是第六天。