New International Version – UK

Genesis 1:1-31

The beginning

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.

Kiswahili Contemporary Version (Neno: Bibilia Takatifu)

Mwanzo 1:1-31

Siku Sita Za Uumbaji Na Sabato

11:1 Za 89:11; 90:2; 96:5; 102:25; Mit 8:23; Isa 40:21; 42:5; 51:13; 41:4, 26; Yn 1:1-2; Mwa 2:3; 14:19; Neh 9:6; Ay 9:8; 37:18; Yer 10:12; 32:17; 51:15; 2Fal 19:15; Mdo 14:15; 7:24; Efe 3:9; Kol 1:16; Ebr 1:10; 3:4; 11:3; Ufu 4:11; 10:6Hapo mwanzo Mungu aliumba mbingu na dunia. 21:2 Isa 24:10; 27:10; 31:5; 32:14, 15; 34:11; 45:18; Yer 4:23; Mwa 8:2; Ay 7:12; 26:8; 33:4; 38:9; Za 36:6; 42:7; 104:6, 30; Mit 30:4Wakati huu dunia ilikuwa haina umbo, tena ilikuwa tupu. Giza lilikuwa juu ya uso wa vilindi vya maji, naye Roho wa Mungu alikuwa ametulia juu ya maji.

31:3 Za 33:6-9; 148:5; Ebr 11:3; 2Kor 4:6; 1Yn 5:7Mungu akasema, “Iwepo nuru,” nayo nuru ikawepo. 41:4 Za 18:28; 105:8; 104:31; 119:68; Yer 31:35; Kut 10:21-23; Ay 26:10; 8:19; Isa 42:16; 45:7Mungu akaona ya kuwa nuru ni njema, ndipo Mungu akatenganisha nuru na giza. 51:5 Mwa 2:19, 23; Za 74:16Mungu akaiita nuru “mchana,” na giza akaliita “usiku.” Ikawa jioni, ikawa asubuhi, siku ya kwanza.

61:6 Isa 44:24; 2Pet 3:5; Za 24:2; 136:6Mungu akasema, “Iwepo nafasi kati ya maji igawe maji na maji.” 71:7 Mwa 7:11; Ay 26:10; 38:8-16; Za 68:33; 148:4; Mit 8:28Kwa hiyo Mungu akafanya nafasi, akatenganisha maji yaliyo chini ya hiyo nafasi na maji yaliyo juu yake. Ikawa hivyo. 81:8 Ay 38:8-11; Za 33:7; 95:5; 104:6-9; Mit 8:29; Yer 5:22; 2Pet 3:5; Hag 2:6Mungu akaiita hiyo nafasi “anga.” Ikawa jioni, ikawa asubuhi, siku ya pili.

9Mungu akasema, “Maji yaliyopo chini ya anga na yakusanyike mahali pamoja, pawepo na nchi kavu.” Ikawa hivyo. 101:10 Za 33:7; 90:2; 95:5; Ay 38:8Mungu akaiita nchi kavu “ardhi,” nalo lile kusanyiko la maji akaliita “bahari.” Mungu akaona kuwa ni vyema.

111:11 Za 65:9-13; 104:14; Mwa 2:9; Law 11:14, 19; 1Kor 15:38Kisha Mungu akasema, “Ardhi na itoe mimea: miche itoayo mbegu, miti juu ya nchi itoayo matunda yenye mbegu ndani yake, kila mmea kulingana na aina zake mbalimbali.” Ikawa hivyo. 12Ardhi ikachipua mimea: Mimea itoayo mbegu kulingana na aina zake, na miti itoayo matunda yenye mbegu kulingana na aina zake. Mungu akaona ya kuwa hili ni jema. 13Ikawa jioni, ikawa asubuhi, siku ya tatu.

141:14 Za 74:16; 136:7; 104:19; Yer 10:2; Mwa 8:22; Yer 31:35-36; 33:20, 25Mungu akasema, “Iwepo mianga kwenye nafasi ya anga ili itenganishe usiku na mchana, nayo iwe alama ya kutambulisha majira mbalimbali, siku na miaka, 15nayo iwe mianga kwenye nafasi ya anga ya kutia nuru juu ya dunia.” Ikawa hivyo. 161:16 Kum 17:3; Ay 38:33; 31:26; Yer 31:35; 43:13; Eze 8:16; Za 74:16; 104:19; 136:9; Yak 1:17; Kum 4:19Mungu akafanya mianga miwili mikubwa: mwanga mkubwa utawale mchana, na mwanga mdogo utawale usiku. Pia Mungu akafanya nyota. 17Mungu akaiweka katika nafasi ya anga iangaze dunia, 181:18 Yer 33:20itawale usiku na mchana, na ikatenganishe nuru na giza. Mungu akaona kuwa hili ni jema. 19Ikawa jioni, ikawa asubuhi, siku ya nne.

201:20 Za 146:6; Mwa 2:19Mungu akasema, “Kuwepo na viumbe hai tele kwenye maji, nao ndege waruke juu ya dunia katika nafasi ya anga.” 211:21 Ay 3:8; 7:12; Za 74:13; 148:7; 104:25-26; Isa 27:1; Eze 32:2Kwa hiyo Mungu akaumba viumbe wakubwa wa baharini na kila kiumbe hai kiendacho majini kulingana na aina zake, na kila ndege mwenye mabawa kulingana na aina yake. Mungu akaona kuwa hili ni jema. 221:22 Mwa 8:17; 47:27; 9:17, 19; Law 26:9; Eze 36:11Mungu akavibariki, akasema, “Zaeni mwongezeke, mkayajaze maji ya bahari, nao ndege waongezeke katika dunia.” 23Ikawa jioni, ikawa asubuhi, siku ya tano.

241:24 Mwa 2:19Mungu akasema, “Ardhi na itoe viumbe hai kulingana na aina zake: wanyama wa kufugwa, viumbe vitambaavyo ardhini na wanyama pori, kila mnyama kulingana na aina yake.” Ikawa hivyo. 251:25 Mwa 7:21-22; Yer 27:5Mungu akafanya wanyama pori kulingana na aina zake, wanyama wa kufugwa kulingana na aina zake, na viumbe vyote vitambaavyo juu ya ardhi kulingana na aina zake. Mungu akaona kuwa hili ni jema.

261:26 Mwa 5:3; 9:6; 9:2; Za 8:5-8; 8:8; 82:6; 89:6; Yak 3:9; 1Kor 11:7; 2Kor 4:4; Kol 1:15; 3:10; Mdo 17:28-29Ndipo Mungu akasema, “Tufanye mtu kwa mfano wetu, kwa sura yetu, wakatawale juu ya samaki wa baharini na ndege wa angani, juu ya mifugo, juu ya dunia yote, na juu ya viumbe wote watambaao juu ya nchi.”

271:27 Mwa 2:7; 5:1, 2; Za 103:14; 119:73; Mt 19:4; Mk 10:6; Gal 3:28; Kum 4:32Kwa hiyo Mungu akamuumba mtu kwa mfano wake mwenyewe,

kwa mfano wa Mungu alimuumba;

mwanaume na mwanamke aliwaumba.

281:28 Mwa 6:1; 17:6; 33:5; Yos 24:3; Mdo 17:26; Za 8:6-8; 115:16; 113:9; 127:3, 5Mungu akawabariki na akawaambia, “Zaeni na mkaongezeke, mkaijaze tena dunia na kuitiisha. Mkatawale samaki wa baharini, ndege wa angani, na kila kiumbe hai kiendacho juu ya ardhi.”

291:29 Mwa 9:3; 1Tim 4:3; Kum 12:15; Za 104:14Kisha Mungu akasema, “Nimewapa kila mche utoao mbegu juu ya uso wa dunia yote, na kila mti wenye matunda yenye mbegu ndani yake. Vitakuwa chakula chenu. 301:30 Mwa 2:7; 7:22; Ay 38:41; Za 78:25; 104:14, 27; 111:5; 136:25; 145:15Nao wanyama wote wa dunia, ndege wote wa angani, na viumbe vyote viendavyo juu ya ardhi: yaani kila kiumbe chenye pumzi ya uhai, ninawapa kila mche wa kijani kuwa chakula.” Ikawa hivyo.

311:31 Za 104:24; 136:5; Mhu 3:19; Yer 10:12; 1Tim 4:4Mungu akaona vyote alivyoumba, na tazama, ilikuwa vizuri sana. Ikawa jioni, ikawa asubuhi, siku ya sita.