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First Public Reading: B'RE'SHIT (Genesis 1:1 - 2:3)

The TORAH on Creation

Hebrew Bible Modern English Translation King James Bible 1611 Protestant Alternate Hebrew Translations and Commentaries
GE 1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. GE 1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. In the beginning of God's creation of heaven and earth, the earth was without form and empty. (Rashi)
GE 1:2  And the earth was without form,and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And a wind from God move upon the face of the waters. GE 1:2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And the earth was without form,and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And God's spirit moved upon the face of the waters. (also translated the Spirit of God)
GE 1:3  And God said, Let there be light; and there was light. GE 1:3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Bereshith Rabbah verses 1 through 3 are combined.
GE 1:4  And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. GE 1:4  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
GE 1:5  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. GE 1:5  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
GE 1:6  And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. GE 1:6  And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. God said, "There shall be a sky in the middle of the water and it shall divide between water and water."
Sky, Rakia in Hebrew literally "spread" or "expanse." Often translated as firmament.
GE 1:7  And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. GE 1:7  And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. God made the sky and it separated the water below the sky from the water above the sky. It remained that way.
(it separated; "divided" from the Septuagint.)
GE 1:8  And God called the firmament Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. GE 1:8  And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
GE 1:9  And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together to one place, and let the dry land appear; and it was so. GE 1:9  And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
GE 1:10  And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas; and God saw that it was good. GE 1:10  And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
GE 1:11  And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, herb yielding seed, and fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth; and it was so. GE 1:11  And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
GE 1:12  And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after its kind, and tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after its kind; and God saw that it was good. GE 1:12  And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
GE 1:13  And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. GE 1:13  And the evening and the morning were the third day.
GE 1:14  And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years; GE 1:14  And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
GE 1:15  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth; and it was so. GE 1:15  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
GE 1:16  And God made two great lights; the large light to rule the day, and the small light to rule the night; and he made the stars. GE 1:16  And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
GE 1:17  And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, GE 1:17  And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
GE 1:18  And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. GE 1:18  And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
GE 1:19  And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. GE 1:19  And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
GE 1:20  And God said, Let the waters be filled with many kinds of living creatures, and birds that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. GE 1:20  And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
GE 1:21  And God created the great crocodiles, and every kind of creature that live in the waters, and every kind of winged birds, and God saw that it was good. GE 1:21  And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
GE 1:22  And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let the birds multiply in the earth. GE 1:22  And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
GE 1:23  And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. GE 1:23  And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
GE 1:24  And God said, Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures, cattle, and creeping things, and beasts of the earth after their kind; and it was so. GE 1:24  And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
GE 1:25  And God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creeps upon the earth after its kind; and God saw that it was good. GE 1:25  And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
GE 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. GE 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
GE 1:27  So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female He created them. GE 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
GE 1:28  And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth. GE 1:28  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
GE 1:29  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, on which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food. GE 1:29  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
GE 1:30  And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to every thing that creeps upon the earth, where there is life, I have given every green herb for food; and it was so. GE 1:30  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
GE 1:31  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. GE 1:31  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
GE 2:1  Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. GE 2:1  Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
GE 2:2  And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. GE 2:2  And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
GE 2:3  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it; because that in it He had rested from all his work which God created and made. GE 2:3  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

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