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Creation of EarthIn the beginning God made the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and God said, “Let there be light!” And there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then God separated the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day. He called the darkness Night. And there was an evening and a morning, the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a sky. Let the sky divide the waters that are below from the waters that are above the sky.” And it was done. And God called the sky the Heavens. And there was an evening and a morning, the second day.

And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be brought together. Let the dry land appear.” And it was done. And God called the dry land Earth. He called the waters that were brought together Seas. And God saw that it was good.

And God said, “Let plants and trees grow from the earth.” And it was done. And plants and trees grew from the earth. Each plant produced its own kind of seed. Each tree produced its own kind of fruit. And God saw that it was good. And there was an evening and a morning, the third day.

And God said, “Let there be lights in the heavens to separate the night from the day. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, the days, and the years. Let them be lights in the heavens to light the earth.” And it was done.

So God made the two great lights (the sun and the moon): the greater to rule the day and the lesser to rule the night. God made the stars also and placed them in the heavens to throw light upon the earth. And God saw that it was good. And there was an evening and a morning, the fourth day.

And God said, “Let the waters bring forth many living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth and in the sky.” And God made large sea-creatures and many kinds of living creatures in the waters, and all kinds of birds. And God saw that it was good. And he blessed them, saying, “Increase and fill the waters in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” And there was an evening and a morning, the fifth day.

And God said, “Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures, cows and creeping things and wild animals.” And it was done. So God made all the different kinds of wild animals, and the cows, and everything that crawls upon the ground. And God saw that it was good.

And God said, “Let us make man like ourselves. Let him rule over the fish in the sea, the birds of the sky, the cows, the wild animals, and all the living things that crawl upon the ground.” And God made man like himself, like God he made him. He made them male and female.

And God blessed them and said to them, “Have children, increase, live all over the earth, and master it. Rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that crawls upon the ground.”

And God said, “See, I give you every plant which grows on all the earth. I give you every tree which bears fruit with its own kind of seed. It will be food for you. I give every green plant for food to every wild animal and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that crawls on the earth and is alive.” And it was done. And when God saw everything that he had made, he saw that it was very good. And there was an evening and a morning, the sixth day.

And the heavens and the earth were finished and all that there was in them. And on the seventh day when God had finished the work that he had done, he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, for in it he rested from all the work which he had done.

Adapted from “The Children’s Bible” by Henry A. Sherman and Charles Foster Kent (1922).
Rights: Public domain in the USA.

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