1 1 God made the sky and earth. At first, 2 the earth was completely empty; nothing was on the earth. Darkness covered the ocean, and God’s Spirit moved over the water. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light!” And light began to shine. 4 God saw the light, and he knew it was good. Then God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God named the light “day,” and he named the darkness “night.” There was evening, and then there was morning. This was the first day. 6 Then God said, “Let there be air to separate the water into two parts!” 7 So God made the air and separated the water. Some of the water was above the air, and some of the water was below the air. 8 God named the air “sky.” There was evening, and then there was morning. This was the second day. 9 Then God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered together so the dry land will appear.” And it happened. 10 God named the dry land “earth.” And God named the water that was gathered together “seas.” God saw this was good. 11 Then God said, “Let the earth grow grass, plants that make grain, and fruit trees. The fruit trees will make fruit with seeds in it. And each plant will make its own kind of seed. Let these plants grow on the earth.” And it happened. 12 The earth grew grass and plants that made grain. And it grew trees that made fruit with seeds in it. Every plant made its own kind of seeds. And God saw this was good. 13 There was evening, and then there was morning. This was the third day. 14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the sky. These lights will separate the days from the nights. These lights will be used for special signs and to show when special meetings begin. And they will be used to show the days and years. 15 These lights will be in the sky to shine light on the earth.” And it happened. 16 So God made the two large lights. God made the larger light to rule during the day. He made the smaller light to rule during the night. God also made the stars. 17 God put these lights in the sky to shine on the earth. 18 God put these lights in the sky to rule over the day and over the night. These lights separated the light from the darkness. And God saw this was good. 19 There was evening, and then there was morning. This was the fourth day. 20 Then God said, “Let the water be filled with many living things. And let there be birds to fly in the air over the earth.” 21 So God made the large sea animals. God made every living thing that moves in the sea. There are many different kinds of sea animals—and God made them all! God also made every kind of bird that flies in the sky. And God saw this was good. 22 God blessed these animals. God told them to have many babies and fill the seas. And God told the birds on land to make many more birds. 23 There was evening, and then there was morning. This was the fifth day. 24 Then God said, “Let the earth make many kinds of living things. Let there be many different kinds of animals. Let there be large animals and small crawling animals of every kind. And let all these animals make more animals.” And all these things happened. 25 So God made every kind of animal. God made the wild animals, the tame animals, and all the small crawling things. And God saw this was good. 26 Then God said, “Now let’s make man. We will make people as a copy of ourselves. People will be like us. They will rule over all the fish in the sea and the birds in the air. They will rule over all the large animals and all the little things that crawl on the earth.” 27 So God made people in his own image. God made people as a copy of himself. God made them male and female. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Have many children. Fill the earth and take control of it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the air. Rule over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 God said, “I am giving you all the grain bearing plants and all the fruit trees. Those trees make fruit with seeds in it. This grain and fruit will be your food. 30 And I am giving all the green plants to the animals. Those green plants will be their food. Every animal on earth, every bird in the air, and all the little things that crawl on the earth will eat that food.” And all these things happened. 31 God looked at everything he had made. And God saw that everything was very good. There was evening, and then there was morning. This was the sixth day.