In the beginning God created theheavens and the earth.
Now the earth was formless and empty,darkness was over the surface of thedeep, and the Spirit of God washovering over the waters.
And God said, "Let there be light," andthere was light.
God saw that the light was good, andhe separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light "day," and thedarkness he called "night." And therewas evening, and there was morning-the first day.
And God said, "Let there be anexpanse between the waters toseparate water from water."
So God made the expanse andseparated the water under the expansefrom the water above it. And it was so.
God called the expanse "sky." Andthere was evening, and there wasmorning-the second day.
And God said, "Let the water under thesky be gathered to one place, and letdry ground appear." And it was so.
God called the dry ground "land," andthe gathered waters he called "seas."And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let the land producevegetation: seed-bearing plants andtrees on the land that bear fruit withseed in it, according to their variouskinds." And it was so.
The land produced vegetation: plantsbearing seed according to their kindsand trees bearing fruit with seed in itaccording to their kinds. And God sawthat it was good.
And there was evening, and there wasmorning-the third day.
And God said, "Let there be lights inthe expanse of the sky to separate theday from the night, and let them serveas signs to mark seasons and days andyears,
and let them be lights in the expanseof the sky to give light on the earth." Andit was so.
God made two great lights-the greaterlight to govern the day and the lesserlight to govern the night. He also madethe stars.
God set them in the expanse of thesky to give light on the earth,
to govern the day and the night, and toseparate light from darkness. And Godsaw that it was good.