1In the beginning God created heaven and earth. 2Now the earth was a formless void, there was darkness over the deep, with a divine wind sweepingover the waters. 3God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light. 4God saw that light was good, and God divided light from darkness. 5God cal ed light 'day', and darkness he called 'night'. Evening came and morning came: the first day. 6God said, 'Let there be a vault through the middle of the waters to divide the waters in two.' And so itwas. 7God made the vault, and it divided the waters under the vault from the waters above the vault. 8God cal ed the vault 'heaven'. Evening came and morning came: the second day. 9God said, 'Let the waters under heaven come together into a single mass, and let dry land appear.' Andso it was. 10God cal ed the dry land 'earth' and the mass of waters 'seas', and God saw that it was good. 11God said, 'Let the earth produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants, and fruit trees on earth, bearing fruitwith their seed inside, each corresponding to its own species.' And so it was. 12The earth produced vegetation: the various kinds of seed-bearing plants and the fruit trees with seedinside, each corresponding to its own species. God saw that it was good. 13Evening came and morning came: the third day. 14God said, 'Let there be lights in the vault of heaven to divide day from night, and let them indicatefestivals, days and years. 15Let them be lights in the vault of heaven to shine on the earth.' And so it was. 16God made the two great lights: the greater light to govern the day, the smal er light to govern thenight, and the stars. 17God set them in the vault of heaven to shine on the earth, 18to govern the day and the night and to divide light from darkness. God saw that it was good. 19Evening came and morning came: the fourth day. 20God said, 'Let the waters be alive with a swarm of living creatures, and let birds wing their way abovethe earth across the vault of heaven.' And so it was. 21God created great sea-monsters and al the creatures that glide and teem in the waters in their ownspecies, and winged birds in their own species. God saw that it was good. 22God blessed them, saying, 'Be fruitful, multiply, and fil the waters of the seas; and let the birdsmultiply on land.' 23Evening came and morning came: the fifth day. 24God said, 'Let the earth produce every kind of living creature in its own species: cattle, creeping thingsand wild animals of al kinds.' And so it was. 25God made wild animals in their own species, and cattle in theirs, and every creature that crawls alongthe earth in its own species. God saw that it was good. 26God said, 'Let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves, and let them be mastersof the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, al the wild animals and al the creatures that creep alongthe ground.' 27God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female hecreated them. 28God blessed them, saying to them, 'Be fruitful, multiply, fil the earth and subdue it. Be masters of thefish of the sea, the birds of heaven and al the living creatures that move on earth.' 29God also said, 'Look, to you I give all the seed-bearing plants everywhere on the surface of the earth,and all the trees with seed-bearing fruit; this wil be your food. 30And to al the wild animals, al the birds of heaven and al the living creatures that creep along theground, I give all the foliage of the plants as their food.' And so it was. 31God saw al he had made, and indeed it was very good. Evening came and morning came: the sixthday.