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Chapter 1

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   1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

   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

   3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

   4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light
   from the darkness.

   5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And
   the evening and the morning were the first day.

   6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters,
   and let it divide the waters from the waters.

   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.

   8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning
   were the second day.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

   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:

   15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give
   light upon the earth: and it was so.

   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.

   17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon
   the earth,

   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.

   19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

   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.

   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.

   22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill
   the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

   23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he
   him; male and female created he them.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.
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   Genesis is a name taken from the Greek, and signifies "the book of
   generation or production;" it is properly so called, as containing an
   account of the origin of all things. There is no other history so old.
   There is nothing in the most ancient book which exists that contradicts
   it; while many things recorded by the oldest heathen writers, or to be
   traced in the customs of different nations, confirm what is related in
   the book of Genesis.God creates heaven and earth. (1,2) The creation of
   light. (3-5) God separates the earth from the waters, and makes it
   fruitful. (6-13) God forms the sun, moon, and stars. (14-19) Animals
   created. (20-25) Man created in the image of God. (26-28) Food
   appointed. (29,30) The work of creation ended and approved. (31)1,2 The
   first verse of the Bible gives us a satisfying and useful account of
   the origin of the earth and the heavens. The faith of humble Christians
   understands this better than the fancy of the most learned men. From
   what we see of heaven and earth, we learn the power of the great
   Creator. And let our make and place as men, remind us of our duty as
   Christians, always to keep heaven in our eye, and the earth under our
   feet. The Son of God, one with the Father, was with him when he made
   the world; nay, we are often told that the world was made by him, and
   nothing was made without him. Oh, what high thoughts should there be in
   our minds, of that great God whom we worship, and of that great
   Mediator in whose name we pray! And here, at the beginning of the
   sacred volume, we read of that Divine Spirit, whose work upon the heart
   of man is so often mentioned in other parts of the Bible. Observe, that
   at first there was nothing desirable to be seen, for the world was
   without form, and void; it was confusion, and emptiness. In like manner
   the work of grace in the soul is a new creation: and in a graceless
   soul, one that is not born again, there is disorder, confusion, and
   every evil work: it is empty of all good, for it is without God; it is
   dark, it is darkness itself: this is our condition by nature, till
   Almighty grace works a change in us.
   3-5 God said, Let there be light; he willed it, and at once there was
   light. Oh, the power of the word of God! And in the new creation, the
   first thing that is wrought in the soul is light: the blessed Spirit
   works upon the will and affections by enlightening the understanding.
   Those who by sin were darkness, by grace become light in the Lord.
   Darkness would have been always upon fallen man, if the Son of God had
   not come and given us understanding, #1Jo 5:20|. The light which God
   willed, he approved of. God divided the light from the darkness; for
   what fellowship has light with darkness? In heaven there is perfect
   light, and no darkness at all; in hell, utter darkness, and no gleam of
   light. The day and the night are the Lord's; let us use both to his
   honour, by working for him every day, and resting in him every night,
   meditating in his law both day and night.
   6-13 The earth was emptiness, but by a word spoken, it became full of
   God's riches, and his they are still. Though the use of them is allowed
   to man, they are from God, and to his service and honour they must be
   used. The earth, at his command, brings forth grass, herbs, and fruits.
   God must have the glory of all the benefit we receive from the produce
   of the earth. If we have, through grace, an interest in Him who is the
   Fountain, we may rejoice in him when the streams of temporal mercies
   are dried up.
   14-19 In the fourth day's work, the creation of the sun, moon, and
   stars is accounted for. All these are the works of God. The stars are
   spoken of as they appear to our eyes, without telling their number,
   nature, place, size, or motions; for the Scriptures were written, not
   to gratify curiosity, or make us astronomers, but to lead us to God,
   and make us saints. The lights of heaven are made to serve him; they do
   it faithfully, and shine in their season without fail. We are set as
   lights in this world to serve God; but do we in like manner answer the
   end of our creation? We do not: our light does not shine before God, as
   his lights shine before us. We burn our Master's candles, but do not
   mind our Master's work.
   20-25 God commanded the fish and fowl to be produced. This command he
   himself executed. Insects, which are more numerous than the birds and
   beasts, and as curious, seem to have been part of this day's work. The
   Creator's wisdom and power are to be admired as much in an ant as in an
   elephant. The power of God's providence preserves all things, and
   fruitfulness is the effect of his blessing.
   26-28 Man was made last of all the creatures: this was both an honour
   and a favour to him. Yet man was made the same day that the beasts
   were; his body was made of the same earth with theirs; and while he is
   in the body, he inhabits the same earth with them. God forbid that by
   indulging the body, and the desires of it, we should make ourselves
   like the beasts that perish! Man was to be a creature different from
   all that had been hitherto made. Flesh and spirit, heaven and earth,
   must be put together in him. God said, "Let us make man." Man, when he
   was made, was to glorify the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Into that
   great name we are baptized, for to that great name we owe our being. It
   is the soul of man that especially bears God's image. Man was made
   upright, #Ec 7:29|. His understanding saw Divine things clearly and
   truly; there were no errors or mistakes in his knowledge; his will
   consented at once, and in all things, to the will of God. His
   affections were all regular, and he had no bad appetites or passions.
   His thoughts were easily brought and fixed to the best subjects. Thus
   holy, thus happy, were our first parents in having the image of God
   upon them. But how is this image of God upon man defaced! May the Lord
   renew it upon our souls by his grace!
   29,30 Herbs and fruits must be man's food, including corn, and all the
   products of the earth. Let God's people cast their care upon him, and
   not be troubled about what they shall eat, and what they shall drink.
   He that feeds his birds will not starve his babes.
   31 When we come to think about our works, we find, to our shame, that
   much has been very bad; but when God saw his work, all was very good.
   Good, for it was all just as the Creator would have it to be. All his
   works, in all places of his dominion, bless him; and therefore, bless
   thou the Lord, O my soul. Let us bless God for the gospel of Christ,
   and when we consider his almighty power, let us sinners flee from the
   wrath to come. If new-created unto the image of God in holiness, we
   shall at length enter the "new heavens and new earth, wherein dwelleth
   Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

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