The Books of the Bible Covenant History | Page 5

4 | Genesis Genesis | 4 And God said, “Let the wa­ter teem with liv­ing crea­tures, and let birds fly ­above the ­earth ­across the ­vault of the sky.” So God cre­at­ed the g ­ reat crea­tures of the sea and ev­ery liv­ing ­thing with w ­ hich the wa­ter t ­ eems and that moves about in it, ac­cord­ ing to ­their ­kinds, and ev­ery ­winged bird ac­cord­ing to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God b ­ lessed them and said, “Be fruit­ful and in­crease in num­ber and fill the wa­ter in the seas, and let the ­birds in­crease on the ­earth.” And ­t here was eve­ ning, and ­there was morn­ing — ​the ­f ifth day. And God said, “Let the land pro­duce liv­ing crea­tures ac­cord­ing to t ­ heir k ­ inds: the live­stock, the crea­tures that move ­along the ground, and the wild an­i­mals, each ac­cord­ing to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild an­i­mals ac­cord­ing to t ­ heir k ­ inds, the live­stock ac­cord­ing to ­t heir ­kinds, and all the crea­tures that move a ­ long the g ­ round ac­cord­ing to t ­ heir k ­ inds. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let us make man­kind in our im­age, in our like­ness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the live­stock and all the wild an­i­mals, and over all the crea­tures that move a ­ long the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God ­blessed them and said to them, “Be fruit­ful and in­crease in num­ber; fill the e ­ arth and sub­due it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the ­birds in the sky and over ev­ery liv­ing crea­ture that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you ev­ery seed-bear­ing ­plant on the face of the ­whole e ­ arth and ev­ery tree that has ­fruit with seed in it. They will be y ­ ours for food. And to all the b ­ easts of the earth and all the b ­ irds in the sky and all the crea­tures that move along the g ­ round — ​ev­ery­t hing that has the ­breath of life in it — ​I give ev­ery g ­ reen p ­ lant for food.” And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was eve­ning, and t ­ here was morn­ing — ​the ­sixth day. Thus the heav­ens and the ­earth were com­plet­ed in all ­their vast ar­ray. By the sev­enth day God had fin­ished the work he had been do­ ing; so on the sev­enth day he rest­ed from all his work. Then God ­blessed the sev­enth day and made it holy, be­cause on it he rest­ed from all the work of cre­at­ing that he had done. 1:20–2:3 1:20–2:3