The Creation

Reading: Genesis 1 & 2

In the beginning, long, long ago, God created the heaven and the earth. The earth had no form. It was empty and thick darkness covered everything.

"Let there be light," said God and there was light. God saw that it was good. He divided the light from the darkness and called the light DAY and the darkness NIGHT. The evening and the morning were the first day.

On the second day God created the sky and God saw that it was good.

"Let the waters be gathered into one place" said God, "and let dry land appear. Let the land grow grass, plants and trees, and let them produce fruit and seeds." And it was so. God called the waters SEAS and the dry land EARTH. The evening and the morning were the third day.

"Let there be lights in the sky," said God and it was so. The sun was created to shine during the day and the moon and stars were created to give light at night. God made them as signs to mark the seasons, days and years; and the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

On the fifth day God created the birds, the fish, great whales and all kinds of marine life. "Let the waters teem with living creatures," He said. "Let birds fly above the earth. Let them be fruitful and multiply." God saw that it was good.

"Let the land produce all manner of living creatures - creatures that move along the ground and wild animals; and let us make man in our own image," said God, and it was so. He created every living creature from the dust of the ground; male and female, He created them all. The evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Then God saw everything He had made and it was very good.

God had finished the work He had been doing. On the seventh day He rested from all His work aionnd God blessed the seventh day and made it holy.

Now God planted a garden in the east, in Eden, and God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Adam, for that was his name, named all the living creatures and whatever he called each living creature, that was its name. And God made a woman from Adam and Adam named her Eve, which means 'living', because she would become the mother of all living.

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