Genesis Week of Creation

Preface Translation of Genesis 1:1 to 2:4 Setting the Stage Creation of Life Creation of Man Epilogue

"The beginning of Thy Word is True. . . ."   Psalm 119:160

A Translation of Genesis 1:1 to 2:4 by Arthur C. Custance, Ph.D.

Originally, God brought into being and set in perfect order the heavens and the earth.

But the earth had become a ruin and a desolation, and a pall of darkness hung over this scene of disaster.   And the Spirit of God moved mightily upon the face of the waters.   And God said, "Let it become light."   And it became light; and God saw the light that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.   And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night.   And the evening and the morning together constituted one day.

And God said, "Let there come to be a space between the waters, and let it divide between the waters above and the waters below."   And God appointed the space and divided the waters which were under the space from the waters which were above the space: and so it came to pass.   And God called the space Heaven.   And the evening and the morning became a second day.

And God said, "Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together into one place and let the dry land appear." And this came to pass.   And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called the Sea: and God saw that it was good.   And God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, herb yielding seed, the fruit tree yielding fruit -- akin to itself -- whose seed is in itself, upon the earth": and this came to pass.   And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed, akin to itself, and the tree yielding fruit whose seed was within also akin to itself. And God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning became a third day.

And God said, "Let the lights in the heavens above be to divide the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years: and let them become in the heavens above as lights to give light upon the earth": and this came to pass.   Moreover, God appointed the two great lights: the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night, along with the stars.   So God set them in the heavens above to give light upon the earth and to rule over the day and over the night, and to make a distinction between light and darkness.   And God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning became a fourth day.
 

This translation by Arthur C Custance was first published in 1961.

Arthur Custance (1910-1985) wrote 6 books and more than 60 papers on science and Christianity. He had an M.A. in oriental languages (Hebrew and Greek) from the University of Toronto and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Ottawa.


Creation of the World is a mosaic in the dome of the Chigi Chapel in Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome, designed by Raphael and rendered by a Venetian craftsman, Luigi di Pace in 1516.

And God said, "Let the waters bring forth abundantly living creatures, and let fowl fly above the earth across the face of the open sky."   And the very large sea animals did God also create, and the wealth of living creatures which the waters brought forth, like begetting like, and all the different kinds of fowl that fly, like begetting like.   And God saw that it was good.   And God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the sea, and let the fowl multiply on the earth."   And the evening and the morning became a fifth day.

And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures breeding true to themselves, cattle and creeping things and the wild creatures of the earth, also breeding true to themselves."   And this came to pass.   And God appointed the wild things of the earth, breeding true to themselves, and the cattle similarly, and likewise everything that creepeth upon the earth.   And God saw that it was good.   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."   So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him: male and female created He them.   And God blessed them, and God said unto them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill 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."   And God said, "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth: to you it shall be for food.   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 food."   And it became so.   And God saw everything that He had done, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning became a sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished with all things necessary to them.   On the seventh day God completed the work which he had been engaged in, so He rested on the seventh day from setting everything in order.   And God blessed the seventh day and set it apart: because that on this day He had rested from the work involved in creating and appointing everything.

Such is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God prepared them both.

(Genesis 1:1 to 2:4)
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by Arthur Custance
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