ImmerseBeginnings NLT - Page 15



GENESIS
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was
formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit
of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw
that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.
Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the
waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” And that is what
happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth
from the waters of the heavens. God called the space “sky.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.
Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one
place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened. God
called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that
it was good. Then God said, “Let the land sprout with ­vegetation—
­every sort of ­seed-­bearing plant, and trees that grow ­seed-­bearing
fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from
which they came.” And that is what happened. The land produced
­vegetation—­all sorts of ­seed-­bearing plants, and trees with s­ eed-
­bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind.
And God saw that it was good.
And evening passed and morning came, marking the third day.
Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the
night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. Let these
lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened.
God made two great ­lights—­the larger one to govern the day, and the
smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set these
lights in the sky to light the earth, to govern the day and night, and to
separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.
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