Let us make man in our image




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God says He will make humans to resemble Himself and give them power over the earth. This verse is part of the creation story.

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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.

— Genesis 1:26

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Let us make נַֽעֲשֶׂ֥ה To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application H6213
man אָדָ֛ם Ruddy i.e., a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) H120
in our image, בְּצַלְמֵ֖נוּ A phantom, i.e., (figuratively) illusion, resemblance; hence, a representative figure, especially an idol H6754

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