GENESIS 1:1

“In the beginning”

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT

These are the very first words in the Bible. They mark the opening of the Genesis creation story: the beginning of time when God creates the universe. The first word of the original Hebrew Scripture here is: בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית (rēʾšît) for “beginning” or “first”.

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“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

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Genesis 1:1 Translation & Meaning

What does this verse really mean? Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. Use this reference information to gain deeper insight into the Bible and enrich your understanding. Information based on Strong's Exhaustive Concordance[1].

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In the beginning בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית The first, in place, time, order or rank (specifically, a firstfruit) beginning
God אֱלֹהִ֑ים Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
created בָּרָ֣א (absolutely) to create; (qualified) to cut down (a wood), select, feed (as formative processes) created
the heaven הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם The sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve) heaven
and וְאֵ֥ת Properly, self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely) and
the earth. הָאָֽרֶץ׃ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) earth

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  • 1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

  • 2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

  • 3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.




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