The first stories in the Holy Bible
Genesis chapters 1-11
This page tells a bit more about these first stories in the Holy Bible
This book has stories from the first book in the Holy Bible, called Genesis. That word Genesis means start. It is the book that tells us how God got everything started.
We only have the first 11 chapters of Genesis in this book. We have not yet translated the other 39 chapters.
Genesis is in the part of the bible called the Old Testament, which was the bible for the Jewish people before Jesus came. They say that Moses wrote Genesis about 3,400 years ago. He was their leader at that time.
Moses probably looked at the stories that other people already wrote, and maybe other people helped him write some parts of Genesis, but Moses put it all together. We believe that God guided him in all of that, so this book has God’s message for us today.
1
God made everything
First of all, a long time ago, God made everything. He made everything that is in the sky, and he made everything that is on the earth. God made all the things that are everywhere. The earth didn’t have any shape. It didn’t have anything. It was covered with deep water. Everything was dark. It was dark all over the water, but God’s spirit moved around on the top of the water.
Day number 1
God said, “I want light.” Straight away the light was shining everywhere. God looked at it, and he saw that it was good. So God split up the light and the dark. He called the light day-time and he called the dark night-time.
When this all happened, there was night time and there was morning time. That was day number 1.
Day number 2
God said, “I want something to split the water in half.” So God made air to split the water in half. God put some water high up on top of the air, in the clouds, and he left some water on the ground. He put the air in the middle between the water that was up high and the water on the ground. God called it sky.
When this all happened, there was night time and there was morning time. That was day number 2.
Day number 3
God said, “I want all the water that is on the ground to come together to one place, and I want dry ground to come up.” Then the water moved to where God wanted it, and the dry ground came up. 10 God called the dry ground land, and he called that water sea. God looked at the land and the sea, and he saw that everything was good.
11 God said, “I want the ground to grow all kinds of plants that have seeds. I want some plants with seeds to eat, and trees with fruit that have seeds inside. Every seed will grow up like the plant that it came from.” And that is the way God made it happen. 12 He made all the plants and the trees come up from the ground. God looked at those plants, and he saw that everything was good.
13 When this all happened, there was night time and there was morning time. That was day number 3.
Day number 4
14 God said, “I want some lights in the sky. I want the lights to split up the day time from the night time. They will tell us the time. They will show the season, the time of the year, and the time of day. 15 I will put these lights in the sky to shine on the earth.” So God did that. 16 He made 2 big lights. He made one light brighter than the other light. This bright light was boss over the day time. We call it the sun. The other light was boss over the night time. We call it the moon. God made the stars too.
17 God put all those lights in the sky to shine on earth. 18 One light shines during the day and another light shines at night. These lights split the day time from the night time. God looked at the lights, and he saw that everything was good.
19 When this all happened, there was night time and there was morning time. That was day number 4.
Day number 5
20 God talked again. He said, “I want the water to be full of fish and all sorts of living things. And I want birds that fly across the ground and high up in the sky.” 21 So God made everything that lives and moves in the sea. He made the great big sea animals and a lot of other living things in the sea. All of these animals had young ones just like themselves. And God made all the birds that fly. All the birds had young ones just like themselves. God looked at all those things, and he saw that everything was good.
22 God was good to them, and he said to them, “All of you living things will have lots of young ones, so that the sea will be full of fish, and lots of birds will fly around everywhere.”
23 When this all happened, there was night time and there was morning time. That was day number 5.
Day number 6
24 God talked again. He said, “I want the whole earth to be full of animals. I want animals that are wild, and animals that are not wild. I want lizards and insects and other things that crawl around on the ground. All these animals will have young ones like themselves.” And that is the way God made it happen. 25 God made all the animals and lizards and insects and all the other things that move along the ground. God made them so they could have young ones just like themselves. God looked at those things, and all those things were good.
26 Then God talked again. He said, “We are going to make some people. They will be like us. They will be boss of the fish and everything that lives in the sea, and they will be boss of the birds that fly in the sky, and they will be boss over all the animals that are on this earth, the animals that are wild, and the animals that are not wild, and all the lizards and insects and all the other things that crawl around on the ground. People will be boss over all of them.”
27 So God made people to be like himself. He made them man and woman.
28 God was good to them, and he said to them, “You will have lots of young ones, and the earth will be full of people. You people will be boss over all the earth. You will be boss over the fish, and you will be boss over the birds that are in the sky, and you will be boss over all the animals that move on the ground.”
29 Then God said to them, “Look, I made lots of food plants for you. I made plants that have seeds in them, and trees with fruit on them, too. You can eat the seeds from plants and the fruit from trees. That will be your food. 30 And I made green plants, too, for the animals to eat. And those plants can be food for the birds, and lizards, and insects, and other things that crawl around on the ground. They can eat the green plants.”
31 God made everything just the way he wanted it. He looked at everything he made, and he saw that everything was very good.
When this all happened, there was night time and there was morning time. That was day number 6.