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The Priestly Creation Story
Transcript of The Priestly Creation Story
In the beginning God created heaven and earth. Now the earth was plain, there was darkness over the deep, with a wonderful wind sweeping over the waters.
God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that light was good, and God divided light from darkness. God called light ‘day,’ and darkness he called ‘night,’ Evening came and morning came: the first day.
God said, ‘Let there be a cut through the middle of the waters to divide the waters in two.’ And so it was. God made the vault, and it divided the waters under the vault from the waters above the vault. God called the vault ‘heaven’. Evening came and morning came: the second day.
God said, ‘Let the waters under heaven come together into a one part, and let dry land appear.’ And so it was. God called the dry land ‘earth’ and the mass of waters ‘seas’, and God saw that it was good.
God said, ‘Let the earth produce living plants; seed-bearing plants, and fruit trees on earth, bearing fruit with their seed inside. And so it was. The earth produced vegetation: the different kinds of seed-bearing plants and the fruit trees with seed inside, each having its own species. God saw that it was good. Evening came and morning came: the third day.
God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of heaven to divide day from night, and let them indicate festivals, days and years. Let them be lights in the vault of heaven to shine on the earth.” And so it was. God made two great lights: the greater light to happen during day, the smaller light to happen during the night, and the stars. God set them in the vault of heaven to shine on the earth and to divide the light from darkness. God saw that it was good. Evening came and morning came: the fourth day.
God said, ‘Let the waters be alive with a swarm
creatures, and let birds find their way
earth across the vault of heaven.’ And so it was.
great sea-monsters and
all the creatures that
glide and swim in the waters in their own species, and winged birds in their own species. God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the waters of the seas; and let the birds multiply on land’. Evening came and morning came: the fifth day.
God said, ‘Let the earth
every kind of living creature in its own species: cattle, creeping things
of all kinds.’ And so it
God made wild animals in their own species, and cattle in theirs, and every creature that crawls along the earth in
species. God saw that
it was good
God said, ‘Let us make man in our own image, in the image of ourselves, and let them be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all the wild animals and all the creatures that creep along the ground,’
God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.
God blessed them, saying to them, ‘Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and control it. Be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven and all the living creatures that move on earth.’ God also said, ‘Look, to you I give all the seedbearing plants everywhere on the surface of the earth, and all the trees with seedbearing fruit; this will be your food. And to all the wild animals, all the birds of heaven and all the living creatures that creep along the ground, I give all the foliage of the plants as their food.’ And so it was. God saw all that he made, and indeed it was very good. Evening came and morning came: the sixth day.
There heaven and earth were completed with all their arrangements. On the seventh day God had completed the work he had been doing. He rested on the seventh day after all the work he had been doing. God blessed the seventh day and made it holy,
because on that
after all his work of creating.
Such was the story of heaven and earth as they were created.