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Chronology of ten English language translations of Genesis 1:1-10, from 1582 to 2004

1582 1611 1901 1971 1975 1989 1995 2001 2002 2004

Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible (1582) King James Version (1611) American Standard Version (1901) Revised Standard Version (1971)New King James Version 1975 New Revised Standard (1989) GOD’S WORD Translation (1995) English Standard Version (2001)The Message Version: (2002)Holman Christian Standard Bible (2004)

Genesis, Chapter 1

The Creation of the WorldThe Creation

1 In the beginning,,First this: when God began to created the heavens, and the earth.,. the heavens and the earth. – all you see, all you don’t see.In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 And tTTthe eENow the earth was void and empty,without form,waste without form, and void;,; a formless void and empty, without form and void, and darkness covered was upon the face of was over the face of the deep:; ;. water., while a wind from God swept over a A a And t. And tThe sSpirit of God was moved ing hovering over upon over over Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the face of the waterssa soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
3 And Then And God said spoke: , : Be light made. And light was made.Let there be light!,!;: aSo and And there was nd light appeared.Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
4 And And God saw that that that the the light, , that it that it was good; :; . So . A, and and he God divided divided separated God separated the the light from the the darknessness.
5 And he God called named called named named the light DdD“day, and and He called the darkness the darkness hHhe called named called named the dark NnN“night; a. ASo And nd tT And there was re was re was evening, then and there was re was re was and there was morning, were the first were, the first one, one day. It was evening, it was morning – Day One.Evening came, and then morning: the first day.
6 And Then And Then And Then God said: , Let there be a firmament dome horizon n expanse made amidst in the midst middle midst of the waterss, : , and let it in order to and let it divide separate divide separate the waters from the waterss from the waters.spoke: “Sky! In the middle of the waters; separate water from water!”said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters, separating water from water.”
7 And Thus So And gGod made a the firmamentdome horizon expanse ,, and divided separated divided separated the waters that which that were under under the firmamentdome, from those that the waters which that were above the firmamentdome, a: a. A; a. And it was so. above and below the horizon. And so it was.s that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was He separated the water under sky from the water above sky. And there it was:So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above the expanse. And it was so.
8 And And God called named [what was above] called the firmament, Heavenexpanse Heaven.dome, Shorizon sky. ; a. And So And tT And there wasre was evening and, then there wasre was morning were the, a were, the–a, the second day.he named sky the Heavens; It was evening, it was morning – Day Two.God called the expanse “sky.” Evening came, and then morning: the second day.
9 Then And And Then And God also said;, Let the waters that are under the heaven skyheavenss, be gathered come be gathered together iuinto one placen one areanto one place:, and let the dry land appear...:; AAaaAnd so it was so doneGod spoke: “Separate! Water-beneath-Heaven, gather into one place; Land, appear!” And there it wasThen God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.
10 And And God called named called named called the dry dry land, E “earth,”;,,. and the and the waters that were gatheringinged. The He named the pooled waters that were gatheredcame were gathered together of the watersof the waters, hHhe called Sease named e called sSeas Ocean.:. AaAnd And and He called the gathering of the water “seas.” And God saw that it was good.