The First Book of Moses
also called Genesis if from the Latin
Chapters 1-7 |
The First Chapter
In the beginning God created heaven and earth. The earth was void
and empty, and darkness was upon the deep, and the spirit of God
moved upon the water.
Then God said: let there be light: and there was light. And
God saw the light that it was good: and divided the light from the
darkness, and called the light day, and the darkness night: and so
of the evening and morning was made the first day.
And God said: let there be a firmament between the waters, and
let it divide the waters asunder. Then God made the firmament, and
parted the waters which were under the firmament, from the waters
that were above the firmament: And it was so. And God called the
firmament Heaven. And so of the evening and morning was made the
And God said: let the waters that are under heaven gather
themselves unto one place, that the dry land may appear. And it came
so to pass. And God called the dry land the earth, and the gathering
together of waters called he the sea. And God saw that it was good.
And God said: let the earth bring forth herb and grass that
sow seed, and fruitful trees, that bear fruit every one in his kind,
having their seed in themselves upon the earth. And it came so to
pass. And the earth brought forth herb and grass sowing seed every
one in his kind, and trees bearing fruit, and having their seed in
themselves, every one in his kind. And God saw that it was good, and
then of the evening and morning was made the third day.
Then said God: let there be lights in the firmament of heaven,
to divide the day from the night, that they may be unto signs,
seasons, days and years. And let them be lights in the firmament of
heaven, to shine upon the earth: And so it was. And God made two
great lights: A greater light to rule the day, and a less light to
rule the night: and he made stars also. And God put them in the
firmament of heaven to shine upon the earth, and to rule the day and
the night: and to divide the light from darkness. And God saw that
it was good: and so of the evening and morning was made the fourth
And God said: let the water bring forth creatures that move
and have life, and fowls for to fly over the earth under the
firmament of heaven. And God created great whales and all manner of
creatures that live and move, which the waters brought forth in
their kinds, and all manner of feathered fowls in their kinds. And
God saw that it was good: and God blessed them saying: Grow and
multiply and fill the waters of the seas, and let the fowls multiply
upon the earth. And so of the evening and morning was made the fifth
And God said: let the earth bring forth living creatures in
their kinds: cattle and worms and beasts of the earth in their
kinds, and so it came to pass. And God made the beasts of the earth
in their kinds, and cattle in their kinds, and all manner worms of
the earth in their kinds: and God saw that it was good.
And God said: let us make man in our similitude and after our
likeness: that he may have rule over the fish of the sea, and over
the fowls of the air, and over cattle, and over all the earth, and
over all worms that creep on the earth. And God created man after
his likeness, after the likeness of God created he him: male and
female created he them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them: Grow and
multiply and fill the earth, and subdue it, and have dominion over
the fishes of the sea, and over the fowls of the air, and over all
the beasts that move on the earth.
And God said: see, I have given you all herbs that sow seed,
which are on all the earth, and all manner trees that have fruit in them
and sow seed: to be meat for you and for all beasts of the earth,
and unto all fowls of the air, and unto all that creepeth on the
earth where in is life, that they may have all manner herbs and
grass for to eat, and even so it was. And God beheld all that he had
made, and lo they were exceeding good: and so of the evening and
morning was made the sixth day.
The 2nd Chapter
heaven and earth finished with all their apparel, and in the seventh
day God ended his work which he had made, and rested in the seventh
day from all his works which he had made. And God blessed the
seventh day, and sanctified it, for in it he rested from all his
works which he had created and made.
These are the generations of heaven and earth when they were
created, in the time when the Lord God created heaven and earth and
all the shrubs of the field before they were in the earth. And all
the herbs of the field before they sprang, for the Lord God had yet
sent no rain upon the earth, neither was there yet any man to till
the earth. But there arose a mist out of the ground, and watered all
the face of the earth: Then the Lord God shaped man, even of the
mould of the earth, and breathed into his face the breath of life.
So man was made a living soul.
The Lord God also planted a garden in Eden from the beginning,
and there he set man whom he had formed. And the Lord God made to
spring out of the earth, all manner trees beautiful to the sight and
pleasant to eat, and the tree of life in the midst of the garden:
and also the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
And there sprang a river out of Eden to water the garden, and
there divided itself, and grew into four principal waters. The name
of the one is Phison, he it is that compasses all the land of Hevila,
where gold groweth. And the gold of that country is precious, there
is found Bedellion and a stone called Onyx. The name of the second
river is Gihon, which compasses all the land of Inde. And the name
of the third river is Hidekell, which runneth on the east side of
the Assyrians. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
And the Lord God took Adam, and put him in the garden of Eden,
to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded Adam saying:
Of all the trees of the garden see thou eat: But of the tree of
knowledge of good and bad see that thou eat not: For even the same
day thou eatest of it thou shalt die the death.
And the Lord God said: It is not good that man should be
alone, I will make him an helper to bear him company. And after that
the Lord God had made of the earth all manner beasts of the field,
and all manner fowls of the air, he brought them unto Adam to see
what he would call them. And as Adam called all manner living
beasts, even so are their names. And Adam gave names unto all manner
cattle, and unto the fowls of the air, and unto all manner beasts of
the field. But there was no help found unto Adam to bear him
Then the Lord God cast a slumber on Adam, and he slept. And
then he took out one of his ribs, and in stead thereof he filled up
the place with flesh. And the Lord God made of the rib which he took
out of Adam, a woman: and brought her unto Adam. Then said Adam:
This is once bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh. This shall be
called woman: because she was taken of the man. For this cause shall
a man leave father and mother, and cleave unto his wife, and they
shall be one flesh. And they were either of them naked, both Adam
and his wife, and were not ashamed.
The 3rd Chapter
But the serpent was
subtler than all the beasts of the field, which the Lord God had
made: and said unto the woman: you, hath God said in deed, you shall
not eat of all manner trees in the garden? And the woman said unto
the serpent, of the fruit of the trees in the garden we may eat, but
of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden ( said
God ) see that ye eat not, and see that ye touch it not, lest ye
die. Then said the serpent unto the woman: tush ye shall not die:
but God doth know that whensoever ye should eat of it, your eyes
should be opened, and ye should be as God, and know both good and
evil. And the woman saw that it was a good tree to eat of, and lusty
unto the eyes, and a pleasant tree for to give understanding. And
took of the fruit of it and ate, and gave unto her husband also with
her, and he ate. And the eyes of both of them were opened, that they
understood how that they were naked. Then they sewed fig leaves
together and made them aprons.
And they heard the voice of the Lord God as he walked in the
garden in the cool of the day. And Adam hid himself and his wife
also from the face of the Lord God, among the trees of the garden.
And the Lord God called Adam, and said unto him: where art thou? And
he answered: Thy voice I heard in the garden, but I was afraid,
because I was naked, and therefore hid myself. And he said: Who told
thee that thou wast naked? hast thou eaten of the tree, of which I
bade thee that thou shouldest not eat? And Adam answered: The woman
which thou gavest to bear me company, she took me of the tree, and I
ate. And the Lord God said unto the woman: Wherefore didest thou so?
And the woman answered: The serpent deceived me and I ate.
And the Lord God said unto the serpent: because thou hast so
done most cursed be thou of all cattle and of all beasts of the
field: upon thy belly shalt thou go: and earth shalt thou eat all
days of thy life. Moreover I will put hatred between thee and the
woman, and between thy seed and her seed. And that seed shall tread
thee on the head, and thou shalt tread it on the heel.
And unto the woman he said: I will surely increase thy sorrow,
and make thee oft with child, and with pain shalt thou be delivered:
And thy lusts shall pertain unto thy husband, and he shall rule
And unto Adam he said: Forasmuch as thou hast obeyed the voice
of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee,
saying: See thou eat not thereof: cursed be the earth for thy sake.
In sorrow shalt thou eat thereof all days of thy life: And it shall
bear thorns and thistles unto thee. And thou shalt eat the herbs of
the field. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, until thou
return unto the earth whence thou wast taken: for earth thou art,
and unto earth shalt thou return.
And Adam called his wife Heva, because she was the mother of
all that liveth. And the Lord God made Adam and his wife garments of
skins, and put them on them. And the Lord God said: Lo, Adam is
become as it were one of us, in knowledge of good and evil. But now
lest he stretch forth his hand and take also of the tree of life,
and eat and live ever. And the Lord God cast him out of the garden
of Eden, to till the earth whence he was taken. And he cast Adam
out, and set at the entering of the garden Eden, Cherubim with a
naked sword moving in and out, to keep the way to the tree of life.
The 4th Chapter
Adam lay with Heva his wife, which conceived and bare Cain, and
said: I have gotten a man of the Lord. And she proceeded forth, and
bare his brother Abel: And Abel became a shepherd, and Cain became a
And it fortuned in process of time, that Cain brought of the
fruit of the earth, an offering unto the Lord. And Abel he brought
also of the firstlings of his sheep, and of the fat of them. And the
Lord looked unto Abel and to his offering, but unto Cain and unto
his offering looked he not. And Cain was wroth exceedingly, and
lowered. And the Lord said unto Cain: why art thou angry, and why
lowerest thou? Knowest thou not if thou dost well thou shalt receive
it? But and if thou dost evil, by and by thy sin lieth open in the
door. Notwithstanding let it be subdued unto thee, and see thou rule
it. And Cain talked with Abel his brother.
And as soon as they were in the fields, Cain fell upon Abel
his brother, and slew him. And the Lord said unto Cain: where is
Abel thy brother? And he said: I cannot tell, am I my brothers
keeper? And he said: What hast thou done? The voice of thy brothers
blood cryed unto me out of the earth. And now cursed be thou as
pertaining to the earth, which opened her mouth to receive thy
brothers blood of thine hand. For when thou tillest the ground she
shall henceforth not give her power unto thee. A vagabond and a
*runagate shalt thou be upon the earth.
And Cain said unto the Lord: my sin is greater, than that it
may be forgiven. Behold thou castest me out this day from off the
face of the earth, and from thy sight must I hide myself, and I must
be wandering and a vagabond upon the earth: Moreover whosoever
findeth me, will kill me. And the Lord said unto him: Not so, but
whosoever slayeth Cain shall be punished sevenfold. And the Lord put
a mark upon Cain that no man that found him should kill him. And
Cain went out from the face of the Lord, and dwelt in the land Nod,
on the east side of Eden.
And Cain lay with his wife, which conceived and bare Henoch.
And he was building a city, and called the name of it after the name
of his son, Henoch. And Henoch begat Irad. And Irad begat Mahuiael.
And Mahuiael begat Mathusael. And Mathusael begat Lamech. And Lamech
took him two wives: the one is called Ada, and the other Zilla: And
Ada bare Jabal, of whom came they that dwell in tents and possess
cattle. And his brothers name was Jubal, of him came all that
exercise themselves on the harp and on the organs. And Zilla she
also bare Tubalcain a worker in metal and a father of all that grave
in brass and iron. And Tubalcains sister was called Naema.
Then said Lamech unto his wives Ada and Zilla: hear my voice
ye wives of Lamech and hearken unto my words, for I have slain a man
and wounded myself, and have slain a young man, and got myself
stripes: For Cain shall be avenged sevenfold: but Lamech seventy
times sevenfold. Adam also lay with his wife yet again, and she bare
a son and called his name Seth. For God (said she) hath given me
another son for Abel whom Cain slew. And Seth begat a son, and
called his name Enos. And in that time began men to call on the name
of the Lord.
*runagate (renegade; one who flees)
The 5th Chapter
This is the book
of the generation of man. In the day when God created man and made
him after the similitude of God. Male and female made he them, and
called their names man, in the day when they were created. And when
Adam was an hundred and thirty years old, he begat a son after his
likeness and similitude: and called his name Seth. And the days of
Adam after he begat Seth, were eight hundred years, and begat sons
and daughters. And all the days of Adam which he lived, were nine
hundred and thirty years, and then he died.
And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos. And
after he had begot Enos he lived eight hundred and seven years, and
begat sons and daughters. And all the days of Seth were nine hundred
and twelve years, and died. And Enos lived *eighty years, and begat
Kenan. And Enos after he begat Kenan, lived eight hundred and
fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters: and all the days of
Enos were nine hundred and five years, and then he died. And Kenan
lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaliel. And Kenan after he had
begot Mahalaliel, lived eight hundred and forty years, and begat
sons and daughters: and all the days of Kenan were nine hundred and
ten years, and then he died. And Mahalaliel lived sixty five years,
and begat Jared. And Mahalaliel after he had begot Jared lived eight
hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters: and all the
days of Mahalaliel were eight hundred ninety and five years, and
then he died.
And Jared lived an hundred and sixty two years, and begat
Henoch: and Jared lived after he begat Henoch, eight hundred years,
and begat sons and daughters. And all the days of Jared were nine
hundred and sixty two years, and then he died. And Henoch lived
sixty five years, and begat Mathusala. And Henoch walked with God
after he had begot Mathusalah, three hundred years, and begat sons
and daughters: And all the days of Henoch were three hundred and
sixty five years, and then Henoch lived a godly life, and was no
more seen, for God took him away.
And Mathusala lived an hundred and eighty seven years and
begat Lamech: and Mathusala after he had begot Lamech, lived seven
hundred and eighty two years, and begat sons and daughters. And all
the days of Mathusala were nine hundred sixty nine years, and then
And Lamech lived an hundred eighty two years and begat a son,
and called him Noe, saying: This same shall comfort us: as
concerning our work and sorrow of our hands which we have about the
earth that the Lord hath cursed. And Lamech lived after he had beget
Noe, five hundred, ninety and five years, and begat sons and
daughters. And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy
seven years, and then he died. And when Noe was five hundred years
old, he begat Sem, Ham, and Japheth.
*eighty (kjv and other bibles of man
The 6th Chapter
And it came to
pass, when men began to multiply upon the earth, and had begot them
daughters, the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were
fair, and took unto them wives, which they best liked among them
all. And the Lord said: My spirit shall not always strive with man,
for they are flesh. Nevertheless I will give them yet space, an
hundred and twenty years.
There were tyrants in the world in those days. For after that
the children of God had gone in unto the daughters of men, and had
begotten them children, the same children were the mightiest of the
world, and men of renown. And when the Lord saw that the wickedness
of man was increased upon the earth, and that all the imagination
and thoughts of his heart was only evil continually, he repented
that he had made man upon the earth, and sorrowed in his heart. And
said: I will destroy mankind which I have made, from off the face of
the earth: both man, beast, worm and fowl of the air, for it
repenteth me that I have made them. But yet Noe found grace in the
sight of the Lord.
These are the generations of Noe. Noe was a righteous man and
uncorrupt in his time, and walked with God. And Noe begat three
sons: Sem, Ham, and Japheth. And the earth was corrupt in the sight
of God, and was full of mischief. And God looked upon the earth, and
lo it was corrupt: for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the
Then said God to Noe: the end of all flesh is come before me,
for the earth is full of their mischief. And lo, I will destroy them
with the earth. Make thee an ark of pine tree, and make chambers in
the ark, and pitch it within and without with pitch. And of this
fashion shalt thou make it.
The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, and the
breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A
window shalt thou make above in the ark. And within a cubit compass
shalt thou finish it. And the door of the ark shalt thou set in the
side of it: and thou shalt make it with three lofts one above an
other. For behold I will bring in a flood of water upon the earth to
destroy all flesh from under heaven, wherein breath of life is: so
that all that is in the earth shall perish. But I will make mine
appointment with thee, that both thou shalt come in to the ark and
thy sons, thy wife and thy sons wives with thee.
And of all that liveth whatsoever flesh it be, shalt thou
bring into the ark, of every thing a pair, to keep them alive with
thee. And male and female see that they be, of birds in their kind,
and of beasts in their kind, and of all manner of worms of the earth
in their kind: a pair of every thing shall come unto thee to keep
them alive. And take unto thee of all manner of meat that may be
eaten and lay it up in store by thee, that it may be meat both for
thee and for them: and Noe did according to all that God commanded
The 7th Chapter
And the Lord said unto
Noe: Go into the ark both thou and all thy household. For thee have
I seen righteous before me in this generation. Of all clean beasts
take unto thee seven of every kind, the male and female, and of
unclean beasts a pair, the male and his female: likewise of the
birds of the air seven of every kind, male and female to save seed
upon all the earth. For seven days hence will I send rain upon the
earth forty days and forty nights, and will destroy all manner of
things that I have made, from off the face of the earth.
And Noe did according to all that the Lord commanded him: and
Noe was six hundred years old, when the flood of water came upon the
earth: and Noe went and his sons and his wife and his sons wives
with him, into the ark from the waters of the flood. And of clean
beasts, and of beasts that were unclean, and of birds and of all
that creepeth upon the earth, came in by couples of every kind unto
Noe into the ark, a male and a female: even as God commanded Noe.
And the seventh day the waters of the flood came upon the earth.
In the six hundredth year of Noes life, in the second month,
in the seventeenth day of the month, that same day were all the
fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven
were opened, and there fell a rain upon the earth forty days and
And the self same day went Noe, Sem, Ham and Japheth, Noes
sons, and Noes wife and the three wives of his sons with them in to
the ark: both they and all manner of beasts in their kind, and all
manner of cattle in their kind, and all manner of worms that creep
upon the earth in their kind, and all manner of birds in their kind,
and all manner of fowls whatsoever had feathers. And they came unto
Noe into the ark couples, of all flesh that had breath of life in
it. And they that came, came male and female of every flesh
according as God commanded him: and the Lord shut the door upon him.
And the flood came forty days and forty nights upon the earth, and
the water increased and bare up the ark, and it was lifted up from
off the earth. And the water prevailed and increased exceedingly
upon the earth: and the ark went upon the top of the waters. And the
waters prevailed exceedingly above measure upon the earth, so that
all the high hills which are under all the parts of heaven were
covered: even fifteen cubits high prevailed the waters, so that the
hills were covered.
And all flesh that moved on the earth both birds, cattle and
beasts perished, with all that crept on the earth and all men: so
that all that had the breath of life in the nostrils of it
throughout all that was on dry land died. Thus was destroyed all
that was upon the earth, both man, beasts, worms and fowls of the
air, so that they were destroyed from the earth: save Noe was
reserved only and they that were with him in the ark. And the waters
prevailed upon the earth, an hundred and fifty days.