Great Hymn to the Aten

Ancient Near East

You create life within women, make fluid into men, and nurture the child in the womb. You soothe and provide breath to sustain all you have made. When the child is born, you open their mouth and provide for their needs. When a bird speaks within the egg, you give it breath and let it grow until it hatches, walking on its own legs. Your creations are many and hidden from human sight. There is no god like you, who created the world alone, according to your desire. Humans, cattle, wild animals, and all creatures on earth and in the sky, are your creation. The lands of Syria, Nubia, and Egypt are shaped by your will, and you provide for their needs. You make each tongue unique in speech, and each nature distinct. You distinguish their skin like the foreign lands.

Genesis 1:30

Hebrew Bible

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply! Fill the earth and subdue it! Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every creature that moves on the ground.” 29 Then God said, “I now give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the entire earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the animals of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has living breath in it—I give every green plant for food.” It was so. 31 God saw all that he had made—and it was very good! There was evening, and there was morning, the sixth day.

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