1. From the beginning with wisdom the Word of the Lord created and perfected the heavens and the earth.
2. And the earth was waste and unformed desolate of man and beast, empty of plant cultivation and of trees, and darkness was spread over the face of the abyss; and a spirit of mercy from before the Lord was blowing over the surface of the waters. 3. And the Word of the Lord said: “Let there be light”; and there was light according to the decree of his Word. 4. And it was manifest before the Lord that the light was good; 6 and the Word of the Lord separated the light from the darkness. 5 And the Word of the Lord called the light daytime and the darkness he called night. And there was evening and there was morning: in the order of the work of creation, first day.
6. And the Word of the Lord said: "Let there be the firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the lower waters from the upper waters." 7 And the Lord created the firmament and separated the waters that were under the firmament from the waters that were above the firmament; and it was so according to his Word. 8 And the Word of the Lord called the firmament heaven. And there was evening and there was morning: (in) the order of the work of creation, second day.
9 And the Word of the Lord said: “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place and let the dry land appear.” And it was so m according to his Word. 10 And the Word of the Lord called the dry land the earth, and the gathering-place of the waters he called the Seas. " And it was manifest before the Lord that it was beautiful and proper.
11. And the Word of the Lord said: “Let the earth put forth herbage of grass which produces seed, a fruit tree which yields fruit according to its kind, whose shoots are from it and in it upon the earth.” And it was so according to his Word. 12 And the earth put forth herbage of grass which produces seed according to its kind, a fruit tree which yields fruit, whose shoots are from it and in it according to its kind. And it was manifest before the Lord that it was beautiful and proper. 13 And there was evening and there was morning: (in) the order of the work of creation, third day.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. 2 The Word was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. 5 And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.
6 A man came, sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that everyone might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. 9 The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was created by him, but the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to what was his own, but his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who have received him—those who believe in his name—he has given the right to become God’s children— 13 children not born by human parents or by human desire or a husband’s decision, but by God.
14 Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory—the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father. 15 John testified about him and shouted out, “This one was the one about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than I am, because he existed before me.’” 16 For we have all received from his fullness one gracious gift after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. The only one, himself God, who is in closest fellowship with the Father, has made God known.