Parallel Verses

World English Bible

Now the earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep. God's Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters.

New American Standard Bible

The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.

King James Version

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Holman Bible

Now the earth 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.

International Standard Version

When the earth was as yet unformed and desolate, with the surface of the ocean depths shrouded in darkness, and while the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters,

A Conservative Version

And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

American Standard Version

And the earth was waste and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Amplified

The earth was formless and void or a waste and emptiness, and darkness was upon the face of the deep [primeval ocean that covered the unformed earth]. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.

Bible in Basic English

And the earth was waste and without form; and it was dark on the face of the deep: and the Spirit of God was moving on the face of the waters.

Darby Translation

And the earth was waste and empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Julia Smith Translation

And the earth was desolation and emptiness, and darkness over the face of the deep: and the spirit of God moved over the face of the waters.

King James 2000

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Now the earth was formless and empty, and darkness [was] over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God [was] hovering over the surface of the waters.

Modern King James verseion

And the earth was without form and empty. And darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

The Earth was void and empty and darkness was upon the deep, and the spirit of God moved upon the water.

NET Bible

Now the earth was without shape and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water.

New Heart English Bible

Now the earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep. God's Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters.

The Emphasized Bible

Now, the earth, had become waste and wild, and darkness, was on the face of the roaring deep, - but, the Spirit of God, was brooding on the face of the waters,

Webster

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Youngs Literal Translation

the earth hath existed waste and void, and darkness is on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God fluttering on the face of the waters,

Verse Picture

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
And the earth
ארץ 
'erets 
Usage: 2504

and void
בּהוּ 
Bohuw 
Usage: 3

and darkness
חשׁך 
Choshek 
Usage: 78

was upon the face
פּנים 
Paniym 
Usage: 2119

of the deep
תּהם תּהום 
T@howm 
Usage: 36

And the Spirit
רוּח 
Ruwach 
Usage: 378

of God
אלהים 
'elohiym 
Usage: 2600

רחף 
Rachaph 
Usage: 3

the face
פּנים 
Paniym 
Usage: 2119

Devotionals

Devotionals about Genesis 1:2

Images Genesis 1:2

Prayers for Genesis 1:2

Context Readings

The Creation

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep. God's Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3 God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.


Cross References

Psalm 104:30

You send forth your Spirit: they are created. You renew the face of the ground.

Jeremiah 4:23

I saw the earth, and, behold, it was waste and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.

Job 26:7

He stretches out the north over empty space, and hangs the earth on nothing.

Isaiah 45:18

For thus says Yahweh who created the heavens, the God who formed the earth and made it, who established it and didn't create it a waste, who formed it to be inhabited: "I am Yahweh; and there is no other.

Job 26:14

Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways. How small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?"

Psalm 33:6

By Yahweh's word, the heavens were made; all their army by the breath of his mouth.

Isaiah 40:12-14

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and marked off the sky with his span, and calculated the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

Nahum 2:10

She is empty, void, and waste. The heart melts, the knees knock together, their bodies and faces have grown pale.

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