'Earth' in the Bible
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
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.
and let them serve as lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." It was so.
God placed the lights in the expanse of the sky to shine on the earth,
God said, "Let the water swarm with swarms of living creatures and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky."
God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth."
Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth."
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."
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.
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 the breath of life in it -- I give every green plant for food." It was so.
The heavens and the earth were completed with everything that was in them.
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created -- when the Lord God made the earth and heavens.
Now no shrub of the field had yet grown on the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground.
Springs would well up from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.
When you try to cultivate the ground it will no longer yield its best for you. You will be a homeless wanderer on the earth."
Look! You are driving me off the land today, and I must hide from your presence. I will be a homeless wanderer on the earth; whoever finds me will kill me."
When humankind began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them,
The Nephilim were on the earth in those days (and also after this) when the sons of God were having sexual relations with the daughters of humankind, who gave birth to their children. They were the mighty heroes of old, the famous men.
But the Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind had become great on the earth. Every inclination of the thoughts of their minds was only evil all the time.
The Lord regretted that he had made humankind on the earth, and he was highly offended.
So the Lord said, "I will wipe humankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth -- everything from humankind to animals, including creatures that move on the ground and birds of the air, for I regret that I have made them."
The earth was ruined in the sight of God; the earth was filled with violence.
God saw the earth, and indeed it was ruined, for all living creatures on the earth were sinful.
So God said to Noah, "I have decided that all living creatures must die, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. Now I am about to destroy them and the earth.
I am about to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy from under the sky all the living creatures that have the breath of life in them. Everything that is on the earth will die,
and also seven of every kind of bird in the sky, male and female, to preserve their offspring on the face of the earth.
For in seven days I will cause it to rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the ground every living thing that I have made."
Noah was 600 years old when the floodwaters engulfed the earth.
And after seven days the floodwaters engulfed the earth.
And the rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.
They entered, along with every living creature after its kind, every animal after its kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, everything with wings.
The flood engulfed the earth for forty days. As the waters increased, they lifted the ark and raised it above the earth.
The waters completely overwhelmed the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the waters.
The waters completely inundated the earth so that even all the high mountains under the entire sky were covered.
And all living things that moved on the earth died, including the birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all humankind.
So the Lord destroyed every living thing that was on the surface of the ground, including people, animals, creatures that creep along the ground, and birds of the sky. They were wiped off the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark survived.
The waters prevailed over the earth for 150 days.
But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and domestic animals that were with him in the ark. God caused a wind to blow over the earth and the waters receded.
The waters kept receding steadily from the earth, so that they had gone down by the end of the 150 days.
and sent out a raven; it kept flying back and forth until the waters had dried up on the earth.
The dove could not find a resting place for its feet because water still covered the surface of the entire earth, and so it returned to Noah in the ark. He stretched out his hand, took the dove, and brought it back into the ark.
When the dove returned to him in the evening, there was a freshly plucked olive leaf in its beak! Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth.
In Noah's six hundred and first year, in the first day of the first month, the waters had dried up from the earth, and Noah removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry.
And by the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was dry.
Bring out with you all the living creatures that are with you. Bring out every living thing, including the birds, animals, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Let them increase and be fruitful and multiply on the earth!"
Every living creature, every creeping thing, every bird, and everything that moves on the earth went out of the ark in their groups.
"While the earth continues to exist, planting time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease."
Then God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.
Every living creature of the earth and every bird of the sky will be terrified of you. Everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea are under your authority.
But as for you, be fruitful and multiply; increase abundantly on the earth and multiply on it."
and with every living creature that is with you, including the birds, the domestic animals, and every living creature of the earth with you, all those that came out of the ark with you -- every living creature of the earth.
I confirm my covenant with you: Never again will all living things be wiped out by the waters of a flood; never again will a flood destroy the earth."
I will place my rainbow in the clouds, and it will become a guarantee of the covenant between me and the earth.
Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds,
When the rainbow is in the clouds, I will notice it and remember the perpetual covenant between God and all living creatures of all kinds that are on the earth."
So God said to Noah, "This is the guarantee of the covenant that I am confirming between me and all living things that are on the earth."
These were the sons of Noah, and from them the whole earth was populated.
Cush was the father of Nimrod; he began to be a valiant warrior on the earth.
Two sons were born to Eber: One was named Peleg because in his days the earth was divided, and his brother's name was Joktan.
These are the families of the sons of Noah, according to their genealogies, by their nations, and from these the nations spread over the earth after the flood.
The whole earth had a common language and a common vocabulary.
Then they said, "Come, let's build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens so that we may make a name for ourselves. Otherwise we will be scattered across the face of the entire earth."
So the Lord scattered them from there across the face of the entire earth, and they stopped building the city.
That is why its name was called Babel -- because there the Lord confused the language of the entire world, and from there the Lord scattered them across the face of the entire earth.
I will bless those who bless you, but the one who treats you lightly I must curse, and all the families of the earth will bless one another by your name."
And I will make your descendants like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone is able to count the dust of the earth, then your descendants also can be counted.
He blessed Abram, saying, "Blessed be Abram by the Most High God, Creator of heaven and earth.
But Abram replied to the king of Sodom, "I raise my hand to the Lord, the Most High God, Creator of heaven and earth, and vow
After all, Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all the nations on the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using his name.
Far be it from you to do such a thing -- to kill the godly with the wicked, treating the godly and the wicked alike! Far be it from you! Will not the judge of the whole earth do what is right?"
Because you have obeyed me, all the nations of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using the name of your descendants.'"
so that I may make you solemnly promise by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth: You must not acquire a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living.
I will multiply your descendants so they will be as numerous as the stars in the sky, and I will give them all these lands. All the nations of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using the name of your descendants.
May God give you the dew of the sky and the richness of the earth, and plenty of grain and new wine.
So his father Isaac said to him, "Indeed, your home will be away from the richness of the earth, and away from the dew of the sky above.
and had a dream. He saw a stairway erected on the earth with its top reaching to the heavens. The angels of God were going up and coming down it
Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west, east, north, and south. All the families of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using your name and that of your descendants.
While the famine was over all the earth, Joseph opened the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians. The famine was severe throughout the land of Egypt.
People from every country came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain because the famine was severe throughout the earth.
God sent me ahead of you to preserve you on the earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
the Angel who has protected me from all harm -- bless these boys. May my name be named in them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac. May they grow into a multitude on the earth."
For this time I will send all my plagues on your very self and on your servants and your people, so that you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth.
For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with plague, and you would have been destroyed from the earth.
But for this purpose I have caused you to stand: to show you my strength, and so that my name may be declared in all the earth.
When Moses extended his staff toward the sky, the Lord sent thunder and hail, and fire fell to the earth; so the Lord caused hail to rain down on the land of Egypt.
Moses said to him, "When I leave the city I will spread my hands to the Lord, the thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, so that you may know that the earth belongs to the Lord.
So Moses left Pharaoh, went out of the city, and spread out his hands to the Lord, and the thunder and the hail ceased, and the rain stopped pouring on the earth.
They will cover the surface of the earth, so that you will be unable to see the ground. They will eat the remainder of what escaped -- what is left over for you -- from the hail, and they will eat every tree that grows for you from the field.
You stretched out your right hand, the earth swallowed them.
When the layer of dew had evaporated, there on the surface of the desert was a thin flaky substance, thin like frost on the earth.
And now, if you will diligently listen to me and keep my covenant, then you will be my special possession out of all the nations, for all the earth is mine,
"You shall not make for yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is on the earth beneath or that is in the water below.
For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that is in them, and he rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.
You must make for me an altar made of earth, and you will sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your cattle. In every place where I cause my name to be honored I will come to you and I will bless you.
It is a sign between me and the Israelites forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.'"
Why should the Egyptians say, 'For evil he led them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth'? Turn from your burning anger, and relent of this evil against your people.
For how will it be known then that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not by your going with us, so that we will be distinguished, I and your people, from all the people who are on the face of the earth?"
He said, "See, I am going to make a covenant before all your people. I will do wonders such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation. All the people among whom you live will see the work of the Lord, for it is a fearful thing that I am doing with you.
(Now the man Moses was very humble, more so than any man on the face of the earth.)
But truly, as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord.
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