'First' in the Bible
God called the light “day,” and He called the darkness “night.” Evening came and then morning: the first day.
The name of the first is Pishon, which flows through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold.
The waters continued to recede until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were visible.
In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, the water that had covered the earth was dried up. Then Noah removed the ark’s cover and saw that the surface of the ground was drying.
Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant a vineyard.
Cush fathered Nimrod, who was the first powerful man on earth.
The first one came out red-looking, covered with hair like a fur coat, and they named him Esau.
Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore to Jacob and sold his birthright to him.
And he told the first one: “When my brother Esau meets you and asks, ‘Who do you belong to? Where are you going? And whose animals are these ahead of you?’
He put the female slaves and their children first, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last.
As she was giving birth, one of them put out his hand, and the midwife took it and tied a scarlet thread around it, announcing, “This one came out first.”
But then he pulled his hand back, and his brother came out. Then she said, “You have broken out first!” So he was named Perez.
Then the thin, ugly cows ate the first seven well-fed cows.
But the men were afraid because they were taken to Joseph’s house. They said, “We have been brought here because of the money that was returned in our bags the first time. They intend to overpower us, seize us, make us slaves, and take our donkeys.”
They said, “Sir, we really did come down here the first time only to buy food.
“If they will not believe you and will not respond to the evidence of the first sign, they may believe the evidence of the second sign.
“This month is to be the beginning of months for you; it is the first month of your year.
You must eat unleavened bread for seven days. On the first day you must remove yeast from your houses. Whoever eats what is leavened from the first day through the seventh day must be cut off from Israel.
You are to hold a sacred assembly on the first day and another sacred assembly on the seventh day. No work may be done on those days except for preparing what people need to eat—you may do only that.
You are to eat unleavened bread in the first month, from the evening of the fourteenth day of the month until the evening of the twenty-first day.
If he takes an additional wife, he must not reduce the food, clothing, or marital rights of the first wife.
There are to be three cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with a calyx and petals, on the first branch, and three cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with a calyx and petals, on the next branch. It is to be this way for the six branches that extend from the lampstand.
For the six branches that extend from the lampstand, a calyx must be under the first pair of branches from it, a calyx under the second pair of branches from it, and a calyx under the third pair of branches from it.
Make loops of blue yarn on the edge of the last curtain in the first set, and do the same on the edge of the outermost curtain in the second set.
Make 50 loops on the edge of the one curtain, the outermost in the first set, and make 50 loops on the edge of the corresponding curtain of the second set.
and make 40 silver bases under the 20 planks, two bases under the first plank for its two tenons, and two bases under the next plank for its two tenons;
along with their 40 silver bases, two bases under the first plank and two bases under each plank;
There are to be eight planks with their silver bases: 16 bases; two bases under the first plank and two bases under each plank.
six of their names on the first stone and the remaining six names on the second stone, in the order of their birth.
Place a setting of gemstones on it, four rows of stones:The first row should bea row of carnelian, topaz, and emerald;
With the first lamb offer two quarts of fine flour mixed with one quart of oil from crushed olives, and a drink offering of one quart of wine.
The Lord said to Moses, “Cut two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.
Moses cut two stone tablets like the first ones. He got up early in the morning, and taking the two stone tablets in his hand, he climbed Mount Sinai, just as the Lord had commanded him.
He made loops of blue yarn on the edge of the last curtain in the first set and did the same on the edge of the outermost curtain in the second set.
He made 50 loops on the edge of the outermost curtain in the first set and 50 loops on the edge of the corresponding curtain in the second set.
and he made 40 silver bases to put under the 20 planks, two bases under the first plank for its two tenons, and two bases under each of the following planks for their two tenons;
with their 40 silver bases, two bases under the first plank and two bases under each of the following ones;
There were three cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with a calyx and petals, on the first branch, and three cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with a calyx and petals, on the next branch. It was this way for the six branches that extended from the lampstand.
For the six branches that extended from it, a calyx was under the first pair of branches from it, a calyx under the second pair of branches from it, and a calyx under the third pair of branches from it.
They mounted four rows of gemstones on it. The first row was a row of carnelian, topaz, and emerald;
“You are to set up the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, on the first day of the first month.
The tabernacle was set up in the first month of the second year, on the first day of the month.
Then he will bring the bull outside the camp and burn it just as he burned the first bull. It is the sin offering for the assembly.
He is to bring them to the priest, who will first present the one for the sin offering. He must twist its head at the back of the neck without severing it.
If the man with the discharge touches anyone without first rinsing his hands in water, the person who was touched is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening.
The Passover to the Lord comes in the first month, at twilight on the fourteenth day of the month.
On the first day you are to hold a sacred assembly; you are not to do any daily work.
“Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When you enter the land I am giving you and reap its harvest, you are to bring the first sheaf of your harvest to the priest.
“Tell the Israelites: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you are to have a day of complete rest, commemoration, and joyful shouting—a sacred assembly.
There is to be a sacred assembly on the first day; you are not to do any daily work.
“You are to celebrate the Lord’s festival on the fifteenth day of the seventh month for seven days after you have gathered the produce of the land. There will be complete rest on the first day and complete rest on the eighth day.
On the first day you are to take the product of majestic trees—palm fronds, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook—and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.
The Lord spoke to Moses in the tent of meeting in the Wilderness of Sinai, on the first day of the second month of the second year after Israel’s departure from the land of Egypt:
and they assembled the whole community on the first day of the second month. They recorded their ancestry by their clans and their ancestral houses, counting one by one the names of those 20 years old or more,
The total number in their military divisions who belong to Judah’s encampment is 186,400; they will move out first.
The one who presented his offering on the first day was Nahshon son of Amminadab from the tribe of Judah.
For they have been exclusively assigned to Me from the Israelites. I have taken them for Myself in place of all who come first from the womb, every Israelite firstborn.
In the first month of the second year after their departure from the land of Egypt, the Lord told Moses in the Wilderness of Sinai:
and they observed it in the first month on the fourteenth day at twilight in the Wilderness of Sinai. The Israelites did everything as the Lord had commanded Moses.
They set out for the first time according to the Lord’s command through Moses.
The military divisions of the camp of Judah with their banner set out first, and Nahshon son of Amminadab was over Judah’s divisions.
You are to offer a loaf from your first batch of dough as a contribution; offer it just like a contribution from the threshing floor.
Throughout your generations, you are to give the Lord a contribution from the first batch of your dough.
The entire Israelite community entered the Wilderness of Zin in the first month, and they settled in Kadesh. Miriam died and was buried there.
Now I am going back to my people, but first, let me warn you what these people will do to your people in the future.”
Then Balaam saw Amalek and proclaimed his poem:Amalek was first among the nations,but his future is destruction.
“The Passover to the Lord comes in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month.
On the first day there is to be a sacred assembly; you are not to do any daily work.
“You are to hold a sacred assembly in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, and you are not to do any daily work. This will be a day of joyful shouting for you.
They departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the month. On the day after the Passover the Israelites went out triumphantly in the sight of all the Egyptians.
At the Lord’s command, Aaron the priest climbed Mount Hor and died there on the first day of the fifth month in the fortieth year after the Israelites went out of the land of Egypt.
In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.
Then I fell down like the first time in the presence of the Lord for 40 days and 40 nights; I did not eat bread or drink water because of all the sin you committed, doing what was evil in the Lord’s sight and provoking Him to anger.
“The Lord said to me at that time, ‘Cut two stone tablets like the first ones and come to Me on the mountain and make a wooden ark.
I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets you broke, and you are to place them in the ark.’
So I made an ark of acacia wood, cut two stone tablets like the first ones, and climbed the mountain with the two tablets in my hand.
“I stayed on the mountain 40 days and 40 nights like the first time. The Lord also listened to me on this occasion; He agreed not to annihilate you.
Instead, you must kill him. Your hand is to be the first against him to put him to death, and then the hands of all the people.
No yeast is to be found anywhere in your territory for seven days, and none of the meat you sacrifice in the evening of the first day is to remain until morning.
“You are to count seven weeks, counting the weeks from the time the sickle is first put to the standing grain.
The witnesses’ hands are to be the first in putting him to death, and after that, the hands of all the people. You must purge the evil from you.
You are to give him the firstfruits of your grain, new wine, and oil, and the first sheared wool of your flock.
the first husband who sent her away may not marry her again after she has been defiled, because that would be detestable to the Lord. You must not bring guilt on the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance.
The first son she bears will carry on the name of the dead brother, so his name will not be blotted out from Israel.
you must take some of the first of all the land’s produce that you harvest from the land Yahweh your God is giving you and put it in a container. Then go to the place where the Lord your God chooses to have His name dwell.
I have now brought the first of the land’s produce that You, Lord, have given me.You will then place the container before the Lord your God and bow down to Him.
The people came up from the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and camped at Gilgal on the eastern limits of Jericho.
Then I and all the people who are with me will approach the city. When they come out against us as they did the first time, we will flee from them.
to the descendants of Aaron from the Kohathite clans of the Levites, because they received the first lot.
After the death of Joshua, the Israelites inquired of the Lord, “Who will be the first to fight for us against the Canaanites?”
They set out, went to Bethel, and inquired of God. The Israelites asked, “Who is to go first to fight for us against the Benjaminites?”And the Lord answered, “Judah will be first.”
But the Israelite army rallied and again took their battle positions in the same place where they positioned themselves on the first day.
the men of Israel would return to the battle. When Benjamin had begun to strike them down, killing about 30 men of Israel, they said, “They’re defeated before us, just as they were in the first battle.”
He had two wives, the first named Hannah and the second Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah was childless.
If that man said to him, “The fat must be burned first; then you can take whatever you want for yourself,” the servant would reply, “No, I insist that you hand it over right now. If you don’t, I’ll take it by force!”
In that first assault Jonathan and his armor-bearer struck down about 20 men in a half-acre field.
Then Saul built an altar to the Lord; it was the first time he had built an altar to the Lord.
Was today the first time I inquired of God for him? Of course not! Please don’t let the king make an accusation against your servant or any of my father’s household, for your servant didn’t have any idea about all this.”
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