Genesis 1:1-2:3: The Story of Creation

The second Torah reading for Simchat Torah

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1:15.         and they shall serve as lights in the expanse of the sky to shine upon the earth." And it was so.

1:16.         God made the two great lights, the greater light to dominate the day and the lesser light to dominate the night, and the stars.

1:17.         And God set them in the expanse of the sky to shine upon the earth,

1:18.         to dominate the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that this was good.

1:19.         And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

1:20.         God said, "Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and birds that fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky."

1:21.         God created the great sea monsters, and all the living creatures of every kind that creep, which the waters brought forth in swarms; and all the winged birds of every kind. And God saw that this was good.

1:22.         God blessed them, saying, "Be fertile and increase, fill the waters in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth."

1:23.         And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

1:24.         God said, "Let the earth bring forth every kind of living creature: cattle, creeping things, and wild beasts of every kind." And it was so.

1:25.         God made wild beasts of every kind and cattle of every kind, and all kinds of creeping things of the earth. And God saw that this was good.

1:26.         And God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. They shall rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the cattle, the whole earth, and all the creeping things that creep on earth."

1:27.         And God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

1:28.         God blessed them and God said to them, "Be fertile and increase, fill the earth and master it; and rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and all the living things that creep on earth."

1:29.         God said, "See, I give you every seed-bearing plant that is upon all the earth, and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit; they shall be yours for food.

1:30.         And to all the animals on land, to all the birds of the sky, and to everything that creeps on earth, in which there is the breath of life, [I give] all the green plants for food." And it was so.

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