A-Z: Famous stories from the Bible: The biblical account of creation


In the beginning, before there was anything, God made the heavens and the earth. The earth was empty and dark but the Spirit of God was over the deep water. Then God said, ‘Let there be light!’

and light shone out. God saw the light was good, and he separated it from the darkness. He called the light ‘day’ and the darkness ‘night’. That was the first evening and the first morning.

Then God created the sky and separated the waters above the sky from the waters below it. This was the second day. On the third day, God gathered the waters below the sky into seas and oceans and the dry land appeared. God created plants of all kinds to grow on the land. He was very pleased with all he had done.

CreationOn the fourth day, God made the sun to light the day and the stars and the moon to light the night. Again, he was pleased by what he saw. On the next day, he called into existence all the creatures of the seas and all the birds of the air.

Now it was the sixth day. God created all the creatures of the land: the dry land was filled with animals of all kinds. Now the Earth was ready: God made people in his own image. He made them male and female and put them in charge of the Earth and of every other creature on it and told them that all the green plants were theirs for food. God saw that all he had made was very good. On the next day he made nothing more because everything was completed. This seventh day God made holy, because on it he rested from his work. 

The story illustrates:

  • God’s role as Creator and his delight in what came into being.
  • The belief that human beings were created by God to relate to him and to share the responsibility of caring for the earth.

Bible References

Genesis 1:1-31 Genesis 2:1-4
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