World Was New
When Time Began
To begin with, God made the earth
and space. The earth had no shape.
There was nothing on it. It was
dark. But God's Spirit floated above
"Let's have some light," said God.
The light glowed. God saw that
the light was good. He named it
"day." He named the dark "night."
So evening came. Then morning
came. That was the first day.
Then the second day came. "Let's
have some wide, open air around
the earth," said God. "It will keep
the water below away from the
water above." So God made this
space. He named it "sky."
The third day came. God said,
"Let the water below come together.
Let dry ground show."
So the water came together. God
named it "sea." The dry ground
showed. God named it "earth."
Then God said, "Let the earth
grow different kinds of plants and
trees. Let plants and trees make fruit
with seeds. And let the seeds make
more plants and trees. These will be
like the ones they came from."
So plants grew. God saw that this
The fourth day came. God said,
"Let lights shine in the sky. They
will show day and night. They will
show seasons, days, and years. They
will bring light to earth."
Two bright lights shone. The sun
for the day and the moon for the
night. God put stars in the sky, too.
Then the fifth day came. God
said, "Let animals fill the water. Let
birds fly across the sky."
Then God made every kind of sea
animal. He made every kind of bird.
And he saw that this was good. He
said, "Let the fish make more fish
like themselves. Let the birds make
more birds like themselves."
The sixth day came. God said, "Let
all kinds of animals come to life."
So God made all kinds of wild
animals. He made all the animals
that move on land. Each animal was
able to make more animals like itself.
And God saw that this was good.
Then God said, "Let's make
people to be like us. They can be in
charge of the fish and birds and
cows. They can take care of the
earth and all the animals."
So God made people like himself.
First he made a man from dust.
Then God breathed life into Adam,
and he came alive.
God told Adam, "I'm giving you
all plants that have seeds. I'm giving
you all trees that have fruit with
seeds. This is your food. And I'm
giving all green plants to the
animals for food."
Then God looked at everything
he had made. He saw that it was
So the earth and space were
made. God finished making
everything by the seventh day. Then
he rested from his work. God said
the seventh day is good and special.
It is holy. That's when he rested
from making everything.
Now God had planted a garden in
Eden. It was in the East. God had
put beautiful fruit trees in the
Garden. Two different trees grew in
the middle of the Garden. There
was a tree of life. And there was a
tree of knowing good and bad.
A river flowed out of the Garden
of Eden. It parted to make other
rivers. One was the Pishon River. It
winds through a land that has gold.
Another was the Gihon River. Two
more were the Tigris River and the
God put Adam in the Garden of
Eden. Adam could work there and
take care of the Garden. God said,
"You may eat fruit from the trees.
But you may not eat from the tree of
knowing good and bad. You will
die if you eat from that tree."
Then God said, "It's not good for
Adam to be alone. I'll make a helper
Now God had made all the
animals. So he showed them to
Adam. He wanted to see what Adam
would call them. An animal's name
became whatever Adam called it.
Adam named all the animals.
But God didn't find any animal
that was able to help Adam. So God
made Adam go to sleep. Adam slept
very deeply. Then God took one rib
from Adam. He made a woman
God showed the woman to
Adam. Adam said, "I will call her
'woman' because she came from a
Adam and his wife did not wear
clothes. But they did not feel bad
The Snake's Trick
Now the snake was tricky. He
talked to the woman. "Did God say
not to eat fruit from the trees?"
"No," she said. "We may eat fruit.
Just not from the tree in the middle
of the Garden. God said we can't
even touch that tree. We'll die if
"You won't die," said
the snake. "God knows
that the fruit will make
you wise. Just like God.
You will know good and
The woman looked at
the fruit. It was very pretty.
It looked like it would taste
good. Since she thought it
would make her wise, she
ate some. Adam was with
her. So she gave some to
Adam, too. And
he ate it.
away they saw they had no clothes
on. All of a sudden, they felt bad. So
they made clothes out of fig leaves.
Then they heard a sound they
knew. It was God walking in the
Garden. He came at the cool time of
day. The man and woman hid
among the trees.
"Where are you, Adam?" called
"I heard you," said Adam. "But I
hid because I was scared. I didn't
have any clothes on."
"Why do you feel bad about
that?" asked God. "Did you eat the
fruit I said not to eat?"
"My helper gave me fruit from
that tree," said Adam. "So I ate it."
Then God asked Adam's helper,
"What did you do?"
"The snake lied to me," said the
woman. "I ate the fruit."
Then God spoke to the snake.
"Now you will be the lowest animal
in the world. You'll crawl on your
belly. You'll taste dust all your life.
The woman will hate you. Her child
will hate yours. You'll bite at his heel.
But he will pound on your head."
God told the woman, "You will
have children. But there will be pain
when you have a baby. And your
husband will be in charge of you."
God told Adam, "You listened to
your wife. You did not obey me.
"You'll eat the plants that grow in
the field. But you'll have to work
hard to get anything to grow. There
will be lots of weeds."
Adam named his wife Eve. Then
God made clothes out of animal
skin. He gave them to Adam and
Eve. "Adam knows good and bad
now," said God. "We can't let him
eat from the tree of life, too. If he
does, he will live forever."
So God sent Adam and Eve out of
the Garden. Then he put angels at
the east side of the Garden. He also
put a sword of fire there. It flashed
back and forth. Now no one could
get to the tree of life.
The First Children
Sometime later, Eve had a baby. She
and Adam named him Cain. Then she
had another baby. She named him
Cain and Abel grew to be young
men. Cain worked as a farmer. He
grew fruit. Abel took care of sheep.
He was a shepherd.
One day Cain took some of his
fruit. He gave it as a gift to God.
Abel took some of his best sheep.
He gave them as gifts to God.
God said that what Abel gave
him was right. But what Cain gave
him was not. Cain got mad, and he
"Why are you mad?" asked God.
"Why are you frowning? Do the
right thing. Then I'll like what you
bring me. But what if you don't do
the right thing? Then sin will wait at
your door. Sin wants to catch you.
But you must not let it get to you."
Now Cain asked Abel to go out to
the field with him. While they were
there, Cain killed Abel.
God said to Cain, "Where is Abel,
"I don't know," said Cain. "Do I
have to keep track of my brother?"
"What did you do?" asked God.
"I know what happened. You're in
trouble from now on. You will try to
farm the land. But it won't grow
food. You will have to move around
from place to place."
"This is too much!" said Cain. "I
can't farm the land anymore! I will
be hidden from you. I will have to
move around from place to place.
Anybody who finds me will kill me."
"If they do, they'll be in trouble,"
said God. So he put a mark on Cain.
Then no one who saw him would
Cain left. He went east to live in
the land of Nod.
Now Adam and Eve had another
son. They named him Seth. "This
child will take Abel's place," said Eve.
A World under Water
More children were born. They
grew up and had children. And
their children grew up and had
But God saw that people had
turned bad. Everything they thought
of was bad. It made God's heart hurt.
"I will get rid of people," he said.
"I'll get rid of people and animals.
I'm sorry I ever made them."
But God was happy with Noah.
That's because Noah did what was
right. He trusted God.
Noah had three sons. Their names
were Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
God told Noah, "I'm going to get
rid of people. They are mean and
hateful. So make a big boat, an ark.
"Make it out of wood. Cover it
with tar inside and out. Make it 450
feet long. Make it 75 feet wide and 45
feet high. Make a window in it. Put a
door in the side. Build a bottom
deck, a middle deck, and a top deck.
"I will bring flood water to cover
the earth. I will get rid of everything.
So bring two of every animal
into the ark. Bring all kinds of food
in. You can feed yourselves and the
Noah did everything God told
him to do.
Then God said, "Take your whole
family into the ark. Take seven of
every animal I tell you to take. Take
two of the other animals. Next week
I will send rain."
So Noah and his wife went into
the ark. His sons and their wives
went into the ark. The animals also
went into the ark, two by two.
A week passed. Then the flood
water came. But God had shut the
door behind Noah. Rain kept falling
for 40 days and 40 nights. The water
got higher and higher. The ark
began to float.
Soon the water covered all the
mountains. Everything living on the
earth died. But God didn't forget
Noah and his family. He didn't
forget all the animals on the ark.
Rain stopped falling. God sent
wind to blow across the earth. The
water began to go down.
After 150 days, the water had
gone down a lot. The ark landed on
the Ararat Mountains. Soon the
water was down even more. Other
mountain tops showed.
the ark. He let
a raven fly out.
It kept flying
let a dove
Noah wanted to see if the water was
off the ground. But the dove
couldn't find a place to land. There
was too much water on the ground.
So she flew back to the ark.
Noah held out his hand. The dove
landed on it. And Noah took her
back into the ark.
A week passed. Then Noah let the
dove fly out again. The dove came
back that evening. She had a fresh
leaf from an olive tree in her beak!
So Noah knew the water had gone
down. Trees were showing.
A week later Noah let the dove
fly out again. This time she didn't
Then Noah opened the door of the
ark. He looked out. He saw that the
flood water was going down. Two
months later, the ground was dry.
God said, "You may all go out of
So Noah and his family went out.
All the animals went out. Then
Noah made a big pile of rocks. It
was an altar for worshiping God.
Noah put some fresh meat on it as a
gift to God.
God said, "I'll never get rid of all
living things again. There will
always be a time to plant. There will
always be a time to pick the crops.
There will always be cold and heat.
There will always be summer and
winter. There will always be day
and night. These will be around as
long as the earth lasts."
God said, "Have children and fill
the earth. You are in charge of the
animals now. I'm making a promise
to you and all the animals. It's a
promise that will last forever. I'll
never get rid of everything by flood
"Here is the sign that shows my
promise is true," said God. "I am
putting a rainbow in the clouds. I
will remember my promise when I
see the rainbow."
After some time, there were many
people in the world. Everyone
spoke the same language. Some of
the people moved to a flat land.
"Let's make some bricks," said the
people. "Let's stick them together
with tar. Let's build a city and a
tower. We will build the tower as
high as the sky. Then everyone will
know who we are. That will help us
stay together as a group."
But God saw the city and the
tower. He said, "These people speak
the same language. So they can plan
together to do many things like this.
Let's mix up their language. Then
they won't understand each other."
So God gave them different
languages. Then the people stopped
building. They did not stay
together. They went here and there
around the earth.
Everyone called the city Babel.
That's because God mixed up their