Biblical Commentary

  • Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a

    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. On the seventh day God finished his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

  • Genesis 1:1-5

    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. On the seventh day God finished his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

  • Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7

    Now the serpent was more subtle than any animal. He told the woman, "You won't surely die, for God knows that in the day you eat it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

  • Genesis 2:18-24

    Yahweh God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him."

  • Genesis 3:8-19

    When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit, and ate; and she gave some to her husband with her, and he ate.

  • Genesis 6:9-22; 7:24; 8:14-19

    Noah was a righteous man. God said to Noah, "The end of all flesh has come before me, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make a ship of gopher wood."

  • Genesis 9:8-17

    God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying, "I will establish my covenant with you: all flesh will not be cut off any more by the waters of the flood, neither will there ever again be a flood to destroy the earth."

  • Genesis 11:1-9

    The whole earth was of one language. They said, "Come, let's build ourselves a tower whose top reaches to the sky, and let's make ourselves a name, lest we be scattered abroad on the surface of the whole earth."

  • Genesis 12:1-4a

    Now Yahweh said to Abram, "Get out of your country, and from your relatives, and from your father's house, to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation.

  • Genesis 12:1-9

    So Abram went, as Yahweh had spoken to him. Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed out of Haran.

  • Genesis 15:1-6

    Abram believed Yahweh, and Yahweh reckoned it to Abram as righteousness.

  • Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

    Yahweh made a covenant with Abram, saying, "To your seed I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates."

  • Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-3

    Abraham said about Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah. But God came to Abimelech in a dream, and said, "Behold, you are a dead man, because the woman whom you have taken is a man's wife."

  • Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

    God told Abram, "I will establish my covenant between me and you and your seed after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God to you and to your seed after you."

  • Genesis 18:1-15

    Abraham showed great hospitality to three men (who were messengers of God). They told him that Sarah would conceive a son, even thought they were both old. Sarah laughed.

  • Genesis 18:20-32

    Abraham asked God, "Will you consume the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous within the city? Be it far from you to kill the righteous with the wicked. May that be far from you. Shouldn't the Judge of all the earth do right?"

  • Genesis 21:1-21

    Yahweh visited Sarah as he had said, and Yahweh did to Sarah as he had spoken. Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

  • Genesis 22:1-14

    God tested Abraham, saying, "Take your son, your only son, whom you love, even Isaac, and go into the land of Moriah. Offer him there for a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will tell you of."

  • Genesis 22:1-18

    Yahweh told Abraham, "Because you have not withheld your son, your only son, I will bless you greatly. I will multiply your seed greatly like the stars of the heavens, and like the sand which is on the seashore."

  • Genesis 22:1-2, 9-18

    Yahweh told Abraham, "Because you have not withheld your son, your only son, I will bless you greatly. I will multiply your seed greatly like the stars of the heavens, and like the sand which is on the seashore."

  • Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67

    Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah's tent, and she became his wife. He loved her. Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

  • Genesis 25:19-34

    Esau said to Jacob, "Please feed me with that red stew, for I am famished." Jacob said, "First, sell me your birthright." Esau said, "Behold, I am about to die. What good is the birthright to me?" He sold his birthright to Jacob.

  • Genesis 28:10-19a

    Jacob dreamed. Behold, a stairway set upon the earth, and its top reached to heaven––the angels of God ascending and descending on it. Yahweh stood above it, and said, "The land whereon you lie, to you will I give it, and to your seed."

  • Genesis 29:15-28

    Laban had two daughters. The name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and attractive.

  • Genesis 32:22-31

    Jacob wrestled with a man until the breaking of day. When the man saw that he didn't prevail against Jacob, he touched the hollow of his thigh, and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was strained, as he wrestled.

  • Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28

    Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age, and Israel made him a coat of many colors. His brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more than all his brothers, and they hated him, and couldn't speak peaceably to him.

  • Genesis 45:1-15

    Joseph wept aloud. He said to his brothers, "I am Joseph!?" His brothers were terrified at his presence. Joseph said "Don't be grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life."

  • Genesis 50:15-21

    Joseph said to his brothers, "Don't be afraid, for am I in the place of God? You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to save many people alive. Therefore don't be afraid. I will nourish you and your little ones." He comforted them.