Genesis 1

 

1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

 

Genesis 1

 

2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

 

Genesis 1:2 (HERALD_)

 

It is extremely interesting to examine this Scripture statement, a literal translation of which is given at the head of this section. "And the Spirit of God was brooding (as a bird does over its nest) continually upon the face of the waters." The sacred writer does not attempt fo supply any data as to WHEN the Spirit of God actually introduced life into the waters. The picture portrayed allows for life at any time the waters were ready to receive it, and the fossil record, contained in the Book of Books will be the authority to which we can appeal on this interesting point.

 

The picture revealed by the Hebrew is very suggestive and picturesque. A bird first searches around and gradually gathers together the heavier sticks and twigs for the frame of its nest. Then it gathers the lighter material, as well as hair and downy feathers, for the inside lining. Later on, when the nest is completed, the eggs are deposited and the warmth of the bird’s body conveyed to the eggs. In due course the young life appears.

 

Hebrew scholars point out that even this splendid picture does not do justice to the text. The English translator’s continual use of the word "and" throughout the early verses in the Authorized text was an attempt to convey the idea of continuity of action, a continuity which lasted throughout long geological eras. All the time when the earth was unformed and void of life—all the time of the so-called chaos, when the farkness was upon the face of the deep—during this long period the Spirit of God hovered or brooded continually, just as a bird does over its nest. In other words, all that time, which man has described as chaotic, the all-wise Creator was superintending the processes by his Spirit of Wisdom: the hot earth-mass with its projections and deep foundations, the ocean’s birth and restraint, and the cooling process. So the Spirit of God watched and worked continually, throughout the Paleozoic era, until the time came when the Architect could pronounce the work "good."

 

The picture of the brooding bird, as supplied by the Hebrew text, gives us a clue which suggests to us how the early Phoenicians and others came to belief that all life came from an egg. However, let us not forget the fact that the Hebrew writer has placed this most illuminating phrase in his statement of creation just at that position where, in the geological column, the scientists are most anxiously searching for an explanation for the abundant varied and specialized life that is manifest in the early fossil record of the Paleozoic era. Walter Beasley, Creation’s Amazing Architect, pp. 64. 65

 

Now the Hebrew phrasing here conveys the idea of emptiness. Varfious attempts have been made to translate two Hebrew words—"without form and void" (Authorized Version); "an empty waste" (Knox)’ "unformed and void" (Jewish translation); "void and empty" (Douay).

 

Professor M. D. Goldman of the School of Semitic Studies in the University of Melbourne, has informed us that in a study of cognate words in Arabic, the phrase could be translated "brightness and desert," which is a figure of speech of some such idea as "a bright waste" or "glowing emptiness." The sacred writer seems to be presenting us with a picture of the time when, according to the modern scientists, the earth was an empty glowing waste and certainly with no form of life. Walter Beasley, Creation’s Amazing Architect, p. 35

 

The Genesis story, however, now presents us with a very important fact. We are told that the Hebrew text implies that the "deep" became "turbulent" or "roaring." We have already seen from the Job narrative that the water vapors condensed and filled the ocean beds. But in the Genesis account the earth-mass was still hot, "darkness was upon the face of the roaring deep," and we can imagine perhaps a boiling ocean with enormous clouds of heavy gases rising continually. The thunder and lightning and intense darkness which belonged to this period would have been terrifying indeed. Walter Beasley, Creation’s Amazing Architect, p. 58

 

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3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

 

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4  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

 

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5  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

 

Genesis 1:5 (HERALD_)

 

Here are other references tht can be checked by the reader, and which certainly call for a period far beyond daylight, or 24 hours.

1. Job 18:20 "They that come after him shall be astonished at his day."

2. Psalm 137:7 "In the day of Jerusalem."

3. Psalm 95:8 "The day of temptation in the wilderness." 4. Isaiah 11:10-16 "In that day ... a root of Jesse." See also Proverbs 16:4; 21:31; Isaiah 2:11,12, 17-20; 4:1, 2; 10:20. These are only a few of many references which could be used, but it will be seen that the word is frequently used of a period of time and cannot always be confined to 24 hours. Let us further consider some of these references. The four quoted above will suffice for our purpose. 1. The whole life-time of man is compressed into a "yom" or "day" in much the same manner as modern people use the term. 2. The "day" of Jerusalem, according to the context, no doubt refers to the period of 70 years when Jerusalem went into captivity in Babylon. 3. The "day" here is defined by the context, verse 8 to 10, as one of "40 years," yet it is also referred to as a "day of temptation in the wilderness" for the children of Israel who had left Egypt under the leadership of Moses. 4. Here is a reference to the "day" when the root of Jesse shall be glorious. Six verses are used to describe the events belonging to the work of Lord in this "day" when he restores his people and blessings will come to other nations. >From these references we realize that the Hebrew "yom"—translated "day"—can have a meaning which indicates: (1) unequal periods of daylight; (2) a 24-hour day; (3) a long period of time. Walter Beasley, Creation’s Amazing Architect, pp. 127, 128

 

Genesis 1

 

6  And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

 

Genesis 1

 

7  And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

 

Genesis 1:7 (HERALD_)

 

Not only had our atmospheric mixture to be carefully adjusted to terrestial life but the correct mixture of nitrogen and oxygen has to be maintained throughout the ages or else terrestial inhabitants would cease to exist. All these things required not only the planning of an Architect and the wisdom of a Creator but also the expert mind of one who was a very efficient manufacturing chemist. Some confusion has been caused by the translators of the Authorized Version using the word "firmament." Now this word, rightly or wrongly, has sometimes been given a specialized meaning. We have been told that the ancients regarded the "firmament" as being more or less a metal arch or dome in the heavens which had holes punched into it to allow the rain through. Whatever view the Babylonians or other people had at the time of Christ is no concern of ours and must not clouyd the truth. We are concerned with the meaning of the word in the original language of those who wrote the Scriptures. The Hebrew word "raqiya" comes from a root meaning to "stamp out," or in another form means "to spread out by striking." We get the idea in the noun of something "spread out" or "stretched out" after having been fashioned by the Maker. The word expanse or atmosphere is now used as conveying this meaning. It is something spread over the earth. Another idea is given in Isaiah 40:22. Here we have the thought of the limitation of the expanse or atmosphere. It is as a "tent to dwell in." "It is he ... that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in." It is interesting to realize that our atmosphere is spread out like a blanket or tent around the solid earth. The following facts should therefore be of interest to us. Out atmosphere is said to have a mass of 5,500 million tons and this extends upward to between 200 and 300 miles. If all this atmosphere were of uniform density, as it is at sea level, it would be only aou five miles thick, but the pressures are not uniform, and so living things cannot exist beyond about four miles without artificial means. When human beings go to the fringe of the "tent" or expanse of atmosphere they must take a supplementary supply of oxygen with them, or die. Walter Beasley, Creation’s Amazing Architect, pp. 73-75

 

The sacred writer distinguished between two sets of waters, those which lie underneath the expanse or atmosphere, and those which lie upon the expanse. The water underneath are, of course, the oceans. These comprise waters in a liquid form. But the atmosphere bears the load of other waters which are in a gaseous form and are carried by the movements (wind) of the atmosphere. Some is just invisible water vapor, and some becomes visible as clouds. It is a very picturesque way of stating a simple fact to say that the expanse or atmosphere is the medium which maintains a separation between these two types of water. Probably little thought is given by modern people to the tremendous amount of water suspended invisibly over their heads. Water is continually being turned to vapor and lifted up into the atmosphere by the sun, then the wind moves that moisture over to the land areas (see Ecclesiastes 1:6, 7). We do not always see the movement of this water, as it is so well distributed throughout the atmosphere. The average moisture content is about four grains of water to a cubic foot, and it is visible in the atmosphere only when in cloud form. Commander D. J. Mares, one time Commonwealth meteorolgist in New South Wales, has given figures to illustrate this fact. He estimated that in January, when the moisture content of the atmosphere over Australia is greatest, we have floating over the whole Commonwealth, and unseen by human eyes, an average of 1,092 billion tons of moisture, or over a million million tons. Walter Beasley, Creation’s Amazing Architect, pp. 76, 77

 

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8  And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

 

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9  And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

 

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10  And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

 

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11  And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

 

Genesis 1:11 (HERALD_)

 

Genesis Verses 11-12

 

It was not until dry land appeared and permanent fresh-water supplies were abundant upon the earth’s surface that the plant world found its suitable conditions by which it could develop higher structures and/or great variety of forms. Prof. W. Hochlin, The Building of Australia and the Succession of Life, Vol. 1, p. 47 (1930)

 

The Hebrew word translated "grass" in our Authorized Version comes from a root which means "to sprout," "to shoot." In later times the word was used for ordinary grass but, strictly, any plant that shoots out of the earth could be described as "deshe" or "sproutage." One of the earliest types of vegetation known to us (rhynia) had a root growth similar to our mountain bracken, and the fronds sprouted out from these roots. It was quite fitting for the writer to say, "Let the earth bring forth sproutage;" this idea is certainly supported by the discovered fossils. Walter Beasley, Creation’s Amazing Architect, p. 84

 

The sacred writer also described another type of vegetation, viz. Plants which develop seeds. He carefully noted in the next phrase that these seeds reproduced "after their kind." It was God’s purpose in his creation of living things—germs, microbes, fungi, trees, fish, mammals, and men—that each variety should reproduce "after their kind." The early geological layers have not yet revealed fossils which show the development of land plants from seaweeds as desired by the evolutionist. It might be well to mention here that Luther Burbank, in writing about modern plants, speaks of the "miracle of the pollen" (Luther Burbank, vol.ii, p. 232). He points out that we cannot fertilize apple seed with the pollen of a pear tree, nor roses with the pollen from any other plant. The Creator has placed a barrier within the pollen of each family of plants, and we cannot see in the fossil record any interbreeding between "foreign" groups of plants. However, we may use the pollen of plants in the same group or family and thus have a great variety within a group. Walter Beasley, Creation’s Amazing Architect, pp. 84, 85

 

Facts concerning the fossils of the Cretaceous Period have played a worse trick on the scientists! Bees, wasps, and other insects, which were necessary for the fertilizing of the modern flowers, arrived in the same era as the plants and their flowers. Dr. D. H. Scott, M.A., LLD, The Evolution of Plants, p. 42

 

The creationists really have the laugh on the evolutionists. Why bees, wasps, and other insects necessary for the pollination of flowers should arrive without giving some kind of warning is incomprehensible to evolutionists becauses it advertises design and a designer. The make the evolutionist satisfied these well-organized honey-gatherers and their friends should have left some fossilized primitive ancestors in earlier layers, so that every step or mutation in the unfolding process could be observed by us today. Walter Beasley, Creation’s Amazing Architect, p. 114

 

Their are other facts, however, which should add to the confusion of the evolutionists. They observe that land animals have arrived by the next era (known as the Cainozoic) and discover that the grasses and cereals upon which these beasts were to live and thrive arrived in the geological period before the animals. Prof. R. C. Moore, Historical Geology, p. 505

 

The creationists see in all this the well-thought-out plan of an all-wise Cretaor. Naturally, it would be useless to create or evolve animals before their food, but quite logical for food (grasses) to be created before the animals, as happened in the case under review. The bees, wasps, and other fertilizing insects give the same testimony and proclaim it as loudly as their fossil remains can. It was arranged by the Great Designer and Architect that these creatures should arrive with the flowers upon which they were to work. One without the other would be practically useless. Walter Beasley, Creation’s Amazing Architect, pp. 114, 115

 

1. "The era of ancient life arrived abruptly and without warning" (The Science of Life, vol. ii, p. 453, Wells and Huxley). 2. "It was highly organized and differentiated" (The Building of Australia, vol. i, p. 42, Prof. W. Howchin). 3. "Diversified and not so simple as the evolutionst would hope to find it" (Prehistoric Life, Prov. Percy Raymond). 4. They have not the simplicity of structure that would naturally have been looked for" (Manual of Geology, 4th ed., p. 487, Prof. James Dana). 5. "They are perfect of their kind, and highly specialized structures" (Manual of Geology, 4th ed., p. 487, Prof. James Dana). 6. "There are no steps from simple kinds leading up to corals, echinoderms, worms" (Manual of Geology, 4th ed., p. 487, Prof. James Dana). 7. "Nor steps from these groups to brachippods, mollusks, trilobites, or crustaceans" (Manual of Geology, 4th ed., p. 487, Prof. James Dana). 8. "The creationists seem to have the better of the argument" (Quarerly Review of Biology, Smithsonian Institute, Dec. 1928, Austin H. Clark). 9. The fauna of the Cambrian was in essentially the same form as that in which we now know it" (Quarerly Review of Biology, Smithsonian Institute, Dec. 1928, Austin H. Clark). 10. "They are most intensely modern themselves in the zoological sense" (Foundation of Zoology, p. 216, W. K. Brooks). Walter Beasley, Creation’s Amazing Architect, p. 63

 

It is admitted by modern scientists that they are unable to say how life came to the earth. It is also an enigma to them that a great burst of diversified life sould be found in the waters of the Cambrian period without first revealint its many connecting precursors.

 

Messrs. Wells and Huxley also looked at the difficulty caused by the silence of the fossil record and the sudden appearance of specialized life, and bcause the fossil evidence did not agree with the theory which demanded slow organic modification and evolutional progress, they made a "tentative" and "speculative" bridge out of comparative anatomy and embryology to span a time gap usually estimated by geologists of at least 500 million years (The Science of Life, vol. ii, pp. 441, 442, Wells and Huxley). Walter Beasley, Creation’s Amazing Architect, pp. 63, 64

 

Anyone can see that honey bees are much like bumble bees, that bees resemble flies more than they do spiders, and that spiders are more like lobsters than like clams. But when we attempt to relate phyla, which by definition are groups of animals with fundamentally different body plans, there is little we can say with certainty ... the fossil record ... is of practically no use in relating the phyla to each other. Ralph Buschbaum, Animals Without Backbones, vol. xi, Pelican Series, p. 363

 

Genesis 1

 

12  And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

 

Genesis 1

 

13  And the evening and the morning were the third day.

 

Genesis 1

 

14  And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

 

Genesis 1

 

15  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

 

Genesis 1

 

16  And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

 

Genesis 1:16 (HERALD_)

 

Today, as we closely checked the language used by the Hebrew writer, we find that his statements fit perfectly with the discovered facts. The English Authorized translation of this story of Creation is not quite exact enough when placed alongside a scientific investigation of fossil facts. As we go back to the literal Hebrew we get the perfect picture conveyed to Moses that the Holy Spirit intended us to have. In the past, as men read the Authorized Version translation (1611) of the Creation story, they very naturally but erroneously thought that the work of God in the fourth "day" referred to the creation of the sun and the moon. We now see from the Hebrew, as well as from the geological records, that this interpretation was wrong for several reasons. 1. The Hebrew words used in verse 16 and translated "made" (Hebrew, asah) does not mean "to create" but one of its meanings is "to appoint." We now understand that the work of God on the fourth "day" was giving a new appointment to the sun and the moon. Henceforth they were appointed to "dominate" or "rule" in the atmosphere. They had not dominated in the previous (Carbiniferous) period. 2. We have already noticed in verses four and five that in the first "day" God divided between the light and "the darkness." The sun was in its place in the heavens from "the beginning" of the first "day," as maintained by astronomers and geologists and as indicated by the Genesis writer in verses four and five. 3. Yet another fact assists us. We have already surveyed the work of the Creator in the third "day"—the era of very luxuriant vegetation, when light and heat from the sun was necessary to enable the vegetation to grow rapidly. We know that without the sun’s light and warmth, plant life could not exist. But we now learn that in this era of luxuriant vegetation, the sun, though present in the heavens, dod NOT "dominate" or "rule" in the atmosphere. The conditions required for the rapid, uninterrupted growth of vegetation were humid, cloudy, swampy conditions, with plenty of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. When God saw that the world had a large supply of coal he altered the conditions, and an altogether new era—noted in both sacred and scientific records—dawned. 4. There is a further important point to be noted. Verse fourteen in the Authorized Translation now reads: "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night." But from the Hebrew text it would be just as correct to render this as follows, "And God said, Let the lights which are in the firmament of the heaven divide the day from the night."

 

There is a great difference, in our understanding, of these two renderings. As it stands at present, the Authorized Translation, which reads, "Let there be lights," implies that there were NO LIGHTS in the firmament at that time and therefore God placed them there in that day. The Hebrew text, however, can be read to imply that the lights were alread in their position at that time—"Let the lights (which are) in the heavens"—and that God was merely giving them a new appointment. This latter reading of the Hebrew would therefore agree with the scientific facts noted by the geologists in the tremendous climactic changes observed towards the close of the Paleozoic era and the beginning of the new era, known as the Mesozoic, when great monsters and flying things arrived. Walter Beasley, Creation’s Amazing Architect, pp. 96, 97

 

Genesis 1

 

17  And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

 

Genesis 1

 

18  And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

 

Genesis 1

 

19  And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

 

Genesis 1

 

20  And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

 

Genesis 1:20 (HERALD_)

 

In the phrase quoted above, the Hebrew word "sharats," translated "bring forth abundantly," literally means "swarm with swarms." This expression is also used in the Bible referring to the plagues at the time of the exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt. On that occasion frogs "swarmed" everywhere—in the fields, houses, beds, and even interfered with the making of bread (see Exodus 9:3). Keeping in mind the sacred writer’s introductory description of the life of the new era, it is very interesting to note Prof. Howchin’s summary concerning the life that now appeared. He says: "The reptilia greatly increased in numbers, specialization, and physical form. They took possession of the land, the fresh waters, the sea, and the air, and attained a maximum of development for the race which made the Mesozoic era" (Prof. W. Howchin, The Building of Australia, vol. ii, p. 337). Walter Beasley, Creation’s Amazing Architect, pp. 106, 107

 

The Genesis writer now introduces us to something vastly different from the ponderous, slow-moving monsters which crept upon the land and lived in the shallow waters. He speaks further of creatures that move "which the waters brought forth abundantly." The Hebrew word for "moveth" is "ramas" and it means "to move lightly," "to glide about," "to glide swiftly." The word for "brought forth abundantly" conveys the idea of "to swarm" or "to teem," so that we may translate: "And God created great monsters and every swiftly gliding living creature with which the waters swarmed."

 

We find that the description given is by no means accidental. The scientists picture some enormous sea creatures, as Mososaurus, Plesiosaurus, and Ichtyosaurus (Swinton and Pinner, The Corridor of Life, pp. 167-77, 1948) all of which attained great lengths and had one special feature, a very rapid seal- like movement through the waters. About 100 different kinds of Plesiosaurus have been found in various parts of the world, differing in length from three feet to forty feet (Hillary Stebbing, Extinct Animals, Puffin Series, p. 8). Many fossil Ichtyosaurus have also been found. These moved through the waters by means of a fexible tail more than the use of their "paddles." As many as seven fossilized babies were found in the skeleton of a mother Ichtyosaurus, shown that their young were born alive as are baby whales (A. S. Romer, Man and the Vertebrates, p. 116). Dr. Herbert Ryle, Dean of Westminster (1914), when writing about the words used by the writer of Genesis, said: "The Hebrew word translated "moveth" denotes a gliding swift movement of the fish for which there is no adequate English equivalent" (Dr. Herbert Ryle, Cambridge Bible, Genesis, p. 15). It is interesting for us to notice first that the word "fowl," as used by early translators, does not do justice either to the Hebrew text or to the other creatures created in this era. Among the animals discovered we find a great many that did not possess feathers, but had wings of skin, something like bats. These peculiar flying things were called by the scientists Pterodactyls, which mneans "wing finger," so called because of the fingers of each wing (Bertha Morris Parker, Animals of Yesterday, University of Chicago Series, pp. 8, 30). These creatures were not birds but flying reptiles, some of which measured 25 feet across the wings. However the first created birds also belong to this era. The complete skeleton of one, known as Archeopteryx, or "ancient wing," has ben discovered (Bertha Morris Parker, Animals of Yesterday, University of Chicago Series, pp. 21, 22). From their claws and teeth it is thought that this kind may have lived on fish. It is said to have been a little smaller than a crow and to have had a long tail, the feathers of which spread out like a fan. Notice particularly that the sacred writer did not say, "Let birds fly," but rather, "Let flying things fly!" It is true that birds did fly in this era, and this statement if used, would have been correct but not complete. It was necessary to use words which would include other flying creatures besides birds, such as, for instance, the Pterodactyls (flying reptiles.) Walter Beasley, Creation’s Amazing Architect, pp. 109-111

 

The Hebrew word "tanninym," translated "monsters" can be explained as "a stretched-out long thing, like a serpent." W. E. Bennett, The Century Bible, Genesis, p. 81

 

"God created whales" is the reading of the Authorized Version (1611). The Hebrew word, however, does not specify "whales," but sea or land "monsters" (Hebrew "tanniynim), and when translated literally means, "God created great monsters." It is readily accepted by all geologists that the great monsters or reptiles were the outstanding features of the era prior to animals and man. When translating in 1611, a "whale" was the biggest "monster" then known, and this wrong interpretation of the sea monsters was given, and under the circumstances could not be easily corrected. It is these incorrect presentations of the Creator’s work that make modern scientific men turn from the Bible narrative, for they give not only an unscientific idea but also suggest a wrong order in the creation of life by naming a whale (mammal) as arriving with the first flying things and reptiles. Walter Beasley, Creation’s Amazing Architect, pp. 95, 96

 

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21  And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

 

Genesis 1

 

22  And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

 

Genesis 1

 

23  And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

 

Genesis 1

 

24  And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

 

Genesis 1

 

25  And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

 

Genesis 1

 

26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

 

Genesis 1:26 (HERALD_)

 

Genesis 1, verses 26-27

 

Quite recently, excavating on behalf ot the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, at a place called Jarmo, near Kirkuk in Mesopotamia, Prof. R. J. Braidwood laid bare the remains of what he has been pleased to record as "the earliest village life of mankind in Asia" (Prof. R. J. Braidwood, Sumer, vol. vii, 1951).In the layers he has uncovered is the site of a very early village. All the details paraded by him are exazctly those every student with faith in the Bible would expect. The professor is able to tell us that agriculture was practiced and that domestication of animals is recognizablke from the bones of young sheep and goats. The sitre covers about three acres and has about eight levels. The upper levels contained sherds of early portable pottery, while the lower two-thirds were pre-ceramic levels in which flints and sickle blades were in abundance (Prof. R. J. Braidwood, Jarmo, Antiquity, Dec. 1950). Needless to say, Jarmo is situated near the area of two of the rivers mentioned in the "Eden" story. Almost a sensation has been created by the date (5270-4630 B.C.) arrived at by using the latest C-14 carbon method. (Prof. R. J. Braidwood, Jarmo, Antiquity, Dec. 1950). Walter Beasley, Creation’s Amazing Architect, pp. 137, 138

 

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27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 

Genesis 1

 

28  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

 

Genesis 1

 

29  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

 

Genesis 1

 

30  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

 

Genesis 1

 

31  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

 

Genesis 2

 

1  Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

 

Genesis 2

 

2  And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

 

Genesis 2

 

3  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

 

Genesis 2

 

4  These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,

 

Genesis 2

 

5  And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

 

Genesis 2

 

6  But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

 

Genesis 2

 

7  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

 

Genesis 2

 

8  And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

 

Genesis 2

 

9  And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

 

Genesis 2

 

10  And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.

 

Genesis 2

 

11  The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;

 

Genesis 2

 

12  And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.

 

Genesis 2

 

13  And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.

 

Genesis 2

 

14  And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.

 

Genesis 2

 

15  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

 

Genesis 2:15 (HERALD_)

 

Moses, being in Egypt, fleeing into the wilderness, then returning and delivering his people, pictures Christ—Head and Body. The church is in the wilderness durimg the Gospel Age.

 

Leo Post, Study, 5/16/59

 

Genesis 2

 

16  And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

 

Genesis 2

 

17  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

 

Genesis 2

 

18  And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

 

Genesis 2

 

19  And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

 

Genesis 2

 

20  And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

 

Genesis 2

 

21  And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

 

Genesis 2

 

22  And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

 

Genesis 2

 

23  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

 

Genesis 2

 

24  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

 

Genesis 2

 

25  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

 

Genesis 3

 

1  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

 

Genesis 3

 

2  And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

 

Genesis 3

 

3  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

 

Genesis 3

 

4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

 

Genesis 3

 

5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

 

Genesis 3:5 (HERALD_)

 

No earth-born cloud, not even the thickness of a leather sole, should separate us from contact with God and his service. We should put off all that separates us.

 

Edward Lorenz, Discourse, 7/5/59

 

Genesis 3

 

6  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

 

Genesis 3

 

7  And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

 

Genesis 3

 

8  And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

 

Genesis 3

 

9  And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

 

Genesis 3

 

10  And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

 

Genesis 3

 

11  And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

 

Genesis 3

 

12  And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

 

Genesis 3

 

13  And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

 

Genesis 3

 

14  And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

 

Genesis 3

 

15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

 

Genesis 3

 

16  Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

 

Genesis 3

 

17  And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

 

Genesis 3

 

18  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

 

Genesis 3

 

19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

 

Genesis 3

 

20  And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

 

Genesis 3

 

21  Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

 

Genesis 3

 

22  And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

 

Genesis 3

 

23  Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

 

Genesis 3

 

24  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

 

Genesis 4

 

1  And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

 

Genesis 4

 

2  And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

 

Genesis 4

 

3  And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

 

Genesis 4

 

4  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

 

Genesis 4

 

5  But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

 

Genesis 4

 

6  And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

 

Genesis 4:6 (HERALD_)

 

Verses 6-7

 

See comment on Psalm 74:11 from discourse by John A. Meggison, 8/31/58.

 

Genesis 4

 

7  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

 

Genesis 4

 

8  And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

 

Genesis 4

 

9  And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?

 

Genesis 4

 

10  And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

 

Genesis 4

 

11  And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;

 

Genesis 4

 

12  When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

 

Genesis 4

 

13  And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

 

Genesis 4

 

14  Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

 

Genesis 4

 

15  And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

 

Genesis 4

 

16  And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

 

Genesis 4

 

17  And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.

 

Genesis 4

 

18  And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.

 

Genesis 4

 

19  And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

 

Genesis 4

 

20  And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.

 

Genesis 4

 

21  And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

 

Genesis 4:21 (HERALD_)

 

But he God can allow or hinder events without interfering with the free will of any individual, and without becoming responsible for his government.

 

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Genesis 4

 

22  And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

 

Genesis 4

 

23  And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.

 

Genesis 4

 

24  If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

 

Genesis 4

 

25  And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

 

Genesis 4

 

26  And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

 

Genesis 5

 

1  This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

 

Genesis 5

 

2  Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

 

Genesis 5

 

3  And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:

 

Genesis 5

 

4  And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:

 

Genesis 5

 

5  And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

 

Genesis 5

 

6  And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:

 

Genesis 5

 

7  And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters:

 

Genesis 5

 

8  And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.

 

Genesis 5

 

9  And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan:

 

Genesis 5

 

10  And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters:

 

Genesis 5

 

11  And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.

 

Genesis 5

 

12  And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel:

 

Genesis 5

 

13  And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters:

 

Genesis 5

 

14  And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.

 

Genesis 5

 

15  And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared:

 

Genesis 5

 

16  And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters:

 

Genesis 5

 

17  And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.

 

Genesis 5

 

18  And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:

 

Genesis 5

 

19  And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

 

Genesis 5

 

20  And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.

 

Genesis 5

 

21  And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:

 

Genesis 5

 

22  And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

 

Genesis 5

 

23  And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:

 

Genesis 5

 

24  And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

 

Genesis 5

 

25  And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech:

 

Genesis 5

 

26  And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:

 

Genesis 5

 

27  And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.

 

Genesis 5

 

28  And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:

 

Genesis 5

 

29  And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.

 

Genesis 5

 

30  And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:

 

Genesis 5

 

31  And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.

 

Genesis 5

 

32  And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

 

Genesis 6

 

1  And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

 

Genesis 6

 

2  That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

 

Genesis 6

 

3  And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

 

Genesis 6

 

4  There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

 

Genesis 6

 

5  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

 

Genesis 6

 

6  And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

 

Genesis 6

 

7  And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

 

Genesis 6

 

8  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

 

Genesis 6

 

9  These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

 

Genesis 6

 

10  And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

 

Genesis 6

 

11  The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

 

Genesis 6

 

12  And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

 

Genesis 6

 

13  And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

 

Genesis 6

 

14  Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

 

Genesis 6

 

15  And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.

 

Genesis 6

 

16  A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.

 

Genesis 6

 

17  And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.

 

Genesis 6

 

18  But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

 

Genesis 6

 

19  And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.

 

Genesis 6

 

20  Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.

 

Genesis 6

 

21  And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.

 

Genesis 6

 

22  Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

 

Genesis 7

 

1  And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

 

Genesis 7

 

2  Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.

 

Genesis 7

 

3  Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

 

Genesis 7

 

4  For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

 

Genesis 7

 

5  And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.

 

Genesis 7

 

6  And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.

 

Genesis 7

 

7  And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.

 

Genesis 7

 

8  Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,

 

Genesis 7

 

9  There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.

 

Genesis 7

 

10  And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

 

Genesis 7

 

11  In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

 

Genesis 7

 

12  And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

 

Genesis 7

 

13  In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;

 

Genesis 7

 

14  They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.

 

Genesis 7

 

15  And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.

 

Genesis 7

 

16  And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.

 

Genesis 7

 

17  And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.

 

Genesis 7

 

18  And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.

 

Genesis 7

 

19  And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.

 

Genesis 7

 

20  Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

 

Genesis 7

 

21  And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:

 

Genesis 7

 

22  All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.

 

Genesis 7

 

23  And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

 

Genesis 7

 

24  And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.

 

Genesis 8

 

1  And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;

 

Genesis 8

 

2  The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;

 

Genesis 8

 

3  And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.

 

Genesis 8

 

4  And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

 

Genesis 8

 

5  And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.

 

Genesis 8

 

6  And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

 

Genesis 8

 

7  And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

 

Genesis 8

 

8  Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;

 

Genesis 8

 

9  But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.

 

Genesis 8

 

10  And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;

 

Genesis 8

 

11  And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.

 

Genesis 8

 

12  And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.

 

Genesis 8

 

13  And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.

 

Genesis 8

 

14  And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.

 

Genesis 8

 

15  And God spake unto Noah, saying,

 

Genesis 8

 

16  Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.