Genesis 1:3
New International Version
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

New Living Translation
Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

English Standard Version
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Berean Study Bible
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

King James Bible
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

New King James Version
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

New American Standard Bible
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

NASB 1995
Then God said, “Let there be light"; and there was light.

NASB 1977
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

Amplified Bible
And God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

Christian Standard Bible
Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

American Standard Version
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And God said, “The light shall be”, and the light was.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And God said, Let there be light, and there was light.

Contemporary English Version
God said, "I command light to shine!" And light started shining.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And God said: Be light made. And light was made.

English Revised Version
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Good News Translation
Then God commanded, "Let there be light"--and light appeared.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then God said, "Let there be light!" So there was light.

International Standard Version
God said, "Let there be light!" So there was light.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And God said: 'Let there be light.' And there was light.

Literal Standard Version
and God says, “Let light be”; and light is.

NET Bible
God said, "Let there be light." And there was light!

New Heart English Bible
And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

World English Bible
God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

Young's Literal Translation
and God saith, 'Let light be;' and light is.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The First Day
2Now the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.…

Cross References
2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Genesis 2:4
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made them.

Psalm 33:6
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the stars by the breath of His mouth.

Psalm 33:9
For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm.


Treasury of Scripture

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

God.

Psalm 33:6,9
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth…

Psalm 148:5
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.

Matthew 8:3
And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

Let.

Job 36:30
Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.

Job 38:19
Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,

Psalm 97:11
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.









THE CREATIVE DAYS.

(3) And God said.--Voice and sound there could be none, nor was there any person to whom God addressed this word of power. The phrase, then, is metaphorical, and means that God enacted for the universe a law; and ten times we find the command similarly given. The beauty and sublimity of the language here used has often been noticed: God makes no preparation, He employs no means, needs no secondary agency. He speaks, and it is done. His word alone contains all things necessary for the fulfilment of His will. So in the cognate languages the word Emir, ruler, is literally, speaker. The Supreme One speaks: with the rest, of hear is to obey. God, then, by speaking, gives to nature a universal and enduring law. His commands are not temporary, but eternal; and whatever secondary causes were called into existence when the Elohim, by a word, created light, those same causes produce it now, and will produce it until God recalls His word. We have, then, here nature's first universal law. What is it?

Let there be light: and there was light.--The sublimity of the original is lost in our language by the cumbrous multiplication of particles. The Hebrew is Yhi or wayhi or. Light is not itself a substance, but is a condition or state of matter; and this primaeval light was probably electric, arising from the condensation and friction of the elements as they began to arrange themselves in order. And this, again, was due to what is commonly called the law of gravitation, or of the attraction of matter. If on the first day electricity and magnetism were generated, and the laws given which create and control them, we have in them the two most powerful and active energies of the present and of all time--or possibly two forms of one and the same busy and restless force. And the law thus given was that of gravitation, of which light was the immediate result.

Verses 3-5. - The evolution of the cosmos was accomplished by a series of Divine formative works which extended over a period of six successive days. In the character of those cosmic labors a progression is distinctly visible, though not continuous throughout Unless, with Aristotle, the celestial luminaries are regarded as ζῶα λογικά, and so classed in the category of organized and living beings, it is impossible to find in their production an advance upon the preceding vegetation. Arbitrary transpositions of the days, as of the third and fourth, in order to make the first half of the creative week an inorganic, and the second half an organic, era, are inadmissible. The arrangement of the days that accords most exactly with the requirements of the case, and most successfully preserves the order and connection of the record, is that which divides them into two triads (Lange, Kalisch, Dana, etc.), as exhibited underneath: -

1. Light.

2. Air, Water.

3. Dry Land and Plants. . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
And God
אֱלֹהִ֖ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

said,
וַיֹּ֥אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“Let there be
יְהִ֣י (yə·hî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

light,”
א֑וֹר (’ō·wr)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 216: Illumination, luminary

and there was
וַֽיְהִי־ (way·hî-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

light.
אֽוֹר׃ (’ō·wr)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 216: Illumination, luminary


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