Table of Contents
Part one: The Story of Creation
1 In the beginning there was nothing like what we know today. No man, no woman, no child and even no animal or plant, everything was without form because it had not yet been created.
Then the good GOD, LORD of the Universe, out of love determined to create the heavens and the earth, and so at the time when everything was still formless, the CREATOR said: “Let there be light”, and incredibly light that illuminated the darkness was created.
GOD saw that the light was a good thing, and so continued his work, separating light from darkness, calling the light Day and the darkness Night.
Evening arrived and then morning came, that was the first day of Creation that had just ended.
2 So GOD said, “Let there be a heaven, and let this heaven separate the waters that are below, with the expanses of waters that are above in heaven.” And so it came to pass, that the LORD called the heaven Paradise.
Evening arrived and morning came, that was the second day of Creation that had just ended.
3 And GOD said, “Let the waters under the heavens all be gathered together, and let the earth dry up and emerge from the waters.” And so it was done. GOD called the dry land “Earth” and the waters that had been gathered together “Seas.” And GOD saw that this was a good thing.
And the CREATOR continued saying: “Let the plants and the trees grow from the earth”. And so each plant emerged from the ground, the seeds multiplied, and each tree produced its own kind of fruit. GOD saw that this was a good thing.
Evening arrived and morning came, that was the third day of Creation that had just ended.
4 And GOD said, “Let there be lights in the firmament to separate the night from the day, and let them be used as signs to mark the seasons, the days, and the years. Let there also be lights in the sky to illuminate the earth at night.” And so it was done. Then GOD formed the two great lights for the earth, the sun and the moon. The greater one to rule the day and the lesser one to rule the night together with the stars. And GOD saw that it was good. And there was an evening and a morning, making the fourth day.
Evening arrived and morning came, that was the fourth day of Creation that had just ended.
5 And GOD said, “Let the waters bring forth many living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth, in the sky.”
And GOD also created great sea animals, all kinds of living creatures with which the waters abound, and all kinds of birds. And GOD saw that this was good, and blessed them, saying, “Fill up the waters of the seas, and let the birds increase in number on the earth.” And there was an evening and a morning, making the fifth day.
Evening arrived and morning came, that was the fifth day of the Creation that had just ended.
6 And GOD said, “Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures, cattle, creeping things, and wild animals.” And so it was done, creating all the different kinds of animals that are on the earth today. And GOD saw that this also was a good thing, so He decided to create a special being so He said: “Let man be created, and let him be created in My image, may He reign over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, over the cattle, over the wild animals and over all the living creatures that crawl on the earth.
GOD had just created man, similar in appearance to Himself, creating them both male and female.
The CREATOR blessed them and said to them, “Have children, increase in number, live in every corner of the earth and administer it, have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air and over all other living things.”
And GOD said, “See, I am giving you every kind of plant that grows on the earth, and every fruit tree with its seed, this will be your food. Just as to every wild animal and to every bird of the air and to other living things, I am giving for food every kind of plant and herb.” And so it was done.
And when GOD saw all that He had created, He saw that all of this was very good.
Evening arrived and morning came, that was the sixth day of Creation which had just ended.
7 The heavens and the earth were now completed and all that they contained had been created, so on the seventh day, when GOD had finished all His great work He rested. GOD thus blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, for in it He rested for all the work He had accomplished.
8 At the time when GOD created the heavens and the earth, there were not many trees or plants growing from the ground, because the CREATOR had not yet sent down the rain. There was no man to cultivate the earth, but a mist rose up from the earth and watered the ground.
Then GOD created a very special man, with earth taken
The LORD then planted a garden, far away in the East, and there from the earth he made all kinds of trees grow that were pleasant to the sight and good for eating, calling it Eden. In this magnificent place, it was also planted two extraordinary trees, the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Part Two: The First Covenant
1 Then GOD placed this enlightened being in the garden of Eden, to take care of it and to cultivate it, giving him only one command: “You may eat whatever you want from every tree in the garden, except from the Tree that gives the knowledge of good and evil, from this you shall not eat, for if you eat from this tree, you will surely die.” This was the first Covenant that the CREATOR made with man, Showing him how much, like a father to his son, he trusted him.
2 Then GOD seeing that man did not like to be in loneliness said, “It is not good for man to be alone, I will make something for him to keep him company.” So GOD created all the wild animals and the birds, and brought them to the man to see how he would call them; and by whatever name he decided to give them, every living creature took that name. But unfortunately for man no real company was found among all these that would make him truly happy.
3 Then GOD let the man fall into a deep sleep, and while he was sleeping, took one of his ribs and formed new limbs from it. The rib that he had taken from the man, GOD turned it into a woman and brought it to the man. By this time the man was truly pleased and no longer alone affirmed, “Because she was taken from my own body, she shall be called a woman.” NOTE n.1
4 The serpent was the most deceitful of all the animals that GOD had created. The animal said to the woman, “Has GOD really said that you must not eat from any tree in the Garden?” And the woman answered, “We can eat of the fruit of all trees in the Garden, except those of the Tree that is in the middle of the Garden, for the LORD has said that if we eat of its fruit, we shall surely die.
But the serpent, in order to make human beings disobey, said to the woman, “You will not die at all! In fact, as soon as you eat of it, your knowledge will increase tremendously! Why don’t you try it?”
When the woman saw that the Tree had good fruit to eat, and was beautiful to the eye and would make her wise, she took a piece of fruit and ate it, giving some of it also to her husband.
5 At that moment the eyes of both of them were opened, and they found themselves unclothed, naked. So they tied fig leave and made clothes to cover themselves.
At a certain moment they heard the sound of GOD’s footsteps walking in the Garden, and the man and his wife, fearing that they had disobeyed, went to hide themselves from Him among the trees.
Then GOD called the man and said to him, “Where are you?” and he answered, “I heard the sound of your footsteps in the Garden and I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself.” GOD said, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the Tree from which I have forbidden you to eat?” The man answered, “The woman whom You gave me as a companion offered me some, and I ate.” Then GOD said to the woman, “What you have done?” The woman answered, “Truly it was the serpent who deceived me and I ate of it.”
6 GOD addressing the snake said, “Because you have done this, you will be hated more than all the other animals. You shall crawl on your belly and eat the dust of the earth all your life; men and snakes shall be eternal enemies.
To the woman, however, he said, “I will increase your trouble and your sorrow; your husband shall be indispensable to you, and he shall watch over you.”
And to the man he said, “Because you have listened to your wife, eating from the tree from which I have forbidden you to eat, as long as you live you must earn your subsistence by heavy labor. Through hard work you shall gather food and eat, and your body shall return to the earth when your years on earth are completed, because from the dust you were taken, and to the dust you shall return.
7 Now that Adam and Eve had disobeyed, GOD the LORD, knowing that man had now become like a god, in knowing good and evil, was concerned that he might also eat from the fruit of the Tree of life, and live forever. So the man and his wife were cast out of the Garden of Eden, and GOD sent the cherubim to the east side of the Garden of Eden, to guard the way to the Tree of Life with their flaming swords.
Part Three: Cain and his brother Abel
1 Adam decided to call his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all human beings NOTE n. 2. Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel, the first was a shepherd, while Cain was a land farmer.
2 One day Cain brought, as a sacrifice and offering to GOD, some fruits and some grain he had harvested. Abel also presented a sacrifice by taking some of the best animals from his flock and sacrificed them to the LORD. GOD accepted Abel’s offering, but did not like Cain’s. NOTE n. 3
3 This made Cain very angry, and his face became sad and dark. Then GOD turned to Cain saying, “Why are you sad? If you do what is right and good, do you think your offering will not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right and good, sin will prepare to attack you, like a wild beast with its prey, and the desire to sin will win out over you. When you, on the other hand, have been called to control it.”
4 But Cain however, seemed over time to turn away from the advice of the Eternal GOD, and one day he invited his brother Abel into the fields, and once they were away, Cain hit his brother Abel, and killed him.
5 But GOD, the One whose nothing is hidden, asked Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He answered, “Why should I know? Am I not my brother’s keeper?” But GOD answered and said, “What have you done? Listen, the blood of your brother cries out to Me from the earth. Behold, from now on you will also be condemned by the same earth where your brother’s blood has been scattered because of you.” Whenever you work the soil, you will not strengthen yourself, but you will be wandering and traveling along the earth.”
6 Then Cain turned in repentance toward GOD, saying, “My punishment is more than I can bear; you have driven me out of this land now, and I can no longer worship you. I will go wandering, like a pilgrim on the earth, and whoever will meet me will desire to kill me.”
7 But the LORD said to him, “If anyone kills you, he will be punished seven times more than you were punished for the death of Abel.” NOTE n. 4 So GOD put a badge on Cain, to prevent anyone who met him from killing him NOTE n. 5, and he departed from the presence of GOD and lived as a wanderer, far from Eden.
8 The genealogy of Adam and Eve was very numerous; Adam lived nine hundred and thirty years and begat many sons and daughters. But there was one son in particular who was born in his own image, and he was called Set.
9 After Set the genealogy of the believers continued through Enos, the son of Set, and he too lived ninety years and begat Chenan. Chenan lived seventy years and begat Maalaleel, and Maalaleel lived sixty-five years and begat Iared. Iared lived a hundred and sixty-two years, and begat Enoch who lived sixty-five years and begat Metusela. Enoch, after he begat Metusela, walked with GOD lived three hundred sixty-five years begetting sons and daughters, and then disappeared, because the LORD took him with him.NOTE n. 6
10 Metuselah begat Lamech, and he was the patriarch who had the longest life on earth, nine hundred sixty-nine years, and then he died. Lamech was the father of Noah, and when his son was born he stated, “This child will comfort us from the toil of our hands because of the soil that the LORD has cursed.” And this very presage established the beginning of a great patriarch among believers, Noah.
Part Four: Noah’s Ark
1 Men had become very numerous on the earth’s surface, and it came to pass that the sons of GOD saw that the daughters of men were very beautiful, so they decided to choose some of them as wives. In that time the LORD decided to shorten the duration of men on earth, saying, “My Spirit will not argue forever about man, for he too is only flesh, his years therefore will be at most one hundred and twenty.”
2 At that time there were giants on the earth, and there were also later on, when the sons of GOD joined with the daughters of men, having sons by them. These were the mighty men who, from ancient times, became famous.
3 When GOD saw that men were becoming more and more evil in the world and that their thoughts were inclined to evil, he was very saddened and regretted having created man. That is why GOD decided to completely destroy all living things from the earth.
4 But Noah earned GOD’s favor, so the CREATOR said to Noah, “I have decided to end the lives of all living things, because the earth is full of their wickedness. I will wipe them out of the earth, but you and your family will be saved. Build an ark of cypress wood, and cover it inside and out with pitch. You will build the ark with upper and lower rooms and floors. I am about to bring rivers of water on the earth to destroy every living creature in which the Spirit of life is found.”
5 Then GOD said to Noah, “Enter with all your family into the ark, for I see that of all the people who are now alive only you are righteous. Take also with you all the beasts that are appropriate for food and sacrifices, take them both male and female, to keep every species alive. And after seven days I will send incessant rain on the earth, for forty days and forty nights, destroying every living thing that I have created.”
6 So Noah built the ark according to the instructions GOD had given him, and when the waters of the flood poured over the earth, he and his wife, along with his sons and his sons’ wives, and all the animals of the earth, the birds and everything that crawls on the ground, entered the ark.
7 The rain fell on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and the waters increased in abundance, lifting up the ark, and annihilating all the men and creatures who were not with Noah in the ark.
8 When the flood was over, the CREATOR blew a wind over the earth, the rain ceased, and the waters receded.
After forty days and forty nights Noah opened the window of the ark and sent out a raven, to see if it could find a dry place to rest its feet. Then he also sent out a dove, which, finding no place on dry land, returned to him in the ark, for the waters still covered all the earth. Noah stretched out his hand and put it back into the ark.
9 He waited an additional seven days and sent out again the dove from the ark. But this time the dove came in to him at sunset, and in her mouth was a newly sprouted olive branch. Noah understood that the waters were receding; he waited another seven days, and when he released the dove, it never returned.
10 So Noah with his wife and sons, and the wives of his sons came out of the ark, and once on the land he built an altar in honor of the LORD who had saved them, offering sacrifices of thanksgiving pleasant to GOD.
11 At that moment the CREATOR decided that he would never again punish the earth so harshly because of man, never again destroying every living creature, as he had done with the flood. As long as the earth exists, there will always be a time of sowing and a time of harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, for all this is good and shall not be ended.
12 GOD placed a solemn sign for the everlasting Covenant he made with man, placing the rainbow in the clouds to remind him of this agreement NOTA n. 7. GOD said, “Whenever the rainbow is visible on the earth, I will remember the Covenant and agreement between Me, man, and every living thing.”
So from that day on, and so it will be forever, the waters no longer destroyed the entire earth.
13 GOD blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “Grow and multiply and fill the earth. All the animals of the earth and all the birds of the air will fear you, for they have been given into your power, so with everything that crawls on the earth and all the fish of the sea. Everything that moves and has life will serve you as food, as well as the green herbs, but you will not be able to eat meat with its life, that is, with its blood.
The Story of the Tower of Babel
14 All the inhabitants of the earth learned one language, and so they pilgrimaged westward and found a wide valley in the land of Babylon, and there they began to settle in large numbers.
15 Then they said to one another, “Why don’t we build with bricks and mortar, a very high tower, the top of which will reach the sky; that way we will have a landmark, so that we won’t be scattered all over the earth.”
16 But when GOD came down to see the city and the tower that the men had built, He said, “They are like one people, and they all have one language.” This is but the beginning, and now nothing they are going to do will seem too difficult to them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language, so that they will not understand each other.”
17 So GOD scattered them from there over all the earth; and they stopped building the city. That is why they called it Babel, which means Confusion, because there GOD confused the language of all the peoples of the earth and scattered them all over the world.
Part Five: Abraham the Father of the Nations
1 Noah’s sons who came out with him from the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth, and Terah, a descendant of Shem, was the father of Abraham, Nahor and Haran.
2 GOD said to Abraham, “Leave your homeland, your relatives, and your father’s house to go into the land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation, bless you and make your name famous.”
3 So Abraham took Sarah his wife and departed, as GOD had commanded him, and Lot the son of his brother Haran, departed with them along with their possessions in the direction of the land of Canaan.
4 Abraham went through the land to a place called Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. There GOD appeared to Abraham, saying, “To your children I will give this land as an inheritance.” So Abraham in that place built an altar in honor of GOD who had appeared to him. From there he withdrew to the hill near Bethel where he set up his tent, and there too he built an altar to the LORD to pray to him.
5 Abraham became extremely wealthy in cattle, silver, and gold, and likewise Lot, he owned so many flocks, herds, and tents that the land was not rich enough to support both families of patriarchs.
6 One day a quarrel happened between Lot’s herdsmen and Abraham’s herdsmen, so Abraham said to Lot, “I beg you, let there be no argument between you and me, nor between my drovers and yours, for we are relatives. There are not the whole earth before us? I beg you, depart from me.” If you will go to the left, then I will go to the right, and if you decide to go to the right, then I will go to the left.”
7 So Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan, as far down to Zoar, was as fertile as the Garden of GOD. So Lot chose the whole Jordan valley for himself, and he lived in the cities of the plain and moved his tent as far as Sodom. But the men of Sodom were very wicked and sinned against GOD.
8 GOD said to Abraham, after Lot had departed from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from where you are to the north, south, east and west, for all the land you see, I will give it to you and your descendants forever.” GOD promised Abraham that his descendants would become like the dust of the earth, so numerous that they could not be numbered. And Abraham was glad of this blessing, and he raised his tents and went to dwell at the oaks of Mamre, which are in the city of Hebron, and there he built an altar in honor of the LORD.
9 Then GOD also manifested himself to Abraham near the oaks of Mamre. As he was sitting at the entrance to his tent, three men appeared before him, and as soon as he saw them, he rushed to offer him hospitality. He prostrated himself with his face to the ground, saying, “Lords, if you are willing please pass no further, entertain yourself by your servant. Let me bring you some water, wash your feet and rest in the shade of the trees, and I will bring you some food, so that you may be restored. Then you can go back on your way.” The men answered, “Do as you have said.”
10 So Abraham rushed to Sarah’s tent and said, “Quickly prepare four portions of a good meal, and knead and make bread buns.” Abraham went also to his cattle, took a tender and good calf, and gave it to the servant to cook it. And they all ate of it under the tree.
11 At one point the guests said, “Where is your wife? He said, “There, inside the tent.” So one of them proffered, “I will return to you in about nine months, and behold, Sarah, your wife will bear a son.”
Part Six: The story of Abraham continues
Abraham saves Lot
1 In those days there were many wars between the peoples of Sodom, Gomorrah and many other lands.
2 Some of the kings of those lands gathered in the valley of Siddim, the Salted Sea, and they prepared to move war in order to conquer other territories.
3 Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Adma, the king of Seboim, and the king of Bela, that is, Soar, went out and took up battle against those in the valley of Siddim: against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tideal king of the Goim, Amraphel king of Scinear, and Arioc king of Ellasar. Four kings against five others.
4 But the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah were defeated and fled. The victors took all the riches of Sodom and Gomorrah, all their provisions, and they also took Lot, the son of Abraham’s brother, and his possessions prisoner. Lot lived in Sodom.
5 But the information reached Abraham the Jew, who lived in the oaks of Mamre. When he heard that his brother had been taken prisoner, he armed three hundred and eighteen of his most trusted servants, born in his house, and pursued the kings as far as Dan. Abraham and his servants defeated those strong kings and also succeeded in recovering all of Lot’s men, women and people, leading them back to their land.
Abraham blessed by Melchizedek
6 When Abraham returned after defeating those kings, the king of Sodom went to meet him in the valley of Sheba, that is, the king’s valley.
7 Melchizedek, king of SalemNOTE n.1, had bread and wine brought in; he was a priest of the Most High GOD. He blessed Abraham, saying, “Blessed be Abraham by the GOD Most High, LORD of heaven and earth! 20 Blessed be the GOD Most High, who has delivered you from your enemies!” And Abraham gave him the tithe of everything.
8 The king of Sodom said to Abraham, “Give me only the people; the goods you can keep for yourself.” But Abraham answered the king, “I raised my hand to the LORD, the GOD Most High, master of the heavens and the earth, swearing that I would not take a single thread of cotton, nor a strap of sandalwood, of all that belongs to you. 9 It can never be said that Abraham got rich from someone else. Well, for me and my house I will take nothing, except sustenance, what the young men have eaten, and the share that belongs to the men who came with me-Aner, Escol, and Mamre. They shall take their share.”
Lot flees Sodom
10 The lament of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah reached GOD because of the terrible sins committed in that land. So GOD said, “I will go down and see if they really have acted in this abominable way.”
11 And their sins really turned out to be so evil that GOD decided to sterm that place and that people. But Abraham approached GOD and said, “Will You merciful LORD sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there are fifty people in the city who are righteous, will You sweep away and not spare those fifty righteous because of the wicked? By the justice of GOD, this is an impossible thing; the righteous cannot be killed with the wicked!
12 So GOD answered, “If I find in the city of Sodom fifty righteous people, I will spare the whole place for the sake of these righteous.”
13 So Abraham apologetically replied again, “I still dare to speak to GOD, even though I am nothing but dust and ashes, I ask you, Suppose five of the fifty righteous are missing. Would you wipe out the whole city for lack of only five?” GOD said, “Absolutely not, mon I will wipe it out if I find forty-five.”
14 And Abraham spoke again, and said, “What if there were only forty? He, the CREATOR answered, “For the sake of forty I will not.” But Abraham continued, “Oh, don’t be angry at GOD with me, let me speak again please. What if they find thirty?” GOD answered, “I will not, even if I find thirty.” 15 Abraham asked again, “You see that I have dared to speak to GOD again and again, but I wanted to ask you, what if I find only twenty?” The LORD answered, “For the sake of those twenty I will not destroy that land.” Then Abraham said for the last time, “Oh, that GOD would not be angry with His servant, but let me speak once more. What if I find ten?” GOD answered, “For the sake of those ten I will not destroy it.” But alas, the good people in that land did not reach even this paltry number.