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THE NAME MEANS "BEGINNINGS."
And the book answers some of life's biggest questions. Where did the universe come from? How can there be evil in a world a good God created? One of the biggest questions Genesis answers is whether or not God truly cares about the people he created. That question is answered when God promises to bless Abraham and all his descendants.
Genesis is also the story of how God's promises to Abraham were passed on to the generations after him. The people you will meet in Genesis don't always do what's right, but God keeps his promises to them. Just as he keeps his promises to you today.
Fundamentals What makes you and other people so special (Genesis 2:7)?
How do God's promises to Abraham affect you (Genesis 12:3)?
What sometimes makes brothers and sisters jealous (Genesis 37:3)?
What is the best way to treat people who hurt you (Genesis 50:20)?
Genesis doesn't give a date for creation.
Famous people in Genesis? Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph.
Today's Jews are descended from Abraham's son Isaac.
Today's Arabs are descended from Abraham's son Ishmael.
Moses wrote this book about 1400 B.C.
1 The Beginning In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning-the first day.
6 And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." 7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning-the second day.
9 And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning-the third day.
14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. 16 God made two great lights-the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning-the fourth day.
10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."
18 The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."
19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said,
"This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman,' for she was taken out of man."
24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
3 The Fall of Man Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"
2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"
4 "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, "Where are you?"
10 He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."
11 And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"
12 The man said, "The woman you put here with me-she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it."
13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?"
The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent," Because you have done this,
"Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring a and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
16 To the woman he said,
"I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."
17 To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,'
"Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."
20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.
5 And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.
6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. 7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons 'wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. 8 Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, 9 male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month-on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.
13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. 14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. 15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. 16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.
17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet. 21 Every living thing that moved on the earth perished-birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.
24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.
8 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. 2 Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. 3 The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, 4 and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5 The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.
6 After forty days Noah opened the window he had made in the ark 7 and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. 9 But the dove could find no place to set its feet because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. 10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. 12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
13 By the first day of the first month of Noah's six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. 14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.
15 Then God said to Noah, 16 "Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 17 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you-the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground-so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number upon it."
18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives. 19 All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds-everything that moves on the earth-came out of the ark, one kind after another.
20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
22 "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease."
9 God's Covenant With Noah Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
4 "But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man.
6 "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man.
7 As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it."
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Posted July 24, 2004
I went to a Lab School at Jumonville and I really didn't know to much about the Bible. Some of my friends at met at this camp had this Bible and I checked it out. Now I am here buying this Bible because it really helps you a lot.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted December 28, 2003
This is a really cool bible! It's awesome for teens, espesially if you're a new christian. My favorite part is the 'Dear Sam' column where it has letters from teens writing about their problems or questions. I also like the 'Jericho Joe' cartoons.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 29, 2003
I've spent a lot of time perusing youth bibles, and this is by far my favorite. I used an earlier edition when I was a teenager, and this edition is even better. I definitely recommend it for teens wanting a better understanding of Christ and youth directors looking for a great resource.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 19, 2003
10/19/03 I got this bible at church because Kindergarten and 6th graders get a new bible as part of their Christian Education. I really like this bible. I've been reading it some already and have found the 'Jericho Joe' section quite funny + the 'Dear Sam Advice Column' quite interesting. I recomend this bible to any 12 year old + seeking gods advice and help during hard times, times you feel scared,upset or just want some time away from moms and dads who just won't give you any air or PRIVACY!!! THIS IS THE BEST BIBLE EVER!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 17, 2002
I really enjoy this Bible. I especially enjoy the side notes refering to different scriptures. Once I bought it all of my friends wanted one! THE TEEN STUDY BIBLE (NIV)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 10, 2002
This Bible is THE bible for teens it directs every life issue you can think of. I am thirteen and this bible had helped me with it's 20 colored pages and special features designed just for teens. A great gift idea.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 16, 2002
Before i read this Bible i didn't really know a whole lot about God and his word. It helped me to better understand it and to live a better life as a true Christian. The introductions to the books were very nice because it gave you an inside look at the book and how you could relate to it. Also i really enjoyed the colored pages on certain topics, the direct lines and the fast facts. This bible is easy to understand and very helpful if you want to learn more about God.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted June 29, 2002
I was looking for a bible appropriate for a teenage member of my family and since this one was listed as the most often purchased, I thought it would be a great gift. However, after reading through a copy that a friend bought for her child, I decided against this book. While the concept is truly important and needed for teens, the book contains narrowly defined interpretations of the Bible and in some places the opinions of the authors are given as interpretation of the Bible, when in fact they represent misinformation about what the Bible says. The God presented in this book is a vengeful God. I prefer that my family know a loving and compassionate God.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 3, 2001
This Teen Bible is great. It has all you need or want to know about being a teenager. It is writen to keep teens understanding it. I say teens 12-15 shold keep this bible and read at least 2-3 connected verses a day!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 21, 2001
This is the best bible I've ever had. It's great for today's teen. I'm 14 and am in serch of God more than I have ever been. It has all the answers and is easy to read. God and I have become a lot closer to each other since I bought this Bible. It helps me become a little more interested in God and who he is. It's one of the best bibles for teens who have questions about certain issues in life that the Teen Study Bible answers in depth. It's great. Get one and read it. It has so many insites on how to live a better life with God!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted July 3, 2001
I am a Sunday School teacher for an age group of 10-13 year olds. Being saved as an adult can be confusing & I was in search of a Bible that kept the Gospel simple for my youth, yet applicable and easy for them to grasp what 'Thus says the Lord'. The concordance & topic pages that pulled out 'real' day to day situations and topics makes this bible a real 'must buy' for any parent, teacher, etc. to present the gospel to the youth at their levels, with problems, situations, etc. - that whether we like it our not - our youth are dealing with from day to day. It's time to equip our youth with the TRUTH according to the Word of God and direct them how to apply God's Word now so that they can understand how to apply God's word to their lives & grow up mightier & stronger in the Lord.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 7, 2001
This is the best bible I have ever read. Before i ordered this bible the bible was boring. But after i got this bible. I like the bible. And i could understand the bible. If you want anything, you should get this bible. The best part about is that every page that might be hard for teens to understand. They add a summary of the thing so the teens understand it. This is the best bible for teens. Men really get it. No lie.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 28, 2000
I was given this bible two years ago as a gift and I absolutely love it. It really helps when I'm doing biblical research or just looking for an answer for a problem I may be having. This bible is great.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2000
Posted April 6, 2000
Most of the teenagers I know have this bible it makes everything easy to understand and I enjoy the 'Dear Sam' letters in the bible. If you are looking for a good bible for your teenager I would recommend this bible to you and your teenager.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.