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NKJV Apply the Word Study Bible, Large Print
Live in his Steps
By Thomas Nelson
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2016 Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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The First Book of Moses CalledGENESIS
GENESIS SETS THE STAGE for everything that follows by taking us back to the beginning — the very beginning — of everything. Even though the Bible is made up of sixty-six books, it is actually one book presenting one complete story — the greatest story ever told. By exploring Genesis, we begin this account at the appropriate place: the beginning.
The book's earliest chapters provide background that make sense of the words and actions to come. Chronologically, the first three chapters of Genesis tell at least one-third of the Bible's story. Chapters 4–11 present the drama of human history up to about 2000 B.C.
The word genesis means "origin." This title is closely related to the first words in the book: "In the beginning" (Gen. 1:1). Origination is a major theme of Genesis. It narrates the start of ...
The universe (Gen. 1). The eternal God created a universe of space and time. Genesis declares what happened without necessarily detailing how it happened, so we can trust the account even as we encounter different ideas about the mechanics involved. Because God created the earth and its creatures, everything in the world belongs to Him. He reigns over the earth, and there He accomplishes His purposes.
People (Gen. 1–2). God created human beings in His image. In its description of Eden, Genesis lets us glimpse God's original intent for us, how we were meant to relate to Him, to each other, and to our world. It shows that God designed us to carry out His work in the world, giving the gift of work prior to humanity's fall into sin, and that the mandate to serve continues after the Fall.
Evil and sin (Gen. 3). When God made the world, He declared it "very good" (1:31). But evil entered this perfect creation when Adam and Eve chose to disobey (3:1–7). Genesis reveals the tragic consequences of their choice, showing that sin gives people an appalling ability to misuse every good thing, unleashes difficulties in all human relationships, brings shame and guilt, and eventually results in death.
Salvation and redemption (Gen. 3, 12). God's ultimate response to sin would one day come through Jesus' death on the cross. Immediately following the Fall, God acted to rescue His world and its people. His words to Adam and Eve hinted at His plan (3:15), and the remainder of Genesis outlines how He began to work through Abraham and his descendants to bless all the people of the earth (12:3). Genesis shows that God's will, purpose, and grace continue to operate even in this broken world.
Genesis also begins to reveal the nature and character of God, showing Him as thoroughly good and without beginning. God always has been and always will be. Genesis 1:1 shows us how God already exists at the start of all things.
The God we meet at the opening of Genesis is known as Elohim, a plural form of a Hebrew word that reflects the fact that God is a triune God — three Persons in one Being — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each of whom is God. Thus God in His very nature exists in relationship, and He does His work in partnership (see "The Divine Partnership" at John 1:1–3).
The theme of the Trinity, or God in relationship, persists throughout Scripture. Among its most important implications is this: God's grace is not merely an individual or personal blessing. Because we are made in His image, He intends for us to make His blessings available to our communities — as Genesis shows — to a world of families, tribes, and nations. In Genesis, God began ...
Families (Gen. 2, 4). God created people as male and female, and established the institution of the family. Families in Genesis, as throughout the Bible, are not just relatives living under one roof. Families are bonded together across generational and geographic lines.
Cities (Gen. 4). God established the rule of law, which led to the founding of the world's first city. Genesis shows that cities originated as a civilizing influence and means of protection.
Nations (Gen. 10). The nations are a product of God's grand design. Genesis shows Him working out a plan that reaches to all the peoples of the world.
Israel (Gen. 12). The nation of Israel resulted from the faith and obedience of Abraham when God enabled Abraham and his wife Sarah to produce a son through whom Israel was born (15:1–6; 18:10–15). Genesis discloses the origins of this nation and its special place in God's far-reaching plan.
Genesis covers more time than all of the rest of the Bible as it moves from ancient prehistory (Gen. 1–11) to the death of Joseph in Egypt around 1800 b.c. (50:26). From the earliest traditions, the Pentateuch — the first five books of the Bible, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy — has been attributed to Moses (Lev. 1:1, 2; Neh. 13:1; Luke 24:27). To find out more about this man regarded as Israel's greatest prophet (Deut. 34:10), see his profile at Exodus 2:10.
The Land of Genesis
Most of the Genesis narrative takes place in three locations:
The region of the Tigris and Euphrates River valleys, also known as the Fertile Crescent (Gen. 1–11).
Canaan (Gen. 12–36).
Egypt (Gen. 37–50).
Key Events in Genesis
God creates the universe (Gen. 1–2).
God pronounces the curse after Adam and Eve's sin (Gen. 3:14–19).
Cain murders Abel (Gen. 4:1–15).
Noah follows God's instructions to build an ark to save his family and the animals from the Flood (Gen. 6–9).
People attempt to build the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:1–9).
God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 18–19).
God commands Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac (Gen. 22).
Jacob dreams about a ladder to heaven (Gen. 28:10–17).
Joseph's father gives him a coat of many colors (Gen. 37:1–4).
Joseph's brothers conspire to kill him, sell him into slavery, and lie about it (Gen. 38:18–36).
Joseph rises to power in Egypt and saves the nation from famine (Gen. 41:37–57).
The History of Creation
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was a on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
6 Then God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." 7 Thus 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. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.
9 Then God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.
14 Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so. 16 Then 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. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 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. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20 Then God said, "Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens." 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth." 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24 Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind"; and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all a the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
29 And God said, "See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food"; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
2 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
4 This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 5 before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; 6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.
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 being.
Life in God's Garden
8 The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10 Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is Hiddekel; a it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.
15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
18 And the Lord God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him." 19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
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."
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
The Temptation and Fall of Man
3 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?"
2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'"
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
8 And they heard the sound 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 among the trees of the garden.
9 Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?" 10 So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because was naked; and I hid myself."
11 And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?"
12 Then the man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate."
13 And 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, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."
16 To the woman He said:
"I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you."
17 Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it':
"Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return."
20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
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Table of Contents
ContentsAbbreviations of Books of the Bible, vi,
Foreword to the NKJV Apply the Word Study Bible, vii,
Preface to the New King James Version, ix,
1 Samuel, 453,
2 Samuel, 506,
1 Kings, 549,
2 Kings, 602,
1 Chronicles, 648,
2 Chronicles, 692,
Song of Solomon, 1052,
1 Corinthians, 1813,
2 Corinthians, 1839,
1 Thessalonians, 1898,
2 Thessalonians, 1904,
1 Timothy, 1909,
2 Timothy, 1919,
1 Peter, 1966,
2 Peter, 1975,
1 John, 1980,
2 John, 1989,
3 John, 1991,