Genesis 1

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1 Alguses lõi Jumal taeva ja maa.

2 Maa oli tühi ja paljas ja pimedus oli sügavuse peal ja Jumala Vaim hõljus vete kohal.

3 Ja Jumal ütles: 'Saagu valgus!' Ja valgus sai.

4 Ja Jumal nägi, et valgus oli hea, ja Jumal lahutas valguse pimedusest.

5 Ja Jumal nimetas valguse päevaks ja pimeduse ta nimetas ööks. Siis sai õhtu ja sai hommik - esimene päev.

6 Ja Jumal ütles: 'Saagu laotus vete vahele ja see lahutagu veed vetest!'

7 Ja nõnda sündis: Jumal tegi laotuse ja lahutas veed, mis olid laotuse all, vetest, mis olid laotuse peal.

8 Ja Jumal nimetas laotuse taevaks. Siis sai õhtu ja sai hommik - teine päev.

9 Ja Jumal ütles: 'Veed kogunegu taeva all ühte paika, et kuiva näha oleks!' Ja nõnda sündis.

10 Ja Jumal nimetas kuiva pinna maaks ja veekogu ta nimetas mereks. Ja Jumal nägi, et see oli hea.

11 Ja Jumal ütles: 'Maast tärgaku haljas rohi, seemet kandvad taimed, viljapuud, mille viljas on nende seeme, nende liikide järgi maa peale!' Ja nõnda sündis:

12 maa laskis võrsuda haljast rohtu, seemet kandvaid taimi nende liikide järgi, ja viljapuid, mille viljas on nende seeme, nende liikide järgi. Ja Jumal nägi, et see oli hea.

13 Siis sai õhtu ja sai hommik - kolmas päev.

14 Ja Jumal ütles: 'Saagu valgused taevalaotusse eraldama päeva ööst! Tähistagu need seatud aegu, päevi ja aastaid,

15 olgu nad valgusteks taevalaotuses, valgustuseks maale!' Ja nõnda sündis:

16 Jumal tegi kaks suurt valgust: suurema valguse valitsema päeval ja väiksema valguse valitsema öösel, ning tähed.

17 Ja Jumal pani need taevalaotusse, et nad valgustaksid maad

18 ja valitseksid päeval ja öösel ja eraldaksid valguse pimedusest. Ja Jumal nägi, et see oli hea.

19 Siis sai õhtu ja sai hommik - neljas päev.

20 Ja Jumal ütles: 'Vesi kihagu elavaist olendeist, ja maa peal lennaku linnud taevalaotuse poole!'

21 Ja Jumal lõi suured mereloomad ja kõiksugu elavad olendid, kellest vesi kihab, nende liikide järgi, ja kõiksugu tiibadega linnud nende liikide järgi. Ja Jumal nägi, et see oli hea.

22 Ja Jumal õnnistas neid ja ütles: 'Olge viljakad ja teid saagu palju, täitke mere vesi, ja lindusid saagu palju maa peale!'

23 Siis sai õhtu ja sai hommik - viies päev.

24 Ja Jumal ütles: 'Maa toogu esile elavad olendid nende liikide järgi, kariloomad ja roomajad ja metsloomad nende liikide järgi!' Ja nõnda sündis:

25 Jumal tegi metsloomad nende liikide järgi, ja kariloomad nende liikide järgi, ja kõik roomajad maa peal nende liikide järgi. Ja Jumal nägi, et see oli hea.

26 Ja Jumal ütles: 'Tehkem inimesed oma näo järgi, meie sarnaseks, et nad valitseksid kalade üle meres, lindude üle taeva all, loomade üle ja kogu maa üle ja kõigi roomajate üle, kes maa peal roomavad!'

27 Ja Jumal lõi inimese oma näo järgi, Jumala näo järgi lõi ta tema, ta lõi tema meheks ja naiseks.

28 Ja Jumal õnnistas neid, ja Jumal ütles neile: 'Olge viljakad ja teid saagu palju, täitke maa ja alistage see enestele; ja valitsege kalade üle meres, lindude üle taeva all ja kõigi loomade üle, kes maa peal liiguvad!'

29 Ja Jumal ütles: 'Vaata, mina annan teile kõik seemet kandvad taimed kogu maal, ja kõik puud, mis kannavad vilja, milles on nende seeme; need olgu teile roaks!

30 Ja kõigile loomadele maa peal ja kõigile lindudele taeva all ja kõigile roomajaile maa peal, kelles on elav hing, annan ma kõiksugu haljast rohtu toiduks.' Ja nõnda sündis.

31 Ja Jumal vaatas kõike, mis ta oli teinud, ja vaata, see oli väga hea. Siis sai õhtu ja sai hommik - kuues päev.

Genesis 2 →
   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Arcana Coelestia 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, ...

Apocalypse Explained 257

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 402


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 246, 300, 476, 478, 480, 670, 709, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 200, 414

Conjugial Love 132, 156

Divine Love and Wisdom 11, 18, 287, 358

Divine Providence 123, 328

Sacred Scripture 14, 103

Heaven and Hell 137

The Last Judgment 20

True Christian Religion 20, 34, 46, 48, 364, 490


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 229, 294, 401, 513, 526, 527, 555, ...

Canons of the New Church 45

Charity 91

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 23, 25, 28

De Verbo (The Word) 14

Spiritual Experiences 1973, 1974, 5605, 6110

Marriage 20, 34, 46, 48, 71

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:



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Word/Phrase Explanations

jumal
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...

maa
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.

pimedus
"Darkness" is a state without light. "Light" is truth from the Lord, so "darkness" represents a state where truth is lacking. Here's a cogent passage...

ütles
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

valgus
Nov. 4, 1879: Thomas Edison filed a patent for a long-burning light bulb. Nov. 5, 1879: The light bulb was universally accepted as the symbol...

hea
It seems rather circular to say that “good” in the Bible represents good, but in a general sense it’s true! The case is this: The...

päev
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...

Õhtu
Since the light and warmth of the sun represent the Lord’s wisdom and love, it makes sense that evening, a time when the light and...

hommik
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...

veed
'Waters' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...

all
Generally speaking things that are seen as lower physically in the Bible represent things that are lower or more external spiritually. In some cases this...

rohi
Every herb in the Word signifies some species of scientifics. 'Herb bearing seed,' as mentioned in Genesis 1:29, signifies every truth which regards use. 'Green...

seeme
'A seed' signifies love, and everyone who has love, as in Genesis 12:7. 8:15, 16. 'A seed' signifies faith grounded in charity. 'A seed' signifies...

taimed
Every herb in the Word signifies some species of scientifics. 'Herb bearing seed,' as mentioned in Genesis 1:29, signifies every truth which regards use. 'Green...

kolmas
'Three' denotes fullness, and 'a third,' not full.

päeva
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...

kaks
The number "two" has two different meanings in the Bible. In most cases "two" indicates a joining together or unification. This is easy to see...

öösel
The sun in the Bible represents the Lord, with its heat representing His love and its light representing His wisdom. “Daytime,” then, represents a state...

tähed
'Stars' signify the knowledge of truth and good. 'Stars' are frequently mentioned in the Word, and always signify goods and truths, but in an opposite...

Maad
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.

neljas
The number "four" in the Bible represents things being linked together or joined. This is partly because four is two times two, and two represents...

vesi
'Waters' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...

linnud
Fowl signify spiritual truth; a bird, natural truth; and a winged thing, sensual truth. Fowl signify intellectual things. Fowl signify thoughts, and all that creeps...

täitke
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.

meie
Angels do give us guidance, but they are mere helpers; the Lord alone governs us, through angels and spirits. Since angels have their assisting role,...

oma
In many cases, the spiritual meaning of "own," both as a verb and as an adjective, is relatively literal. When people are described as the...

puud
'Trees,' in general, signify the perceptions when discussing the celestial self, but when related to the spiritual church, they signify knowledges. A person in the...

hing
The nature of the soul is a deep and complicated topic, but it can be summarized as "spiritual life," who we are in terms of...

Vaata
To look,' as in Genesis 18:22, signifies thinking, because seeing denotes understanding. Look not back behind thee,' as in Genesis 19:17, means that Lot, who...

kuues
Like most numbers in the Bible, "six" can have various meanings depending on context, but has a couple that are primary. When used in relation...

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Resources for parents and teachers

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 Animals and Plants in Heaven
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Celebrating the Seven Days of Creation
Offers a wide array of ideas for play time, art projects, field trips, and more.
Activity | Ages up to 10

 Correspondences of Light
Illustrations of three stories in the Word that talk about light. (Quotations are the King James translation.)
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Creation Chain
Make a paper chain with the names (or pictures) of the people in your family and other things that the Lord has made. Or make a paper chain that illustrates several things in creation that depend on one another. 
Project | Ages 4 - 14

 Creation Diorama
A great family project to build and display in your home.
Project | Ages 4 - 10

 Creation Mobile
Assemble this lovely mobile to remind you of all the Lord's precious gifts to us.
Project | Ages 4 - 14

 Creation Poem with Hand Motions
A lovely poem about creation with hand motions.
Activity | Ages up to 10

 Creation | Seas to Trees Pop-up
Color cut-and-fold pop-up project showing dry land rising out of the water and then growing a tree illustrating Genesis 1:9-13. Sample activity from Creation: reflection of God, Level C, ages 11-14.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 14

 Creation Sequencing Cards
Children can color and cut out these cards, then practice putting them in order from day 1-7.
Activity | Ages 4 - 10

 Creation Story (circle book project)
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 9 - 12

 Creation | The First Day - Level A
Complete lesson with activity choices: light and darkness game and song, separate light and darkness collage, scripted story discussion, coloring page, and a memory verse. Sample lesson from Creation: reflection of God, Level A, ages 3-6.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 3 - 6

 Creation | The First Day - Level B
Complete lesson with activity choices: light and darkness experiment with accompanying video, let there be light folding paper project, scripted story discussion, coloring page, and a memory verse. Sample lesson from Creation: reflection of God, Level B, ages 7-10.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 Creation | The First Day - Level C
Complete lesson with activity choices: living in the dark--group blindfold games, video and discussion on the bible, creation and a can of peaches, scripted story discussion, and an illustrated quotation card. Sample Lesson from Creation: reflection of God, Level C.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 14

 Family Worship: The Story of Creation
Ideas for reading and discussing the story of creation in Genesis 1. Includes suggestions for extending the experience such as going for a nature walk.
Religion Lesson | Ages 3 - 15

 God Said What? The Creation Story
Spiritual tasks offer a reflection on a Biblical story and suggest a task for spiritual growth.
Activity | Ages over 18

 Memory Verse: Giving Thanks for Creation
Activity | Ages 4 - 14

 Memory Verse: Life Is Eternal
Activity | Ages 4 - 14

 Overview of Creation Reflection of God Levels A, B, C for ages 3-14
Overview of Creation: reflection of God, Levels A, B, C for ages 3-14.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 3 - 14

 Prophecies of the Advent
Prophecies of Jesus' advent on earth often use the image of new light dawning in darkness to describe the spiritual impact His birth would have on the world.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 17

 Qualities of the Lord
Look at colored pictures of stories from the Word. Using a word bank, identify the quality of the Lord shown in each picture.
Project | Ages 9 - 14

 Quotes: Giving Thanks for Creation
Teaching Support | Ages over 15

 Stars
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 9 - 12

 Summary of Creation and Thankfulness
This lesson discusses a story from the Word and suggests projects and activities for young children.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 Sun and the Fruit of Creation
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Thankfulness
A Thanksgiving "wreath" to color and display.
Project | Ages 4 - 14

 Thanking the Lord for Creation
How can your words and actions show the Lord that you appreciate His creation?
Activity | Ages over 15

 The Creation
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 The Creation: A General View
A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 years), Senior (15-17 years) and Adults.
Teaching Support | Ages over 3

 The Creation: The Fifth and Sixth Days
A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 years), Senior (15-17 years) and Adults.
Teaching Support | Ages over 3

 The Creation: The First Four Days
A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 years), Senior (15-17 years) and Adults.
Teaching Support | Ages over 3

 The Days of Creation Collage Book or Mural
Ideas from an art teacher for making a creation book or mural.
Project | Ages 4 - 10

 The Fifth Day of Creation
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 The Fifth Day of Creation
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 The First Day of Creation
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 The First Day of Creation
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 The Fourth Day of Creation
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 The Fourth Day of Creation
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 The Greatest Gift
Article | Ages 15 - 17

 The Meaning of the Tree of Life
Worship Talk | Ages over 18

 The Purpose of Creation
Birth brings a person into the natural world, but God's ultimate purpose is that a person be born again into heavenly life, the life of the spirit.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 17

 The Second Day of Creation
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 The Second Day of Creation
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 The Seven Days of Creation
An illustrated story of the seven days of creation.
Story | Ages 3 - 7

 The Sixth Day of Creation
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 The Sixth Day of Creation
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 The Story of Creation
Family lessons provide a worship talk and a variety of activities for children and teens..
Religion Lesson | Ages 4 - 17

 The Story of Creation: Family Worship Ideas
Detailed notes on the seven days of creation.
Article | Ages over 18

 The Third Day of Creation
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 The Third Day of Creation
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 The Universe
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 The Word Made Flesh
Like Genesis, the Gospel of John begins with creation. While Genesis describes the creation of natural light, John describes a second creation into spiritual light.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 17

 Two Great Lights
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Using the Lord’s Creation
Worship Talk | Ages over 18

 Where Did Everything Come From?
Grandpa explains to Annika and Peter where everything came from.
Story | Ages 4 - 6

 Why Are We Here?
Lesson and activities to explore why we were created - what God intends for us.
Religion Lesson | Ages over 15


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