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Genesis 1:2

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Genesis 1:2 — English Standard Version (ESV)

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Genesis 1:2 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Genesis 1:2 — New Living Translation (NLT)

The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

Genesis 1:2 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Genesis 1:2 — New Century Version (NCV)

The earth was empty and had no form. Darkness covered the ocean, and God’s Spirit was moving over the water.

Genesis 1:2 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

And the earth was waste and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Genesis 1:2 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

And the earth was waste and empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Genesis 1:2 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water. The Spirit of God was hovering over the water. 

Genesis 1:2 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

Genesis 1:2 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

Genesis 1:2 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Now the earth was formless and empty, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

Genesis 1:2 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

The earth didn’t have any shape. And it was empty. Darkness was over the surface of the ocean. At that time, the ocean covered the earth. The Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

Genesis 1:2 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.


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