Genesis 1:31
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New International Version
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth day.

New Living Translation
Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.

English Standard Version
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

New American Standard Bible
God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

King James Bible
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. Evening came and then morning: the sixth day.

International Standard Version
Now God saw all that he had made, and indeed, it was very good! The twilight and the dawn were the sixth day.

NET Bible
God saw all that he had made--and it was very good! There was evening, and there was morning, the sixth day.

New Heart English Bible
And God saw everything that he had made, and look, it was very good. There was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
And God saw everything that he had made and that it was very good. There was evening, then morning-the sixth day.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

New American Standard 1977
And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

King James 2000 Bible
And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

American King James Version
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

American Standard Version
And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And God saw all the things that he had made, and they were very good. And the evening and morning were the sixth day.

Darby Bible Translation
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning -- the sixth day.

English Revised Version
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Webster's Bible Translation
And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

World English Bible
God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. There was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.

Young's Literal Translation
And God seeth all that He hath done, and lo, very good; and there is an evening, and there is a morning -- day the sixth.
Study Bible
The Sixth Day: Creatures on Land
30and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food"; and it was so. 31God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Cross References
1 Timothy 4:4
For every creation of God is good, and nothing that is received with thanksgiving should be rejected,

1 Timothy 4:5
because it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

Exodus 31:17
"It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed."

Psalm 104:24
O LORD, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; The earth is full of Your possessions.

Psalm 104:28
You give to them, they gather it up; You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.

Psalm 104:31
Let the glory of the LORD endure forever; Let the LORD be glad in His works;

Psalm 119:68
You are good and do good; Teach me Your statutes.

Proverbs 16:4
The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.
Treasury of Scripture

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

very good.

Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Psalm 19:1,2 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork…

Psalm 104:24,31 O LORD, how manifold are your works! in wisdom have you made them …

Lamentations 3:38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceeds not evil and good?

1 Timothy 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if …

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Genesis 1:5,8,13,19,23 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And …

Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and …

Exodus 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all …

(31) Behold, it was very good.--This final blessing of God's completed work on the Friday must be compared with the final words of Christ spoken of the second creation, upon the same day of the week, when He said "It is finished." Next we must notice that this world was only good until man was placed upon it, but then became very good. This verdict, too, had respect to man as a species, and is not therefore annulled by the fall. In spite, therefore, of the serious responsibilities attendant upon the bestowal of freewill on man, we believe that the world is still for purposes of mercy, and that God not only rejoiced at first, but "shall rejoice in His works" (Psalm 104:31). (Comp. Psalm 85:10; Romans 5:15, &c.)

Verse 31. - And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. Literally, lo! good very! Not simply good, but good exceedingly. It is not man alone that God surveys, but the completed cosmos, with man as its crown and glory, decu, set tutamen. "It is not merely a benediction which he utters, but an expression of admiration, as we may say without any fear of the anthropomorphism - Euge, bone proclare!" (T. Lewis). And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. It seems unnecessary to add that this clay corresponds to the Cainozoic or tertiary era of geology, the Palaeontological remains of which sufficiently attest the truth of the Divine record in asserting that animals were anterior to man in their appearance on the earth, and that man is of comparatively recent origin. The alleged evidence of prehistoric man is too fragmentary and hypothetical to be accepted as conclusive; and yet, so far as the cosmogony of the present chapter is concerned, there is nothing to prevent the belief that man is of a much more remote antiquity than 6000 years. As of the other days, so of this the Chaldean tablets preserve an interesting monument. The saventh in the creation series, of which a fragment was discovered in one of the trenches at Konyunjik, runs: -

1. When the gods in their assembly had created....

2. Were delightful the strong monsters...

3. They caused to be living creatures...

4. Cattle of the field, beasts of the field, and creeping things of the field ....

5. They fixed for the living creatures...

6. Cattle and creeping thing of the city they fixed....

And the god Nin-si-ku (the lord of noble face) caused to be two... in which it is not difficult to trace an account of the creation of the animal kingdom, and of the first pair of human beings.



And God saw everything that he had made,.... Either all that he had made on the several six days of the creation, he took a survey of them, looked over them again, as workmen do when they have finished their work, to see if anything is amiss or wanting; not that anything of this nature can be supposed in the works of God, but such a survey is attributed to him after the manner of men, to show the completeness of his works, and the excellency of them. Picherellus (q) limits this to what had been done on this day, with respect to man, who alone, as he thinks, was the subject of this day's work; and so it respects the creation of man after the image and likeness of God; the forming of the woman out of his rib, and so providing a suitable helper for him; giving them dominion over all the creatures, and suitable food for the support of the animal life; and God reflected on this, and foresaw it would be good in the issue, as it was in itself,

And behold, it was very good; it had been said of everything else, at the close of each day's work, excepting the second, that it was good; but here the expression is stronger upon the creation of man, the chief and principal work of God, that it was "very good"; he being made upright and holy, bearing the image of his Creator upon him, and in such circumstances as to be happy and comfortable himself, and to glorify God: the phrase may be expressive not only of the goodness of everything God had made, as it was in itself, and in its use; but of his complacency, and delight therein, every thing being made for himself and for, his pleasure, Revelation 4:11.

and the evening and the morning were the sixth day; by that time all these works on this day were finished; the sun had gone round the earth, or the earth about that, for the space of twenty four hours, which completed the sixth day, within which term of time God had determined to finish all his works, as he did. This day, according to Capellus, was the twenty third of April, and, according, to Archbishop Usher, the twenty eighth of October, or, as others, the sixth of September. Mr. Whiston, as has been before observed, is of opinion, that the six days of the creation were equal to six years: and the Persians have a tradition, which they pretend to have received from Zoroastres, that God created the world, not in six natural days, but in six times or spaces of different length, called in their tongue "Ghahan barha". The first of these spaces, in which the heavens were created, was a space of forty five days; the second, in which the waters were created, sixty days; the third, in which the earth was created, seventy five days; the fourth, in which grass and trees were created, thirty days; the fifth, in which all creatures were made, eighty days; the sixth, in which man was created, seventy five days; in all three hundred sixty five days, or a full year (r). The first of the six principal good works they are taught to do is to observe the times of the creation (s). And the ancient Tuscans or Etrurians allot six thousand years to the creation; the order of which, with them, is much the same with the Mosaic account, only making a day a thousand years: in the first thousand, they say, God made the heaven and the earth; in the next, the firmament, which appears to us, calling it heaven; in the third, the sea, and all the waters that are in the earth; in the fourth, the great lights, the sun and moon, and also the stars; in the fifth, every volatile, reptile, and four footed animal, in the air, earth and water, (which agrees with Picherellus); see Gill on Genesis 1:25, and in the sixth, man; and whereas they say God employed twelve thousand years in all his creation, and the first six being passed at the creation of man, it seems, according to them, that mankind are to continue for the other six thousand years (t). And it is a notion that obtains among the Jews, that, answerable to the six days of creation, the world will continue six thousand years. It is a tradition of Elias (u), an ancient Jewish doctor, that

"the world shall stand six thousand years, two thousand void, two thousand under the law, and two thousand, the days of the Messiah.''

And Baal Hatturim (w) observes, there are six "alephs" in the first verse of this chapter, answerable to the six thousand years the world is to continue: and R. Gedaliah says (x), at the end of the sixth millennium the world shall return without form and void, (to its former condition, "tohu" and "bohu",) and the whole shall be a sabbath: and very particular is another writer (y) of theirs concerning these six days of the creation, who having spoken of the day of judgment, the resurrection of the dead, and the world to come, observes, that the six days' work is an intimation and sign of these things: on the sixth day man was created, and the work was perfected on the seventh; so the kings of the nations shall be in the world five thousand years, answerable to the five days in which the fowls, and creeping things of the waters, and the rest, were created; and the holding of their kingdoms will be a little within the sixth millennium, answerable to the creation of cattle and beasts, who were now created on the beginning of it, the "sixth day"; and the kingdom of the house of David will be in the sixth millennium, answerable to the creation of man, who knew his Creator, and ruled over them all; and at the end of that millennium will be the day of judgment, answerable to man's being judged at the end of it, "the sixth day; and the seventh millennium will be the sabbath". And a like notion obtains among the Persian Magi; it is said that Zerdusht, or Zoroastres, was born in the middle age of the world, so it was told him from the age of Keiomaras (the first man) unto thy age are 3000 years, and from this thy age unto the resurrection are 3000 years (z).

(q) In Cosmopoeiam, p. 2841. (r) Hyde Hist. Relig. vet. Pers. p. 164, 166, 168, 483, 484. (s) Lib. Sad-der, port. 6. 94. apud Hyde, ib. p. 439, 483. (t) See Universal History, vol. 1. p. 64. (u) T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 97. 1. Avoda Zara, fol. 9. 1.((w) Comment. in Gen. i. 1.((x) Shalshelet Hakabala, fol. 36. 1.((y) Comment. in Maimon. Hilch. Teshuva, c. 9. sect. 2.((z) Lib. Sad-der, port. 11. Vid. Hyde, ut supra, (Hist. Relig. vet. Pers. p. 481.) 1:31 When we come to think about our works, we find, to our shame, that much has been very bad; but when God saw his work, all was very good. Good, for it was all just as the Creator would have it to be. All his works, in all places of his dominion, bless him; and therefore, bless thou the Lord, O my soul. Let us bless God for the gospel of Christ, and when we consider his almighty power, let us sinners flee from the wrath to come. If new-created unto the image of God in holiness, we shall at length enter the new heavens and new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
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