In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,
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.
Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was
And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light
from the darkness.
God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And
there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
29:1 Ascribe to the
LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in
The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory
thunders, the LORD, over mighty waters.
The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full
The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the
cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild
The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the
wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the
forest bare; and in his temple all say, "Glory!"
The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as
May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his
people with peace!
19:1 While Apollos was
in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to
Ephesus, where he found some disciples.
He said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you
became believers?" They replied, "No, we have not even
heard that there is a Holy Spirit."
Then he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" They
answered, "Into John's baptism."
Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance,
telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after
him, that is, in Jesus."
On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon
them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied--
altogether there were about twelve of them.
1:4 John the baptizer
appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance
for the forgiveness of sins.
And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of
Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the
river Jordan, confessing their sins.
Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around
his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
He proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is coming
after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his
I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized
by John in the Jordan.
And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens
torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.
And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved;
with you I am well pleased."