Genesis 1:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 1:11, NIV: "Then God said, 'Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.' And it was so."

Genesis 1:11, ESV: "And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so."

Genesis 1:11, KJV: "And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so."

Genesis 1:11, NASB: "Then God said, 'Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit according to their kind with seed in them'; and it was so."

Genesis 1:11, NLT: "Then God said, 'Let the land sprout with vegetation--every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.' And that is what happened."

Genesis 1:11, CSB: "Then God said, "Let the earth produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds." And it was so."

What does Genesis 1:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The third day of God's creation week involves some extraordinary developments. First, as described in the previous verses, God spoke and caused dry land to appear, separating it from the seas. This follows the pattern of Genesis 1: speaking, creation, naming, blessing, and numbering. In this verse, God once again speaks, commanding vegetation to grow on this newly formed land.

The wording of the verse is specific, though various translations handle it slightly differently. In general, the Hebrew phrasing around "seeds" and "kinds" implies a particular intent within creation. We are meant to understand that these plants and trees produced in themselves their own seeds. Built into them was the ability to reproduce, according to their own kind. In other words, God's decree was that each kind of plant and tree would bear the seed of the next generation of that specific kind of plant and tree. This once again places a claim to God's supremacy over all aspects of creation, including the form and function of all living things.