Genesis 1:27 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 1:27, NIV: "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."

Genesis 1:27, ESV: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."

Genesis 1:27, KJV: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."

Genesis 1:27, NASB: "God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."

Genesis 1:27, NLT: "So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."

Genesis 1:27, CSB: "So God created man in his own image; he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female."

What does Genesis 1:27 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The blueprint for Genesis chapter 1 is God speaking His intent, then creating. In the previous verse, God decreed what should be made and why. Now in this verse, He makes the first of all human beings. The verse is written with a poetic structure of three lines. God creates man in his own image. In the image of God man is created. God creates both male and female.

One meaning of being created in the image of God is mankind's unique capacity for moral and rational awareness. God made humans to be inherently different from animals. He built into us some of His own qualities; we share with Him the experience of personality, truth, beauty, meaning, will, and reason. These attributes allow us to relate to God in ways other created beings cannot. Another meaning is that humans were meant to stand as the image of God's authority on the earth as we rule over and subdue the rest of His creation.

That we are made by God, in the image of God, is what gives all men and women deep value. That point is echoed throughout the Bible. James, for instance, points out that we ought not curse human beings because they (we) are made in God's likeness (James 3:9). Those who bear God's image should not be treated disrespectfully or discarded easily. It is not surprising, or illogical, to see that cultures which reject the idea of man's creation in the image of God are cultures which terrorize and abuse other human beings.