Genesis 1:31 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

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

Genesis 1:31, ESV: "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."

Genesis 1:31, KJV: "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."

Genesis 1:31, NASB: "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."

Genesis 1:31, NLT: "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."

Genesis 1:31, CSB: "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good indeed. Evening came and then morning: the sixth day."

What does Genesis 1:31 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

On each day of this creation week, God recognized what He made as good. Now, having created mankind to populate and rule over this world, God declares what He has made as "very good." The balance of nature, the process of reproduction, and the supremacy of mankind are all part of this "goodness." As such, Genesis chapter 1 not only credits God as Creator, and dispels other religious myths, it also establishes His stamp of approval on the natural order.

On every day, at each step along the way, God declared what He would make, and then He made it. He succeeded in creating the perfect version of what He, in His absolute perfection, decided to create. After six days of creation, the universe not only existed, but it was flawless in beauty, in function, in purpose, and in potential. God saw all of it and saw that it was very good.