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Exton Study Bible Volume 1: Genesis

Forward: Mike Exton has written a study Bible, that I think is a very good study guide to understand just exactly what they Bible really means!  Many who study the Bible, know the words, but often they do not comprehend the message of the Bible.  Knowing God's words is one thing, understanding their meaning is a totally different experience.   Several years ago, I came up with a similar type Bible, whereas my idea was to convey to the reader that image from www.theplaintruth.comevery time you read God's word in the Old Testament, you are in reality reading the words of Christ, for Jesus IS THE GOD who talks to man in the Old Testament.  In the Bible I presented, every word of God in Old or New Testament was in RED.. (Get You Own Copy of The Plain Truth's NEW REDLETTER BIBLE for $2.99!!!!  Yes a complete new translation by Bob Barney of the Holy Bible - in the order it is meant to be read - and in the order JESUS read (at least in the Old Testament), with every word of Jesus in RED - including in the OLD TESTAMENT! CLICK...)

Mike's work is, unlike mine (so far) available as a in a paperback version, so the reader can get the Bible and study it carefully, without using a cumbersome computer.  I have all the links to Mike's work at the end of this article.  I greatly encourage our readers to read this version and buy the book! Now, Mike and I do not completely agree with some doctrine, but we are very close to understanding God's intent.  For example, I believe the Bible clearly shows a morning start to God's day. Mike, like the 7th Day Adventist follow the Jewish practice of the day starting in the evening. However in the total scheme of things, we basically agree on most of God's word, and especially the the belief that God's Ten Commandments are all in force to this day - including the 4th.

 

Exton Study Bible

Volume 1: Genesis

By Michael H. Exton

Copyright © 2017 Michael H. Exton All Rights Reserved
Edition 1.0

GENESIS

CHAPTER 1

God (Elohim) Creates the Heavens & the Earth

1 In the beginning God [Elohim; NOG] created the heavens and the earth. {NKJV}

{Ps 33:6 & 9 — By the WORD of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. — NKJV}

{Job 38:1-7 — “...Where were you [Job] when I [God] laid the foundations of the earth? ...When the morning stars [angels] sang together, and all the sons of God [angels] shouted for joy?” — NKJV}

Afterwards [perhaps millions or even billions of years later] the Heavens & Earth BECOME Tohuw & Bohuw (a formless wasteland; an empty ruin)

2 The earth BECAME [perhaps after millions or even billions of years later] a shapeless, chaotic mass, [original Hebrew = tohu & bohu] with the Spirit of God brooding over the dark gaseous mass. — TLB & its footnote

{The Hebrew word that is often translated “was” (instead of “became”) in Genesis 1:2, is Strong’s #1961: “hayah,” and can be translated as either “was” or “became” as shown in the TLB (as well as the NIV) footnote. This word is indeed translated as “became” many times in the Old Testament, such as in Gen 2:7—And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became (“hayah”) a living being; NKJV; Gen 2:10—Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became (“hayah”) four riverheads; NKJV; and Gen 19:26—But his wife looked back behind him, and she became (“hayah”) a pillar of salt. — NKJV

Also, the Hebrew word often translated “formless” (or “shapeless”) in this verse is Strong’s #8414: “tohuw,” and a good translation of this word would be “formless wasteland.” And the Hebrew word often translated “empty” in this verse is Strongs’s #922: “bohuw,” and a good translation of this word would be “empty ruin.”

In other words: In the beginning God (after making the angels) created the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1). And then many years later the archangel Lucifer revolted (see Isaiah 14:12-15 and Ezekiel 28:11-19) against God and became Satan the devil; the enemy of God. In his rebellion against God, Satan caused the earth to BECOME a formless wasteland, an empty ruin (Gen 1:2). Then many years later God renewed & beautified the earth once again, creating plants, animals, human beings, etc. God also “appointed” the sun and moon at this time for days, months, seasons, years, and religious festivals. (Gen 1:3-31)}.

Isa 45:18 — For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did NOT create it in vain [“tohuw”—or an empty wasteland—the same Hebrew word found in Gen 1:2!]... — NKJV

Ps 104:30 — You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and you RENEW the face of the earth. — NKJV

Job 38:1-7 — Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: “...Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? ...When the morning stars [angels] sang together, and all the sons of God [angels] shouted for joy?” NKJV [Of course, the angels would NOT have been celebrating & singing & shouting for joy if the earth had been created an empty formless wasteland!]

Gen 1:16 — Then God made [or appointed] two great lights [the sun and the moon]: the greater light [the sun] to rule the day, and the lesser light [the moon] to rule the night.... NKJV [The Hebrew word often translated “made” in this verse is Strong’s #6213: “asah,”and can also be translated as “appointed,” and is indeed translated “appointed” many times in the Old Testament—such as in Psalm 104:19].

Ps 104:19 — He appointed [Hebrew: “asah”] the moon for seasons... — NKJV

God Renews the Heavens & the Earth [approximately 3973 B.C.]

— The 1st Day — LIGHT

Gen. 1:3 God {Elohim; NOG} said, “I command light to shine!” And light started shining. — CEV

4 Elohim saw the light was good. So Elohim separated the light from the darkness.

5 Elohim named the light day, and the darkness he named night. There was evening, then morning—the first day. OR: The twilight and the dawn were day one. — ISV

— The 2nd Day — SKY

6 Then Elohim said, “Let there be a horizon in the middle of the water in order to separate the water.”

7 So Elohim made the horizon and separated the water above and below the horizon. And so it was.

8 Elohim named what was above the horizon sky. There was evening, then morning—a second day. OR: The twilight and the dawn were the second day. — ISV

— The 3rd Day — DRY LAND & VEGETATION

9 Then Elohim said, “Let the water under the sky come together in one area, and let the dry land appear.” And so it was.

10 Elohim named the dry land earth. The water which came together he named sea. Elohim saw that it was good.

11 Then Elohim said, “Let the earth produce vegetation: plants bearing seeds, each according to its own type, and fruit trees bearing fruit with seeds, each according to its own type.” And so it was.

12 The earth produced vegetation: plants bearing seeds, each according to its own type, and trees bearing fruit with seeds, each according to its own type. Elohim saw that they were good.

13 The twilight and the dawn were the third day. — ISV

— The 4th Day — SUN, MOON, & STARS

14 Then God [Elohim; NOG] said, “Let lights in the expanse of the sky be for separating the day from the night. They will be for signs and for seasons and for days and years. — TLV

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