Bible syntax

The beginning of Genesis is quite beautiful

I wrote a post about the beauty of syntax a few weeks ago and though it strikes me as being slightly nerdy, I think this from Genesis 1:20-23 is a tremendous, underrated piece of writing.

And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

It’s so simple and yet so grandiose. I think about how big the world is and how small this verse makes it seem for God and it rattles me a little bit. In a good way, of course.

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