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Webster's Translation

Read the Bible Online with Webster's Translation

In 1831 Noah Webster began a translation of the King James Bible suitable for use as a text book in class rooms that would not only teach students about the word of God; but also provide instruction in grammar and reading. His revision was very close to the original text of the King James Version because Noah Webster had not sought to write an entirely new translation; but to make the King James Version of the Bible more acceptable to educators of the day and thereby create a version of the scriptures for popular use in education.


Book of Genesis (1:1 - 1:31)

1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
1:2  And the earth was without form and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep: and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
1:3  And God said Let there be light: and there was light.
1:4  And God saw the light that [it was] good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
1:5  And God called the light Day and the darkness he called Night: and the evening and the morning were the first day.
1:6  And God said Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters and let it divide the waters from the waters.
1:7  And God made the firmament; and divided the waters which [were] under the firmament from the waters which [were] above the firmament: and it was so.
1:8  And God called the firmament Heaven: and the evening and the morning were the second day.
1:9  And God said Let the waters under the heaven be gathered into one place and let the dry [land] appear: and it was so.
1:10  And God called the dry [land] Earth and the collection of waters he called Seas: and God saw that it [was] good.
1:11  And God said Let the earth bring forth grass the herb yielding seed [and] the fruit-tree yielding fruit after its kind whose seed [is] in itself upon the earth: and it was so.
1:12  And the earth brought forth grass [and] herb yielding seed after its kind and the tree yielding fruit whose seed [was] in itself after its kind: and God saw that it [was] good.
1:13  And the evening and the morning were the third day.
1:14  And God said Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night: and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.
1:15  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
1:16  And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night: [he made] the stars also.
1:17  And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.
1:18  And to rule over the day and over the night and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it [was] good.
1:19  And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
1:20  And God said Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life and fowl [that] may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
1:21  And God created great whales and every living creature that moveth which the waters brought forth abundantly after their kind and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good.
1:22  And God blessed them saying Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas and let fowl multiply in the earth.
1:23  And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
1:24  And God said Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind cattle and the creeping animal and the beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
1:25  And God made the beast of the earth after his kind and cattle after their kind and every animal that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good.
1:26  And God said Let us make man in our image after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping animal that creepeth upon the earth.
1:27  So God created man in his [own] image in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
1:28  And God blessed them and God said to them Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over every living animal that moveth upon the earth.
1:29  And God said Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed which [is] upon the face of all the earth and every tree in which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food.
1:30  And to every beast of the earth and to every fowl of the air and to every animal that creepeth upon the earth in which [is] life [I have given] every green herb for food: and it was so.
1:31  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.