又到了一年一度的耶誕假期，世界各地都能夠感受到節慶的氣氛，特別是在商業促銷的推波助瀾下。耶誕節能夠沿續至今，當然也不會是件簡單或偶然的事情。耶誕節已經成了人類文化、生活方式之一，但耶誕樹、耶誕禮物與耶誕派對，就是代表耶誕節了嗎？當然不是，回顧人類的歷史，耶誕節最深刻的意義，就是昭告世人：God is coming! （神來了！）
Old Testament – Genesis
1:1 At the first God made 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, looking on the light, saw that it was good: and God made a division between the light and the dark,
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 come together in one place, and let the dry land be seen: and it was so.
1:10 And God gave the dry land the name of Earth; and the waters together in their place were named Seas: and God saw that it was good.
1:11 And God said, Let grass come up on the earth, and plants producing seed, and fruit-trees giving fruit, in which is their seed, after their sort: and it was so.
1:12 And grass came up on the earth, and every plant producing seed of its sort, and every tree producing fruit, in which is its seed, of its sort: and God saw that it was good.
1:13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
1. void: 空
3. Firmament: 蒼穹
4. grass: 青草
5. plant: 植物
6. seed: 種子
1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the arch of heaven, for a division between the day and the night, and let them be for signs, and for marking the changes of the year, and for days and for 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 put them in the arch of heaven, to give light on 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 there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
1:20 And God said, Let the waters be full of living things, and let birds be in flight over the earth under the arch of heaven.
1:21 And God made great sea-beasts, and every sort of living and moving thing with which the waters were full, and every sort of winged bird: and God saw that it was good.
1:22 And God gave them his blessing, saying, Be fertile and have increase, making all the waters of the seas full, and let the birds be increased in the earth.
1:23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
1:24 And God said, Let the earth give birth to all sorts of living things, cattle and all things moving on the earth, and beasts of the earth after their sort: and it was so.
1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after its sort, and the cattle after their sort, and everything moving on the face of the earth after its sort: and God saw that it was good.
1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, like us: and let him have rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every living thing which goes flat on the earth.
1:27 And God made man in his image, in the image of God he made him: male and female he made them.
1:28 And God gave them his blessing and said to them, Be fertile and have increase, and make the earth full and be masters of it; be rulers over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing moving on the earth.
1:29 And God said, See, I have given you every plant producing seed, on the face of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit producing seed: they will be for your food.
1:30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the air and every living thing moving on the face of the earth I have given every green plant for food: and it was so.
1:31 And God saw everything which he had made and it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
2:1 And the heaven and the earth and all things in them were complete.
2:2 And on the seventh day God came to the end of all his work; and on the seventh day he took his rest from all the work which he had done.
2:3 And God gave his blessing to the seventh day and made it holy: because on that day he took his rest from all the work which he had made and done.
2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.
1.beasts: n. 野獸
2. sort: n. 種類
3.cattle: n. 牛
4.flat: adv. 平坦地
5. blessing: n. 祝福
6. fertile : adj. 肥沃的
7. plant: n. 植物