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TRANSLATION OF GENESIS CHAPTER ONE FROM ENGLISH INTO JAMAICAN

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1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Firs to begin wid, is God did mek aven and hearth.
2 Now the earth was astonishing! em"t!, and darkness was on the #ace o# the
dee", and the s"irit o# God was hovering over the #ace o# the water.
Now di hearth did we we hem"t!, an noh ight none at a did deh to"side a di
dee", andi s"irit a God did a $! ro%nova di water.
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* +nd God said, ,et there be ight- and there was ight.
.en God seh, ek ight tan !a,an ight did tan deh intermede.
/ +nd God saw the ight, that it was good- and God divided the ight #rom the
daakness.
.en God see seh di ight sta! good an m divv! %" di ight #rom di daakness
0 +nd God caed the ight .a!, and the darkness he caed Night. +nd the evening
and the morning were the 1rst da!.
+nGod ca di ight a!an di daakness m ca ight +n di hevening an di mawnin
was di #%ss da!.
2 +nd God said, ,et there be a 1rmament in the midst o# the waters, and et it
divide the waters #rom the waters.
.en God seh, ek s%""n big an broad de innna di migge a di wata dem, an mek it
bore between di wata dem.3
4 +nd God made the 1rmament, and divided the waters which were %nder the
1rmament #rom the waters which were above the 1rmament- and it was so.
+n a soh God did mek di big an broad ting an a so m did mek di wata beow di
anan di wata above di an and a soh it did sta!.
5 +nd God caed the 1rmament 6eaven. +nd the evening and the morning were the
second da!.
+n God caa the big an broad s%""n aven +n di hevenin and di mawnin was di
secon da!.
7 +nd God said, ,et the waters %nder the heaven be gathered together %nto one
"ace, and et the dr! and a""ear- and it was so.
+n God seh, ek di wata dem onda di eaven b%nge %" inna one "ace, an mek di
dr! an "o" %".+n dat did a""en 1 rea.
18 +nd God caed the dr! and 9arth( and the gathering together o# the waters
caed the :eas- and God saw that it was good.
+n God caa di dr! an6earth( an di b%nge %" wata m caa di :ea dem. +n God
did see seh it did good.
11 +nd God said, ,et the earth bring #orth grass, the herb !ieding seed, and the
#r%it tree !ieding #r%it a#ter his kind, whose seed is in itse#, %"on the earth- and it
was so.
+n God seh, ek di hearth grow grass, herb weh grow seed, an #r%it trees,an a soh
it did goh.
12 +nd the earth bro%ght #orth grass, and herb !ieding seed a#ter his kind, and the
tree !ieding #r%it, whose seed was in itse#, a#ter his kind- and God saw that it was
good.
+n di hearth did grow grass, herb weh grow seed, an #r%it trees, an God did see seh
it sta! good.
1* +nd the evening and the morning were the third da!.
+n di hevenin an di mawnin was did tird da!.
1/ +nd God said, ,et there be ights in the 1rmament o# the heaven to divide the
da! #rom the night( and et them be #or signs, and #or seasons, and #or da!s, and
!ears-
+n God seh, ek ights deh de inna di eaven mek wi know da! #rom night, an mek
dem bi 1 sign, an 1 season, an 1 da!s an ears.
10 +nd et them be #or ights in the 1rmament o# the heaven to give ight %"on the
earth- and it was so.
+n et dem bi 1 ights inna eaven 1 shine ight "on di hearth, an a soh it set.
12 +nd God made two great ights( the greater ight to r%e the da!, and the esser
ight to r%e the night- he made the stars aso.
+N God did mek two boss ights( di bigga boss 1 r%n tings inna di da!, an di
"rentice boss 1 r%n tings inna di night, an a God did mek di star dem tooh.
14 +nd God set them in the 1rmament o# the heaven to give ight %"on the earth,
+n God "%t di ight dem inna eaven 1 ight %" di hearth,
15 +nd to r%e over the da! and over the night, and to divide the ight #rom the
darkness- and God saw that it was good.
+n 1 r%n tings inna di da! an inna di night, an 1 br%k %" ight #rom daakness, an
God did see seh it did good.
17 +nd the evening and the morning were the #o%rth da!.
+n di hevenin an di mawnin was di #o%rt da!.
28 +nd God said, ,et the waters bring #orth ab%ndant! the moving creat%re that
hath i#e, and #ow that ma! $! above the earth in the o"en 1rmament o# heaven.
+n God seh, ek di watas ave one mo%nt ah ivin ting ;%s a s"ring %" inna dem, an
#ow weh $! inna di sk!.
21 +nd God created great whaes, and ever! iving creat%re that moveth, which the
waters bro%ght #orth ab%ndant!, a#ter their kind, and ever! winged #ow a#ter his
kind- and God saw that it was good.
+n God create di big whae dem, and di ting dem wa ive an move bo%t, which did
come #rom di wata, to each his own, an ever! #ow wid wing, an God did see seh it
tan good.
22 +nd God bessed them, sa!ing, <e #r%it#%, and m%ti"!, and 1 the waters in the
seas, and et #ow m%ti"! in the earth.
+n God did bess dem thro%gh m seh, reed %" n%= n%=, an 1 %" di wata dem,
an et di #ow come n%= n%= tooh.
2* +nd the evening and the morning were the 1#th da!.
+n di hevenin an di mawnin was di 1#t da!.
2/ +nd God said, ,et the earth bring #orth the iving creat%re a#ter his kind, catte,
and cree"ing thing, and beast o# the earth a#ter his kind- and it was so.
+n God seh, !i earth a> ave di=erent t!"e a iving tings ike di cow dem, an di b%g
dem, an di wihanima dem.+n a soh it did goh.
20 +nd God made the beast o# the earth a#ter his kind, and catte a#ter their kind,
and ever! thing that cree"eth %"on the earth a#ter his kind- and God saw that it
was good.
+n a soh God mek di wihanima dem, di cow dem, an di b%g dem "on dis !a
hearth. +n God see seh it did good.
22 +nd God said, ,et %s make man in o%r image, a#ter o%r ikeness- and et them
have dominion over the 1sh o# the sea, and over the #ow o# the air, and over the
catte, and over a the earth, and over ever! cree"ing thing that cree"eth %"on the
earth.
.en now, God seh, ek wi mek man #avo%r wi, ike how wi sta!, an mek dem r%n
tings, wedda it be 1sh, bird, cow or an!thing ese "on di hearth.3
24 :o God created man in his own image, in the image o# God created he him( mae
and #emae created he them.
+n a soh God mek man #avo%r m. God mek wi #avo%r him. God mek man an God
mek "man.
25 +nd God bessed them, and God said %nto them, <e #r%it#%, and m%ti"!, and
re"enish the earth, and s%bd%e it- and have dominion over the 1sh o# the sea, and
over the #ow o# the air, and over ever! iving thing that moveth %"on the earth.
.en God bess dem, and seh to dem, reed %", n%= n%=, an 1 %" ever!weh and
conkah ever!weh, an noh tek noh backchat #rom an! 1sh, bird, or other iving an
moving ting "on di hearth.3
27 +nd God said, <ehod, I have given !o% ever! herb bearing seed, which is %"on
the #ace o# a the earth, and ever! tree, in the which is the #r%it o# a tree !ieding
seed( to !o% it sha be #or meat.
+n God seh, #ear mi n%h, chid? + di herb dem an di tree dem an di #r%it dem !o%
a go eat ike seh a meat.3
*8 +nd to ever! beast o# the earth, and to ever! #ow o# the air, and to ever! thing
that cree"eth %"on the earth, wherein there is i#e, I have given ever! green herb
#or meat- and it was so.
@+n to a di wianima dem, an di bird dem, an ever! iving ting weh a move ro%n
"on di earth, a herbs !%h a go eat.+n it set soh.
*1 +nd God saw ever! thing that he had made, and, behod, it was ver! good. +nd
the evening and the morning were the siAth da!.
+n God did ook "on ever! ting weh m mek an "enn! seh it was ver! good. +n
the hevening come an goh an di mawning come an goh, di siAth da!.