Now the earth had become waste and wild, and darkness was on the face of the roaring deep,—but the Spirit of God was brooding on the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2, EMPH)

I love this translation by the The Emphasized Bible.  It does a beautiful job of capturing the living nature of the Hebrew words.  The earth was “wasted and wild, and darkness [emphasized in the Hebrew] was on the face of the roaring deep.” Such a vivid picture!

This reminds me of Gerard Manley Hopkins famous poem, God’s Grandeur:

THE WORLD is charged with the grandeur of God.
  It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
  It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;         5
  And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
  And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
  There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;         10
And though the last lights off the black West went
  Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
  World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings

I love it because as Mr. Hopkins rightly understands, the Holy Spirit is still brooding over the world; unlike in Genesis, our world is bent and broken, torn and violent, however, He is still brooding over our world “with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.”

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