NIV Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. NIV Psalm 102:25 In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. NIV Isaiah 45:18 For this is what the LORD says-- he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited-- he says: "I am the LORD, and there is no other. It is my contention that Genesis 1:1-2 is a description of God creating the universe including the earth's foundation. It is also my contention that Genesis 1:3ff is a description of God filling the earth in six literal 24 hour days. I have sighted verses from Psalms and Isaiah to support this view. What God did in the beginning is create the universe including the earth's foundation, which was barren and empty. It was surrounded in water and complete darkness (Job 38:4-9). And the Holy Spirit hovered for an indefinate period of time (One hour? Billions of years? The text doesn't say). Then God began to work on the earth's foundation to make it habitable. He said, "Let there be light." And the clouds around the earth thinned and there was light and darkness, morning and evening, the first day. Can anyone prove that this is not a literal interpretation of the Hebrew text?