Daily Bible Illustrations from Genesis

by John Kitto 1854

C H Spurgeon writes that this work is "not exactly a commentary, but what marvellous expositions you have there! You have reading more interesting than any novel that was ever written, and as instructive as the heaviest theology. The matter is quite attractive and fascinating, and yet so weighty, that the man who shall study those eight volumes thoroughly (Volume 1 = Genesis), will not fail to read his Bible intelligently and with growing interest." (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)


Genesis 1:1 God the Creator

Genesis 1:2 The Chaos-Geological Discoveries

Genesis 1:3 The First Light

Genesis 1:6-8 The Firmament-Land and Water

Genesis 1:16-18 The Great Lights

Genesis 1:20 Creation of Fishes and Birds

Genesis 1:24 Creation of Land Animals

Genesis 1:26, 27 The Image of God

Genesis 1:29, 30 The Food of Primeval Man

Genesis 2:8 Adam in Eden

Genesis 2:20 Adam Naming Cattle

Genesis 2:21-24 Eve

Genesis 3:1 The Serpent

Western Traditions of the Serpent and the Fall

Eastern Traditions of the Fall

Man After the Fall

Cain and Abel

Early Population

Genesis 4:3-7 The Offerings of Cain and Abel

Genesis 4:8 The Death of Abel

The Discovery of Fire

Genesis 4:17 The First City

Genesis 4:19-20 Lamech

Genesis 4:20, 21 Jabal and Jubal

Genesis 4:22 Tubal-Cain

Arts Before the Flood

Genesis 5:22 Enoch Walked With God

Genesis 4:17,18, 5:5-32 Ante-diluvian Names

Genesis 5 Longevity of the Ante-Diluvians

Genesis 6:2 The Sons of God

Genesis 6:14-16 The Ark

Genesis 7 The Deluge

Genesis 7:19 Extent of the Deluge

Genesis 8:1 God Remembered Noah

Traditions of the Deluge

Monuments of the Deluge

Genesis 8:4 Ararat

Genesis 10 The Dispersion

Genesis 11:27-29; 12:1-5 Abraham

Genesis 12:10-20 Sarah in Egypt- Royal Rights over Women

God's Purposes, and Man's Devices

Genesis 12:16, 13:2 Patriarchal Wealth

Genesis 13: The Tent

Genesis 14 The First War

Genesis 14 Kings and Kingdoms-Melchizedek

Genesis 15 The Covenant


Genesis 15:6 The Faith of Abraham

Genesis 16 Hagar

Genesis 18 Pastoral Hospitalities

Genesis 17, 18 Lot in Sodom-Intercession

Genesis 19:26 The Pillar of Salt

Genesis 19 Dead Sea Difficulties

Genesis 20:16 Sarah's Veil

Genesis 21:19 God Opened Her Eyes

Genesis 22 Heroic Faith

Genesis 24 The Sepulchre

Genesis 24:1-10 The Journey

Genesis 24:11-17 A Marriage

Genesis 25: The Birthright

Genesis 25:8 Gathered to His People

Genesis 27 The Blessing

Genesis 28 Bethel

Genesis 29 Haran

Genesis 31 The Flock

Genesis 31 The Departure

Genesis 32 The First Prayer

Genesis 35:18 Benoni

Genesis 35 Movements

Genesis 37:5-10 Dreams

Genesis 39 Egyptian Slavery

Genesis 39:1 Captain of the Guard

Egyptian Crimes and Punishments

Genesis 39:20 The Round-House

Genesis 40:14 Remember Me When It Shall Be Well with Thee

Genesis 40:1-13 The Butler's Dream

Genesis 40:16-19 The Baker's Dream

Genesis 40:20 The Birthday

Genesis 41:1 The River Nile

Genesis 41:1-30 The Royal Dream

Genesis 41:14 Egyptian Cleanliness

Genesis 41:51, 52 God in All

Genesis 41:38-43 Joseph's Honors

Genesis 41:34-36, 47-57, 47:13-26 The Corn Policy

Genesis 43:16-34 The Entertainment

Genesis 44 Divining Cups

Genesis 50 Jacob's Obsequies