Shabbat Evening Blessings: Introductory Lines to the Kiddush

Biblical passages recited before sanctifying Shabbat over wine on Friday evening

Introductory paragraph (Gen. 1:31, Gen. 2:1-3) Remembering Creation.

 

Vay'hi erev vay'hi voker yom hashishi.

And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

 

Vay'chulu hashamayim v'haaretz v'chol tz'vaam.
Vay'chal Elohim bayom hash'vi-i m'lachto asher asah.
Vayishbot bayom hash'vi-i mikol m'lachto asher asah.
Vay'varech Elohim et yom hash'vi-i vay'kadeish oto,
ki vo shavat mikol m'lachto asher bara Elohim laasot.

Now the whole universe - sky, earth, and all their array - was completed. With the seventh day God ended the work of creation, resting on the seventh day, with all the work completed. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, this day having completed the work of creation.