1Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.
2And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
3Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
4This is the 2:4 Heb. toledoth, lit. generationshistory of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,
5before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground;
6but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.
7And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Life in God’s Garden
8The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.
9And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads.
11The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.
12And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there.
13The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush.
14The name of the third river is Hiddekel;2:14 Or Tigris it is the one which goes toward the east of 2:14 Heb. AshshurAssyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.
15Then the Lord God took 2:15 Or Adamthe man and put him in the garden of Eden to 2:15 cultivatetend and keep it.
16And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;
17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you2:17 Lit. dying you shall die shall surely die.”
18And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
19Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to 2:19 Or the manAdam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.
20So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
21And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.
22Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He 2:22 Lit. builtmade into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
23And Adam said:
“This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called 2:23 Heb. IshshahWoman,
Because she was taken out of 2:23 Heb. IshMan.”
24Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be2:24 Lit. cling joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
25And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
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