1So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed.2:1 Neh 9:6; Ps 33:6; Is 34:4; 45:12
2On the seventh2:2 Sam, LXX, Syr read sixth day God had completed his work that he had done, and he rested2:2 Or ceased, also in v. 3 on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.2:2 Ex 20:8–11; 31:17; Dt 5:12–14; Heb 4:4
3God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it he rested2:3 Ex 31:17 from all his work of creation.2:3 Ex 20:11; 31:17; Ps 121:2
Man and Woman in the Garden
4These are the records2:4 Gn 5:1; 6:9; 10:1; 11:10,27; 25:12,19; 36:1,9; 37:2 of the heavens and the earth, concerning their creation. At the time2:4 Lit creation on the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,
5no shrub of the field2:5 Gn 1:11–12 had yet grown on the land,2:5 Or earth and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not made it rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground.
6But mist would come up from the earth and water all the ground.
7Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground2:7 Gn 3:19,23; 18:27; Ps 103:14; Ec 12:7; 1Co 15:47 and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils,2:7 Gn 7:22; Jb 33:4; Is 2:22 and the man became a living being.2:7 1Co 15:45
8The Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east,2:8 Gn 13:10; Is 51:3; Ezk 28:13; 31:8; Jl 2:3 and there he placed the man he had formed.
9The Lord God caused to grow out of the ground every tree pleasing in appearance and good for food, including the tree of life in the middle of the garden,2:9 Gn 3:22; Rv 2:7; 22:2,14 as well as the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.2:9 Pr 3:18
10A river went2:10 Or goes out from Eden to water the garden. From there it divided and became the source of four rivers.2:10 Lit became four heads
11The name of the first is Pishon, which flows through the entire land of Havilah,2:11 Or of the Havilah2:11 Gn 10:7,29; 25:18; 1Sm 15:7 where there is gold.
12Gold from that land is pure;2:12 Lit good bdellium2:12 A yellowish, transparent gum resin and onyx2:12 Identity of this precious stone uncertain are also there.
13The name of the second river is Gihon, which flows through the entire land of Cush.
14The name of the third river is Tigris,2:14 Dn 10:4 which runs east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.2:14 Gn 15:18
15The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it.
16And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden,2:16 Gn 3:1–2
17but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.”2:17 Gn 3:5; Dt 30:15,19–20; Rm 6:23; 1Tm 5:6; Jms 1:15
18Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper corresponding2:18 Pr 31:11–12; 1Co 11:9; 1Tm 2:13 to him.”
19The Lord God formed out of the ground every wild animal and every bird of the sky, and brought each to the man to see what he would call it.2:19 Ps 8:6 And whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.
20The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every wild animal; but for the man2:20 Or for Adam no helper was found corresponding to him.
21So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to come over the man,2:21 Gn 15:12 and he slept. God took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place.
22Then the Lord God made the rib he had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man.2:22 1Co 11:8,12
23And the man said:
This one, at last, is bone of my bone
and flesh of my flesh;
this one will be called “woman,”
for she was taken from man.2:23 Eph 5:28–30
24This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh.2:24 Mal 2:15; Mt 19:5; Mk 10:7–8; 1Co 6:16; Eph 5:31
25Both the man and his wife were naked, yet felt no shame.