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Genesis 2

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Genesis 2
1¶ Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had made, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because in it he had rested from all his work which God created in perfection.
4¶ These are the origins of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens
5and every plant of the field before it was in the earth and all the grass of the field before it grew, for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and neither was there a man to till the ground.
6But there went up a mist 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 soul.
8¶ And the Lord God had planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is desirable to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
10And a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it was divided into four heads.
11The name of the first is Pison; that is it which compasses the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
12and the gold of that land is good; there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
13And the name of the second river is Gihon; this is the same that compasses the whole land of Ethiopia.
14And the name of the third river is Hiddekel; this is that which goes toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
15And the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
16¶ And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou may freely eat;
17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou dost eat of it thou shalt surely die.
18¶ And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.
19And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living soul, that was its name.
20And the man gave names to every beast, and to the fowl of the heavens, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a help meet for him.
21¶ And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and he took one of his sides and closed up the flesh in its place;
22and the Lord God built that which he had taken from the side of the man into a woman and brought her unto the man.
23And the man said, This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman because she was taken out of Man.
24Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh.
25And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
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1Heaven and Earth were finished,
down to the last detail.
2-4By the seventh day
God had finished his work.
On the seventh day
he rested from all his work.
God blessed the seventh day.
He made it a Holy Day
Because on that day he rested from his work,
all the creating God had done.
This is the story of how it all started,
of Heaven and Earth when they were created.
Adam and Eve
5-7At the time God made Earth and Heaven, before any grasses or shrubs had sprouted from the ground—God hadn’t yet sent rain on Earth, nor was there anyone around to work the ground (the whole Earth was watered by underground springs)—God formed Man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The Man came alive—a living soul!
8-9Then God planted a garden in Eden, in the east. He put the Man he had just made in it. God made all kinds of trees grow from the ground, trees beautiful to look at and good to eat. The Tree-of-Life was in the middle of the garden, also the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil.
10-14A river flows out of Eden to water the garden and from there divides into four rivers. The first is named Pishon; it flows through Havilah where there is gold. The gold of this land is good. The land is also known for a sweet-scented resin and the onyx stone. The second river is named Gihon; it flows through the land of Cush. The third river is named Hiddekel and flows east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.
15God took the Man and set him down in the Garden of Eden to work the ground and keep it in order.
16-17God commanded the Man, “You can eat from any tree in the garden, except from the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil. Don’t eat from it. The moment you eat from that tree, you’re dead.”
18-20God said, “It’s not good for the Man to be alone; I’ll make him a helper, a companion.” So God formed from the dirt of the ground all the animals of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the Man to see what he would name them. Whatever the Man called each living creature, that was its name. The Man named the cattle, named the birds of the air, named the wild animals; but he didn’t find a suitable companion.
21-22God put the Man into a deep sleep. As he slept he removed one of his ribs and replaced it with flesh. God then used the rib that he had taken from the Man to make Woman and presented her to the Man.
23-25The Man said,
“Finally! Bone of my bone,
flesh of my flesh!
Name her Woman
for she was made from Man.”
Therefore a man leaves his father and mother and embraces his wife. They become one flesh.
The two of them, the Man and his Wife, were naked, but they felt no shame.