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Genesis 2

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1Thus the heavens and the earth, and #Ps. 33:6all the host of them, were finished. 2#Ex. 20:9–11; 31:17; Heb. 4:4, 10And 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 #(Is. 58:13)blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
4#Gen. 1:1; Ps. 90:1, 2This is the history 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 #Gen. 1:11, 12plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not #Gen. 7:4; Job 5:10; 38:26–28caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man #Gen. 3:23to 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 #Gen. 3:19, 23; Ps. 103:14dust of the ground, and #Job 33:4breathed into his #Gen. 7:22nostrils the breath of life; and #1 Cor. 15:45man became a living being.
Life in God’s Garden
8The Lord God planted #Is. 51:3a garden #Gen. 3:23, 24eastward in #Gen. 4:16Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. 9And out of the ground the Lord God made #Ezek. 31:8every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. #(Gen. 3:22; Rev. 2:7; 22:2, 14)The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and #(Deut. 1:39)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 #Gen. 25:18the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12And the gold of that land is good. #Num. 11:7Bdellium 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 #Dan. 10:4Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.
15Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend 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 #Gen. 3:1, 3, 11, 17you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it #Gen. 3:3, 19; (Rom. 6:23)you shall surely #Rom. 5:12; 1 Cor. 15:21, 22die.”
18And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; #1 Cor. 11:8, 9; 1 Tim. 2:13I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 19#Gen. 1:20, 24Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and #Ps. 8:6brought them to Adam 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 #Gen. 15:12; 1 Sam. 26:12deep 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 made into a woman, #Gen. 3:20; 1 Tim. 2:13and He #Heb. 13:4brought her to the man.
23And Adam said:
“This is now #Gen. 29:14; Eph. 5:28–30bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was #1 Cor. 11:8, 9taken out of Man.”
24#Matt. 19:5; Eph. 5:31Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and #Mark 10:6–8; 1 Cor. 6:16be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
25#Gen. 3:7, 10And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not #Is. 47:3ashamed.
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The Seventh Day—Rest
1So the sky, the earth, and all that filled them were finished. 2By the seventh day God finished the work he had been doing, so he rested from all his work. 3God blessed the seventh day and made it a holy day, because on that day he rested from all the work he had done in creating the world.
The First People
4This is the story of the creation of the sky and the earth. When the Lord God first made the earth and the sky, 5there were still no plants on the earth. Nothing was growing in the fields because the Lord God had not yet made it rain on the land. And there was no person to care for the ground, 6but a mist would rise up from the earth and water all the ground.
7Then the Lord God took dust from the ground and formed a man from it. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nose, and the man became a living person. 8Then the Lord God planted a garden in the east, in a place called Eden, and put the man he had formed into it. 9The Lord God caused every beautiful tree and every tree that was good for food to grow out of the ground. In the middle of the garden, God put the tree that gives life and also the tree that gives the knowledge of good and evil.
10A river flowed through Eden and watered the garden. From there the river branched out to become four rivers. 11The first river, named Pishon, flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12The gold of that land is excellent. Bdellium and onyx are also found there. 13The second river, named Gihon, flows around the whole land of Cush. 14The third river, named Tigris, flows out of Assyria toward the east. The fourth river is the Euphrates.
15The Lord God put the man in the garden of Eden to care for it and work it. 16The Lord God commanded him, “You may eat the fruit from any tree in the garden, 17but you must not eat the fruit from the tree which gives the knowledge of good and evil. If you ever eat fruit from that tree, you will die!”
The First Woman
18Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is right for him.”
19From the ground God formed every wild animal and every bird in the sky, and he brought them to the man so the man could name them. Whatever the man called each living thing, that became its name. 20The man gave names to all the tame animals, to the birds in the sky, and to all the wild animals. But Adam did not find a helper that was right for him. 21So the Lord God caused the man to sleep very deeply, and while he was asleep, God removed one of the man’s ribs. Then God closed up the man’s skin at the place where he took the rib. 22The Lord God used the rib from the man to make a woman, and then he brought the woman to the man.
23And the man said,
“Now, this is someone whose bones came from my bones,
whose body came from my body.
I will call her ‘woman,’
because she was taken out of man.”
24So a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will become one body.
25The man and his wife were naked, but they were not ashamed.