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Genesis 2

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1#Dt 4:19; 17:3So the heavens and the earth, and all their hosts, were finished.
2#Ex 31:17; Heb 4:4On the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3#Lev 23:3; Mk 2:27Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He had rested from all His work which He had created and made.
Adam and Eve
4#Ge 1:4; Ex 15:3This is the account#Or will bless themselves. of the heavens and the earth when they were created.
In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 5#Ge 1:11–12; 3:23no shrub of the field was yet on the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. 6But a mist#Or flow. arose from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 7#Ge 3:19; 1Co 15:45; Ps 103:14Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.
8#Ge 13:10; Eze 28:13The Lord God planted a garden in the east, in Eden, and there He placed the man whom He had formed. 9#Ge 3:22; Rev 2:7; 22:2Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, along with the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
10#Ps 46:4A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four rivers. 11#Ge 25:18; 10:7The name of the first is Pishon; it encompasses the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12The gold of that land is good; bdellium and the onyx stone are there. 13The name of the second river is Gihon; it encompasses the whole land of Cush. 14#Da 10:4; Ge 15:18The name of the third river is Tigris; it goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.
15#Ge 2:8The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and to keep it. 16And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, 17#Ro 6:23; Ge 3:19; Jas 1:15but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
18#Ge 3:12; 1:31Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.”
19#Ge 1:28Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. Whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam#MT the man, or the Adam. there was not found a helper suitable for him.
21#Ge 15:12; 1Sa 26:12So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept. Then He took one of his ribs and closed up the place with flesh. 22Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man, He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
23#Ge 29:14; Jdg 9:2Then Adam said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she will be called Woman,
for she was taken out of Man.”
24#Ps 45:10; 1Co 7:10–11Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
25#Ge 3:7; 3:10–11They were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
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1So the heavens and the earth and everything else were created.
The seventh day
2By the seventh day God had finished his work, and so he rested.#Ex 20.11.#He 4.4,10. 3God blessed the seventh day and made it special because on that day he rested from his work.
4That's how God created the heavens and the earth.
The Garden of Eden
When the LORD God made the heavens and the earth, 5no grass or plants were growing anywhere. God had not yet sent any rain, and there was no one to work the land. 6But streams#2.6 streams: Or “mist”. came up from the ground and watered the earth.
7The LORD God took a handful of soil and made a man.#2.7 man: In Hebrew “man” comes from the same word as “soil”. God breathed life into the man, and the man started breathing.#1 Co 15.45. 8The LORD made a garden in a place called Eden, which was in the east, and he put the man there.
9The LORD God placed all kinds of beautiful trees and fruit trees in the garden. Two other trees were in the middle of the garden. One of the trees gave life—the other gave the power to know the difference between right and wrong.#Rev 2.7; 22.2,14.
10From Eden a river flowed out to water the garden, then it divided into four rivers. 11The first one is the River Pishon that flows through the land of Havilah, 12where pure gold, rare perfumes, and precious stones are found. 13The second is the River Gihon that winds through Ethiopia.#2.13 Ethiopia: The Hebrew text has “Cush”, which was a region south of Egypt that included parts of the present countries of Ethiopia and Sudan. 14The River Tigris that flows east of Assyria is the third, and the fourth is the River Euphrates.
15The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it. 16But the LORD told him, “You may eat fruit from any tree in the garden, 17except the one that has the power to let you know the difference between right and wrong. If you eat any fruit from that tree, you will die before the day is over!”
18The LORD God said, “It isn't good for the man to live alone. I need to make a suitable partner for him.” 19-20So the LORD took some soil and made animals and birds. He brought them to the man to see what names he would give each of them. Then the man named the tame animals and the birds and the wild animals. That's how they got their names.
None of these was the right kind of partner for the man. 21So the LORD God made him fall into a deep sleep, and he took out one of the man's ribs. Then after closing the man's side, 22the LORD made a woman out of the rib.
The LORD God brought her to the man, 23and the man exclaimed,
“Here is someone like me!
She is part of my body,
my own flesh and bones.
She came from me, a man.
So I will name her Woman!”#2.23 a man…woman: In Hebrew the words “man” and “woman” are similar.
24That's why a man will leave his own father and mother. He marries a woman, and the two of them become like one person.#Mt 19.5; Mk 10.7,8; 1 Co 6.16; Eph 5.31.
25Although the man and his wife were both naked, they were not ashamed.