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Genesis 2

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1So the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the furniture of them.
2And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made: and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done.
3And he blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
4These are the generations of the heaven and the earth, when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the heaven and the earth:
5And every plant of the field before it sprung up in the earth, and every herb of the ground before it grew: for the Lord God had not rained upon the earth; and there was not a man to till the earth.
6But a spring rose out the earth, watering all the surface of the earth.
7And the Lord God formed man of the slime of the earth, and breathed into his face the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
8And the Lord God had planted a paradise of pleasure from the beginning: wherein he placed man whom he had formed.
9And the Lord God brought forth of the ground all manner of trees, fair to behold, and pleasant to eat of: the tree of life also in the midst of paradise: and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
10And a river went of the place of pleasure to water paradise, which from thence is divided into four heads.
11The name of the one is Phison: that is it which compasseth all the land of Hevilath, where gold groweth.
12And the gold of that land is very good: there is found bdellium, and the onyx stone.
13And the name of the second river is Gehon: the same is it that compasseth all the land of Ethiopia.
14And the name of the third river is Tigris: the same passeth along by the Assyrians. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
15And the Lord God took man, and put him into the paradise of pleasure, to dress it, and keep it.
16And he commanded him, saying: Of every tree of paradise thou shalt eat:
17But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat. For in what day soever thou shalt eat of it, thou shalt die the death.
18And the Lord God said: It is not good for man to be alone; let us make him a help like unto himself.
19And the Lord God having formed out of the ground all the beasts of the earth, and all the fowls of the air, brought them to Adam to see what he would call them: for whatsoever Adam called any living creature the same is its name.
20And Adam called all the beasts by their names, and all the fowls of the air, and all the cattle of the field: but for Adam there was not found a helper like himself.
21Then the Lord God cast a deep sleep upon Adam: and when he was fast asleep, he took one of his ribs, and filled up flesh for it.
22And the Lord God built the rib which he took from Adam into a woman: and brought her to Adam.
23And Adam said: This now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man.
24Wherefore a man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be two in one flesh.
25And they were both naked, to wit, Adam and his wife: and were not ashamed.
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Chapter 2
1In that way God finished making the heavens and the earth, as well as everything in them.
2The seventh day came. Then God stopped the work that he had been doing. He had finished his work and he rested on the seventh day.
3God blessed the seventh day. He made it a special day, because he had finished making everything. He did not work on that day.
God makes a man and a woman
4This is what happened when God made the heavens and the earth.
When the Lord God made the heavens and the earth, 5there were no plants or grasses growing on the earth. That was because the Lord God had not sent any rain on the earth. Also, there was nobody to dig the soil so that plants would grow. 6But streams of water were coming up from the earth. The water made all the top of the ground wet. #2:6 When we write Lord like this, it is a special name for God. Sometimes people write it as ‘Yahweh’, or as ‘Jehovah’. It is his own name that he told Moses. See Exodus 3:14. It means ‘I am who I am’. This shows that God has always been there and he always will be there. He is above all other things.
7Then the Lord God took some soil from the ground and he made a man. #2:7 This tells us how God made the first man. He breathed air into the nose of the man to give him life. So, the man became alive.
8The Lord God planted a garden. It was in the east, in a place called Eden. #2:8 in the east means that it was east of the land of Canaan. Canaan was the place where God's people went to live much later on. God took the man that he made and he put him in the garden. 9The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow from the ground there. The trees were beautiful to look at. The fruit from the trees was good to eat. #2:9 Eden was a very good place for the man to live. Everything that the man needed was there. In the middle of the garden were two trees. One was the tree that gives life. The other was the tree that gives knowledge of what is good and what is evil. #2:9 Fruit from the first tree would cause people to live for ever with God. Fruit from the second tree would cause people to know about good things and bad things. They would understand the difference between these.
10A river began in Eden. It went through the garden and it gave water for the ground. After that, it separated and it became four rivers. 11The name of the first river is the Pishon. It goes through the whole land of Havilah. There is gold in that land. 12The gold there is very good. Bdellium and onyx stone are also in Havilah. #2:12 Bdellium is something that smells nice. It comes out from certain trees when you cut them. Onyx is a valuable stone.
13The name of the second river is the Gihon. It goes through the whole land of Cush. 14The third river is called the Tigris. It goes along the east side of Assyria. The fourth river is called the Euphrates.
15The Lord God took the man and he put him in the garden of Eden. God wanted the man to work in the garden and to take care of it. 16Then the Lord God told the man, ‘You may eat the fruit from any tree in the garden, as much as you like. 17But you must not eat any fruit from the tree that gives knowledge of good and evil. If you do eat fruit from that tree, then you will certainly die that day.’
18Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to live alone. I will make a helper who is right for him.’ #2:18 The helper was someone to live with the man. She would be just right so that they could help one another.
19The Lord God took soil from the ground and he made all the animals and birds. Then he brought them to the man. God wanted to know what names the man would call them. Whatever the man called each living thing, that became its name. 20So the man gave names to the livestock, to the birds of the air, and to all the other animals.
But none of these animals was the right helper for the man. 21So the Lord God caused the man to sleep. #2:21 The Lord God caused the man to sleep. The man did not just sleep because he was tired. He would sleep like that until God made him wake. While the man was sleeping, God took a rib from the man. Then he closed up the place and he covered it again with skin. #2:21 A rib is a bone in the side of someone's body. God made the woman from the rib that he took from the man. 22Then the Lord God took a rib out of the man. He used it to make a woman. He took the woman for the man to see her.
23Then the man said, ‘At last, this is someone who is right for me. She has bones that are taken from my bones. Her body comes from my body. I will call her “woman” because God used me, a man, to make her.’
24Because of this, when a man marries, he leaves his father and his mother. Instead, God joins the man and his wife together. The two people become like one body. #2:24 This verse tells us about how a man and his wife should live after their marriage. They need to become a new family that is separate from their parents' families.
25The man and his wife did not wear any clothes. But they did not feel ashamed.