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Genesis 2

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1 And heaven#Or “the sky” and earth#Or “the earth” and all their array#Or “host” were finished. 2And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3And God blessed the seventh day, and he sanctified#Or “hallowed” it, because on it he rested from all his work of creating that there was to do.#Literally “which God created to do”
The Generations of Heaven and Earth
4These are the generations#Or “family records” of heaven#Or “the sky” and earth#Or “the earth” when they were created, in the day that Yahweh God made earth and heaven#Or “sky”5before any plant of the field was#Literally “and every plant of the field not yet was” on earth, and before any plant of the field#Literally “and every plant of the field not yet” had sprung up, because Yahweh God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no human being to cultivate the ground, 6but a stream would rise from the earth and water the whole face of the ground—7when#Or “and” Yahweh God formed the man#“The man” indicates the noun is singular and occurs with the definite article of dust from the ground, and he blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
8And Yahweh God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he put the man#“The man” indicates the noun is singular and occurs with the definite article whom he had formed. 9And Yahweh God caused to grow every tree that was pleasing to the sight and good for food. And the tree of life was in the midst of the garden, along with#Or “and” the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10Now#Or “And” a river flowed out from Eden that watered the garden, and from there it diverged and became four branches. 11The name of the first is the Pishon. It went around all the land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12(The gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stones are there.) 13And the name of the second is Gihon. It went around all the land of Cush. 14And the name of the third is Tigris. It flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
15And Yahweh God took the man#“The man” indicates the noun is singular and occurs with the definite article and set him in the garden of Eden to cultivate it and to keep it. 16And Yahweh God commanded the man,#“The man” indicates the noun is singular and occurs with the definite article saying, “From every tree of the garden you may freely eat,#Literally “eating you may eat” 17but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat#Literally “of your eating” from it you shall surely die.”#Literally “dying you shall die”
18Then#Or “And” Yahweh God said, “it is not good that the man#“The man” indicates the noun is singular and occurs with the definite article is alone. I will make for him a helper as his counterpart.”#Literally “as his opposite” 19And out of the ground Yahweh God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky,#Or “the heavens” and he brought each to the man#“The man” indicates the noun is singular and occurs with the definite article to see what he would call it. And whatever the man#“The man” indicates the noun is singular and occurs with the definite article called that living creature was its name. 20And the man#“The man” indicates the noun is singular and occurs with the definite article gave names#Literally “called names” to every domesticated animal and to the birds of heaven#Or “the sky” and to all the wild animals.#Literally “animals of the earth/land” But for the man there was not found a helper as his counterpart.#Literally “as his opposite” 21And Yahweh God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man.#“The man” indicates the noun is singular and occurs with the definite article While#Or “And” he slept, he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh where it had been.#Literally “the flesh in the place of it” 22And Yahweh God fashioned the rib which he had taken from the man#“The man” indicates the noun is singular and occurs with the definite article into a woman and brought her to the man.#“The man” indicates the noun is singular and occurs with the definite article 23And the man#“The man” indicates the noun is singular and occurs with the definite article said,
“She is now#Literally “this one the time” bone from my bones
and flesh from my flesh;
she#Literally “this one” shall be called ‘Woman,’
for she was taken#Literally “this one was taken” from man.”
24Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cling to his wife, and they shall be as one flesh. 25And the man#“The man” indicates the noun is singular and occurs with the definite article and his wife, both of them, were naked, and they were not ashamed.
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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.