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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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1The creation of the heavens, the earth, and everything in them#2:1. “Everything in them”: literally, “all the array of them.” The word used for “array” is usually a military term designating the formation of an army of soldiers. was complete. 2By the time the seventh day came, God had finished the work he'd done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work he'd been doing. 3God blessed the seventh day, and set it apart as holy, because he rested from all the work he'd done in creation.
4This is the account of the Lord God's creation when he made the heavens and the earth.
5Up to this point there were no wild plants#2:5. “Plants”: the word can also mean “bushes” or “shrubs.” or crops growing on the earth, because the Lord God hadn't sent rain, and there was no one to cultivate the ground. 6Dew came up from the earth and made the whole surface of the ground wet. 7The Lord God shaped the man Adam#2:7. The word for man is Adam, so it serves the purpose of identifying both the first man and his personal name. Since it is not always clear whether the term refers to man generically or the person of Adam, this version has chosen in most cases to translate “the man” as Adam, and then by extension, “the woman,” as Eve, even though she is not specifically named until 3:20. In this way the account is brought to a more personal level. In addition note that the word for ground is “adamah,” showing the close connection of the man to the earth. from the dust of the ground. He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and Adam became a living being.
8The Lord planted a garden in Eden, in the east. There he put the man Adam he had created. 9The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow in the garden, beautiful trees and trees producing fruit that's good to eat. The tree of life was in the middle of the garden, along with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 10A river flowed out from Eden to water the garden. From there it split into four branches. 11The first branch was called the Pishon and it flowed through the whole land of Havilah, where gold is found. 12(The gold from that land is pure. Bdellium#2:12. “Bdellium”: later references state that this is an aromatic resin. Whether this is the same substance as mentioned here is not known. and onyx stone are also found there.) 13The second branch was called the Gihon and it flowed through the whole land of Cush.#2:13. “Cush”: in much of the Old Testament this is another name for Ethiopia; whether this is so here is uncertain. 14The third branch was called the Tigris#2:14. “Tigris”: literally “Hiddekel,” thought to be the old Hebrew name for the Tigris. See also Daniel 10:4. and it flowed east of the city of Asshur. The fourth branch was called the Euphrates.#2:14. “Euphrates”: literally “Parat,” usually thought to be synonymous with the Euphrates.
15The Lord God put the man in the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and care for it. 16The Lord God ordered Adam, “You are free to eat fruit from every tree in the garden, 17but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, because the day you eat from it you are certain to die.”
18Then the Lord God said, “It's not good for Adam to be alone. I will make someone to help him, someone that's like him.”
19The Lord God used the ground to make all the wild animals, and all the birds. He took them all to Adam to see what he would call them, and Adam named every living creature. 20Adam gave names to all the livestock, all the birds, and all the wild animals. But Adam didn't find anyone like him who could help him.
21So the Lord God put Adam into a deep sleep and as he slept the Lord God removed one of Adam's ribs and closed up the place where he took it with body tissue. 22The Lord God made a woman, using the rib he'd taken from Adam, and presented her to Adam.
23“Finally!” said Adam. “Here is bone from my bone and flesh from my flesh. She shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man.”#2:23. “Man”: a different Hebrew word is used here and in the following verse.
24This is the reason a man leaves his father and mother and is joined#2:24. “Joined”: literally, “clings to,” or “sticks together with.” to his wife, and the two become one being. 25Adam and his wife Eve#2:25. See note under 2:7. were both naked, but they weren't embarrassed about it.