Bible: Gen 1:1-4:26

The Creation of the World

1:1 In the beginning 1  God 2  created 3  the heavens and the earth. 4 

1:2 Now 5  the earth 6  was without shape and empty, 7  and darkness 8  was over the surface of the watery deep, 9  but the Spirit of God 10  was moving 11  over the surface 12  of the water. 13  1:3 God said, 14 Let there be 15  light.” 16  And there was light! 1:4 God saw 17  that the light was good, 18  so God separated 19  the light from the darkness. 1:5 God called 20  the light “dayand the darkness 21 night.” There was evening, and there was morning, marking the first day. 22 

1:6 God said, “Let there be an expanse 23  in the midst of the waters and let it separate water 24  from water. 1:7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. 25  It was so. 26  1:8 God called the expanse “sky.” 27  There was evening, and there was morning, a second day.

1:9 God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place 28  and let dry ground appear.” 29  It was so. 1:10 God called the dry ground “land 30  and the gathered waters he called “seas.” God saw that it was good.

1:11 God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: 31  plants yielding seeds according to their kinds, 32  and 33  trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.” It was so. 1:12 The land produced vegetation – plants yielding seeds according to their kinds, and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. God saw that it was good. 1:13 There was evening, and there was morning, a third day.

1:14 God said, “Let there be lights 34  in the expanse 35  of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them be signs 36  to indicate seasons and days and years, 1:15 and let them serve as lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” It was so. 1:16 God made two great lights 37 the greater light to rule over the day and the lesser light to rule over the night. He made the stars also. 38  1:17 God placed the lights 39  in the expanse of the sky to shine on the earth, 1:18 to preside over the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. 40  God saw that it was good. 1:19 There was evening, and there was morning, a fourth day.

1:20 God said, “Let the water swarm with swarms 41  of living creatures and let birds fly 42  above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” 1:21 God created the great sea creatures 43  and every living and moving thing with which the water swarmed, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. God saw that it was good. 1:22 God blessed them 44  and said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” 45  1:23 There was evening, and there was morning, a fifth day.

1:24 God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: cattle, creeping things, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” 46  It was so. 1:25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the cattle according to their kinds, and all the creatures that creep along the ground according to their kinds. God saw that it was good.

1:26 Then God said, “Let us make 47 

humankind 48  in our image, after our likeness, 49  so they may rule 50  over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, 51  and over all the creatures that move 52  on the earth.”

1:27 God created humankind 53  in his own image,

in the image of God he created them, 54 

male and female he created them. 55 

1:28 God blessed 56  them and said 57  to them, “Be fruitful and multiply! Fill the earth and subdue it! 58  Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every creature that moves on the ground.” 59  1:29 Then God said, “I now 60  give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the entire earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 61  1:30 And to all the animals of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to all the creatures that move on the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give 62  every green plant for food.” It was so.

1:31 God saw all that he had made – and it was very good! 63  There was evening, and there was morning, the sixth day.

2:1 The heavens and the earth 64  were completed with everything that was in them. 65  2:2 By 66  the seventh day God finished the work that he had been doing, 67  and he ceased 68  on the seventh day all the work that he had been doing. 2:3 God blessed the seventh day and made it holy 69  because on it he ceased all the work that he 70  had been doing in creation. 71 

The Creation of Man and Woman

2:4 This is the account 72  of the heavens and the earth 73  when they were created – when the Lord God 74  made the earth and heavens. 75 

2:5 Now 76  no shrub of the field had yet grown on the earth, and no plant of the field 77  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. 78  2:6 Springs 79  would well up 80  from the earth and water 81  the whole surface of the ground. 82  2:7 The Lord God formed 83  the man from the soil of the ground 84  and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, 85  and the man became a living being. 86 

2:8 The Lord God planted an orchard 87  in the east, 88  in Eden; 89  and there he placed the man he had formed. 90  2:9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow from the soil, 91  every tree that was pleasing to look at 92  and good for food. (Now 93  the tree of life 94  and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil 95  were in the middle of the orchard.)

2:10 Now 96  a river flows 97  from Eden 98  to water the orchard, and from there it divides 99  into four headstreams. 100  2:11 The name of the first is Pishon; it runs through 101  the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 2:12 (The gold of that land is pure; 102  pearls 103  and lapis lazuli 104  are also there). 2:13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it runs through 105  the entire land of Cush. 106  2:14 The name of the third river is Tigris; it runs along the east side of Assyria. 107  The fourth river is the Euphrates.

2:15 The Lord God took the man and placed 108  him in the orchard in 109  Eden to care for it and to maintain it. 110  2:16 Then the Lord God commanded 111  the man, “You may freely eat 112  fruit 113  from every tree of the orchard, 2:17 but 114  you must not eat 115  from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when 116  you eat from it you will surely die.” 117 

2:18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. 118  I will make a companion 119  for him who corresponds to him.” 120  2:19 The Lord God formed 121  out of the ground every living animal of the field and every bird of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would 122  name them, and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 2:20 So the man named all the animals, the birds of the air, and the living creatures of the field, but for Adam 123  no companion who corresponded to him was found. 124  2:21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, 125  and while he was asleep, 126  he took part of the man’s side 127  and closed up the place with flesh. 128  2:22 Then the Lord God made 129  a woman from the part he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 2:23 Then the man said,

This one at last 130  is bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;

this one will be called 131 woman,’

for she was taken out of 132  man.” 133 

2:24 That is why 134  a man leaves 135  his father and mother and unites with 136  his wife, and they become a new family. 137  2:25 The man and his wife were both naked, 138  but they were not ashamed. 139 

The Temptation and the Fall

3:1 Now 140  the serpent 141  was more shrewd 142 

than any of the wild animals 143  that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Is it really true that 144  God 145  said, ‘You must not eat from any tree of the orchard? 146  3:2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat 147  of the fruit from the trees of the orchard; 3:3 but concerning the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the orchard God said, ‘You must not eat from it, and you must not touch it, 148  or else you will die.’ 149  3:4 The serpent said to the woman, “Surely you will not die, 150  3:5 for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open 151  and you will be like divine beings who know 152  good and evil.” 153 

3:6 When 154  the woman saw that the tree produced fruit that was good for food, 155  was attractive 156  to the eye, and was desirable for making one wise, 157  she took some of its fruit and ate it. 158  She also gave some of it to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. 159  3:7 Then the eyes of both of them opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

The Judgment Oracles of God at the Fall

3:8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God moving about 160  in the orchard at the breezy time 161  of the day, and they hid 162  from the Lord God among the trees of the orchard. 3:9 But the Lord God called to 163  the man and said to him, “Where are you? 164  3:10 The man replied, 165 I heard you moving about 166  in the orchard, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.” 3:11 And the Lord God 167  said, “Who told you that you were naked? 168  Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? 169  3:12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave me, she gave 170  me some fruit 171  from the tree and I ate it.” 3:13 So the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this 172  you have done?” And the woman replied, “The serpent 173  tricked 174  me, and I ate.”

3:14 The Lord God said to the serpent, 175 

“Because you have done this,

cursed 176  are you above all the wild beasts

and all the living creatures of the field!

On your belly you will crawl 177 

and dust you will eat 178  all the days of your life.

3:15 And I will put hostility 179  between you and the woman

and between your offspring and her offspring; 180 

her offspring will attack 181  your head,

and 182  you 183  will attack her offspring’s heel.” 184 

3:16 To the woman he said,

I will greatly increase 185  your labor pains; 186 

with pain you will give birth to children.

You will want to control your husband, 187 

but he will dominate 188  you.”

3:17 But to Adam 189  he said,

Because you obeyed 190  your wife

and ate from the tree about which I commanded you,

‘You must not eat from it,’

cursed is the ground 191  thanks to you; 192 

in painful toil you will eat 193  of it all the days of your life.

3:18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,

but you will eat the grain 194  of the field.

3:19 By the sweat of your brow 195  you will eat food

until you return to the ground, 196 

for out of it you were taken;

for you are dust, and to dust you will return.” 197 

3:20 The man 198  named his wife Eve, 199  because 200  she was the mother of all the living. 201  3:21 The Lord God made garments from skin 202  for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. 3:22 And the Lord God said, “Now 203  that the man has become like one of us, 204  knowing 205  good and evil, he must not be allowed 206  to stretch out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 3:23 So the Lord God expelled him 207  from the orchard in Eden to cultivate the ground from which he had been taken. 3:24 When he drove 208  the man out, he placed on the eastern side 209  of the orchard in Eden angelic sentries 210  who used the flame of a whirling sword 211  to guard the way to the tree of life.

The Story of Cain and Abel

4:1 Now 212  the man had marital relations with 213  his wife Eve, and she became pregnant 214  and gave birth to Cain. Then she said, “I have created 215  a man just as the Lord did! 216  4:2 Then she gave birth 217  to his brother Abel. 218  Abel took care of the flocks, while Cain cultivated the ground. 219 

4:3 At the designated time 220  Cain brought some of the fruit of the ground for an offering 221  to the Lord. 4:4 But Abel brought 222  some of the firstborn of his flock – even the fattest 223  of them. And the Lord was pleased with 224  Abel and his offering, 4:5 but with Cain and his offering he was not pleased. 225  So Cain became very angry, 226  and his expression was downcast. 227 

4:6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why is your expression downcast? 4:7 Is it not true 228  that if you do what is right, you will be fine? 229  But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching 230  at the door. It desires to dominate you, but you must subdue it.” 231 

4:8 Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” 232  While they were in the field, Cain attacked 233  his brother 234  Abel and killed him.

4:9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” 235  And he replied, “I don’t know! Am I my brother’s guardian? 236  4:10 But the Lord said, “What have you done? 237  The voice 238  of your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground! 4:11 So now, you are banished 239  from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 4:12 When you try to cultivate 240  the

ground it will no longer yield 241  its best 242  for you. You will be a homeless wanderer 243  on the earth.” 4:13 Then Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment 244  is too great to endure! 245  4:14 Look! You are driving me off the land 246  today, and I must hide from your presence. 247  I will be a homeless wanderer on the earth; whoever finds me will kill me.” 4:15 But the Lord said to him, “All right then, 248  if anyone kills Cain, Cain will be avenged seven times as much.” 249  Then the Lord put a special mark 250  on Cain so that no one who found him would strike him down. 251  4:16 So Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and lived in the land of Nod, 252  east of Eden.

The Beginning of Civilization

4:17 Cain had marital relations 253  with his wife, and she became pregnant 254  and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was building a city, and he named the city after 255  his son Enoch. 4:18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father 256  of Mehujael. Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.

4:19 Lamech took two wives for himself; the name of the first was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah. 4:20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the first 257  of those who live in tents and keep 258  livestock. 4:21 The name of his brother was Jubal; he was the first of all who play the harp and the flute. 4:22 Now Zillah also gave birth to Tubal-Cain, who heated metal and shaped 259  all kinds of tools made of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.

4:23 Lamech said to his wives,

Adah and Zillah! Listen to me!

You wives of Lamech, hear my words!

I have killed a man for wounding me,

a young man 260  for hurting me.

4:24 If Cain is to be avenged seven times as much,

then Lamech seventy-seven times! 261 

4:25 And Adam had marital relations 262  with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son. She named him Seth, saying, “God has given 263  me another child 264  in place of Abel because Cain killed him.” 4:26 And a son was also born to Seth, whom he named Enosh. At that time people 265  began to worship 266  the Lord.

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