Bible: Genesis 1-2

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 

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