Bible: Genesis 2:4-25

The Creation of Man and Woman

2:4 This is the account 1  of the heavens and the earth 2  when they were created – when the Lord God 3  made the earth and heavens. 4 

2:5 Now 5  no shrub of the field had yet grown on the earth, and no plant of the field 6  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. 7  2:6 Springs 8  would well up 9  from the earth and water 10  the whole surface of the ground. 11  2:7 The Lord God formed 12  the man from the soil of the ground 13  and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, 14  and the man became a living being. 15 

2:8 The Lord God planted an orchard 16  in the east, 17  in Eden; 18  and there he placed the man he had formed. 19  2:9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow from the soil, 20  every tree that was pleasing to look at 21  and good for food. (Now 22  the tree of life 23  and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil 24  were in the middle of the orchard.)

2:10 Now 25  a river flows 26  from Eden 27  to water the orchard, and from there it divides 28  into four headstreams. 29  2:11 The name of the first is Pishon; it runs through 30  the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 2:12 (The gold of that land is pure; 31  pearls 32  and lapis lazuli 33  are also there). 2:13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it runs through 34  the entire land of Cush. 35  2:14 The name of the third river is Tigris; it runs along the east side of Assyria. 36  The fourth river is the Euphrates.

2:15 The Lord God took the man and placed 37  him in the orchard in 38  Eden to care for it and to maintain it. 39  2:16 Then the Lord God commanded 40  the man, “You may freely eat 41  fruit 42  from every tree of the orchard, 2:17 but 43  you must not eat 44  from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when 45  you eat from it you will surely die.” 46 

2:18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. 47  I will make a companion 48  for him who corresponds to him.” 49  2:19 The Lord God formed 50  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 51  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 52  no companion who corresponded to him was found. 53  2:21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, 54  and while he was asleep, 55  he took part of the man’s side 56  and closed up the place with flesh. 57  2:22 Then the Lord God made 58  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 59  is bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;

this one will be called 60 woman,’

for she was taken out of 61  man.” 62 

2:24 That is why 63  a man leaves 64  his father and mother and unites with 65  his wife, and they become a new family. 66  2:25 The man and his wife were both naked, 67  but they were not ashamed. 68 

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