Bible: Genesis 2-4

2:1 The heavens and the earth 1  were completed with everything that was in them. 2  2:2 By 3  the seventh day God finished the work that he had been doing, 4  and he ceased 5  on the seventh day all the work that he had been doing. 2:3 God blessed the seventh day and made it holy 6  because on it he ceased all the work that he 7  had been doing in creation. 8 

The Creation of Man and Woman

2:4 This is the account 9  of the heavens and the earth 10  when they were created – when the Lord God 11  made the earth and heavens. 12 

2:5 Now 13  no shrub of the field had yet grown on the earth, and no plant of the field 14  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. 15  2:6 Springs 16  would well up 17  from the earth and water 18  the whole surface of the ground. 19  2:7 The Lord God formed 20  the man from the soil of the ground 21  and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, 22  and the man became a living being. 23 

2:8 The Lord God planted an orchard 24  in the east, 25  in Eden; 26  and there he placed the man he had formed. 27  2:9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow from the soil, 28  every tree that was pleasing to look at 29  and good for food. (Now 30  the tree of life 31  and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil 32  were in the middle of the orchard.)

2:10 Now 33  a river flows 34  from Eden 35  to water the orchard, and from there it divides 36  into four headstreams. 37  2:11 The name of the first is Pishon; it runs through 38  the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 2:12 (The gold of that land is pure; 39  pearls 40  and lapis lazuli 41  are also there). 2:13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it runs through 42  the entire land of Cush. 43  2:14 The name of the third river is Tigris; it runs along the east side of Assyria. 44  The fourth river is the Euphrates.

2:15 The Lord God took the man and placed 45  him in the orchard in 46  Eden to care for it and to maintain it. 47  2:16 Then the Lord God commanded 48  the man, “You may freely eat 49  fruit 50  from every tree of the orchard, 2:17 but 51  you must not eat 52  from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when 53  you eat from it you will surely die.” 54 

2:18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. 55  I will make a companion 56  for him who corresponds to him.” 57  2:19 The Lord God formed 58  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 59  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 60  no companion who corresponded to him was found. 61  2:21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, 62  and while he was asleep, 63  he took part of the man’s side 64  and closed up the place with flesh. 65  2:22 Then the Lord God made 66  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 67  is bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;

this one will be called 68 woman,’

for she was taken out of 69  man.” 70 

2:24 That is why 71  a man leaves 72  his father and mother and unites with 73  his wife, and they become a new family. 74  2:25 The man and his wife were both naked, 75  but they were not ashamed. 76 

The Temptation and the Fall

3:1 Now 77  the serpent 78  was more shrewd 79 

than any of the wild animals 80  that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Is it really true that 81  God 82  said, ‘You must not eat from any tree of the orchard? 83  3:2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat 84  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, 85  or else you will die.’ 86  3:4 The serpent said to the woman, “Surely you will not die, 87  3:5 for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open 88  and you will be like divine beings who know 89  good and evil.” 90 

3:6 When 91  the woman saw that the tree produced fruit that was good for food, 92  was attractive 93  to the eye, and was desirable for making one wise, 94  she took some of its fruit and ate it. 95  She also gave some of it to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. 96  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 97  in the orchard at the breezy time 98  of the day, and they hid 99  from the Lord God among the trees of the orchard. 3:9 But the Lord God called to 100  the man and said to him, “Where are you? 101  3:10 The man replied, 102 I heard you moving about 103  in the orchard, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.” 3:11 And the Lord God 104  said, “Who told you that you were naked? 105  Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? 106  3:12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave me, she gave 107  me some fruit 108  from the tree and I ate it.” 3:13 So the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this 109  you have done?” And the woman replied, “The serpent 110  tricked 111  me, and I ate.”

3:14 The Lord God said to the serpent, 112 

“Because you have done this,

cursed 113  are you above all the wild beasts

and all the living creatures of the field!

On your belly you will crawl 114 

and dust you will eat 115  all the days of your life.

3:15 And I will put hostility 116  between you and the woman

and between your offspring and her offspring; 117 

her offspring will attack 118  your head,

and 119  you 120  will attack her offspring’s heel.” 121 

3:16 To the woman he said,

I will greatly increase 122  your labor pains; 123 

with pain you will give birth to children.

You will want to control your husband, 124 

but he will dominate 125  you.”

3:17 But to Adam 126  he said,

Because you obeyed 127  your wife

and ate from the tree about which I commanded you,

‘You must not eat from it,’

cursed is the ground 128  thanks to you; 129 

in painful toil you will eat 130  of it all the days of your life.

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

but you will eat the grain 131  of the field.

3:19 By the sweat of your brow 132  you will eat food

until you return to the ground, 133 

for out of it you were taken;

for you are dust, and to dust you will return.” 134 

3:20 The man 135  named his wife Eve, 136  because 137  she was the mother of all the living. 138  3:21 The Lord God made garments from skin 139  for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. 3:22 And the Lord God said, “Now 140  that the man has become like one of us, 141  knowing 142  good and evil, he must not be allowed 143  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 144  from the orchard in Eden to cultivate the ground from which he had been taken. 3:24 When he drove 145  the man out, he placed on the eastern side 146  of the orchard in Eden angelic sentries 147  who used the flame of a whirling sword 148  to guard the way to the tree of life.

The Story of Cain and Abel

4:1 Now 149  the man had marital relations with 150  his wife Eve, and she became pregnant 151  and gave birth to Cain. Then she said, “I have created 152  a man just as the Lord did! 153  4:2 Then she gave birth 154  to his brother Abel. 155  Abel took care of the flocks, while Cain cultivated the ground. 156 

4:3 At the designated time 157  Cain brought some of the fruit of the ground for an offering 158  to the Lord. 4:4 But Abel brought 159  some of the firstborn of his flock – even the fattest 160  of them. And the Lord was pleased with 161  Abel and his offering, 4:5 but with Cain and his offering he was not pleased. 162  So Cain became very angry, 163  and his expression was downcast. 164 

4:6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why is your expression downcast? 4:7 Is it not true 165  that if you do what is right, you will be fine? 166  But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching 167  at the door. It desires to dominate you, but you must subdue it.” 168 

4:8 Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” 169  While they were in the field, Cain attacked 170  his brother 171  Abel and killed him.

4:9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” 172  And he replied, “I don’t know! Am I my brother’s guardian? 173  4:10 But the Lord said, “What have you done? 174  The voice 175  of your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground! 4:11 So now, you are banished 176  from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 4:12 When you try to cultivate 177  the

ground it will no longer yield 178  its best 179  for you. You will be a homeless wanderer 180  on the earth.” 4:13 Then Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment 181  is too great to endure! 182  4:14 Look! You are driving me off the land 183  today, and I must hide from your presence. 184  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, 185  if anyone kills Cain, Cain will be avenged seven times as much.” 186  Then the Lord put a special mark 187  on Cain so that no one who found him would strike him down. 188  4:16 So Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and lived in the land of Nod, 189  east of Eden.

The Beginning of Civilization

4:17 Cain had marital relations 190  with his wife, and she became pregnant 191  and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was building a city, and he named the city after 192  his son Enoch. 4:18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father 193  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 194  of those who live in tents and keep 195  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 196  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 197  for hurting me.

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

then Lamech seventy-seven times! 198 

4:25 And Adam had marital relations 199  with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son. She named him Seth, saying, “God has given 200  me another child 201  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 202  began to worship 203  the Lord.

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