1So the heavens and the earth and everything in them # Lit and all their host were completed. # Neh 9:6; Ps 33:6; Is 34:4; 45:12 2By the seventh # Sam, LXX, Syr read sixth day God completed His work that He had done, and He rested # Or ceased on the seventh day from all His work that He had done. # Ex 20:8-11; 31:17; Dt 5:12-14; Heb 4:4 3God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it He rested # Ex 31:17 from His work of creation. # Lit work that God created to make # Ex 20:11; 31:17; Ps 121:2
Man and Woman in the Garden
4These are the records # Gn 5:1; 6:9; 10:1; 11:10,27; 25:12,19; 36:1,9; 37:2 of the heavens and the earth, concerning their creation at the time # Lit creation on the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. 5No shrub of the field # Gn 1:11-12 had yet grown on the land, # Or earth and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not made it rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground. 6But water would come out of the ground and water the entire surface of the land. 7Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground # Gn 3:19,23; 18:27; Ps 103:14; Ec 12:7; 1Co 15:47 and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, # Gn 7:22; Jb 33:4; Is 2:22 and the man became a living being. # 1Co 15:45
8The Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, # Gn 13:10; Is 51:3; Ezk 28:13; 31:8; Jl 2:3 and there He placed the man He had formed. 9The Lord God caused to grow out of the ground every tree pleasing in appearance and good for food, including the tree of life in the middle of the garden, # Gn 3:22; Rv 2:7; 22:2,14 as well as the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. # Pr 3:18
10A river went # Or goes out from Eden to water the garden. From there it divided and became the source of four rivers. # Lit became four heads 11The name of the first is Pishon, which flows through the entire land of Havilah, # Or of the Havilah # Gn 10:7,29; 25:18; 1Sm 15:7 where there is gold. 12Gold from that land is pure; # Lit good bdellium # A yellowish, transparent gum resin and onyx # Identity of this precious stone uncertain are also there. 13The name of the second river is Gihon, which flows through the entire land of Cush. 14The name of the third river is the Tigris, # Dn 10:4 which runs east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. # Gn 15:18
15The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it. 16And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, # Gn 3:1-2 17but you must not eat # Lit eat from it from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.” # Gn 3:5; Dt 30:15,19-20; Rm 6:23; 1Tm 5:6; Jms 1:15 18Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper as his complement.” # Pr 31:11-12; 1Co 11:9; 1Tm 2:13 19So the Lord God formed out of the ground every wild animal and every bird of the sky, and brought each to the man to see what he would call it. # Ps 8:6 And whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. 20The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every wild animal; but for the man # Or for Adam no helper was found as his complement. 21So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to come over the man, # Gn 15:12 and he slept. God took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place. 22Then the Lord God made the rib He had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man. # 1Co 11:8,12 23And the man said:
This one, at last, is bone of my bone
and flesh of my flesh;
this one will be called “woman,”
for she was taken from man. # Eph 5:28-30
24This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh. # Mal 2:15; Mt 19:5; Mk 10:7-8; 1Co 6:16; Eph 5:31 25Both the man and his wife were naked, yet felt no shame.
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Day number 7
1God finished making everything. He finished making the sky, and the earth, and everything that is on the earth too. 2After God finished all that, it was day number 7, and God rested on that day.#Hebrews 4:4, 10 3So God made day number 7 a good and special day. He said, “I’ve finished making everything now, and I’m resting on day number 7. So day number 7 is a special day.”#Exodus 20:11
At first everything was different
4This story is about the time when God made the earth and the sky. 5At first, God didn’t send any rain on the earth, and there were no people to make the ground right for the plants. So nothing was growing on the earth at that time. 6Water used to come up from under the ground and wet the top of all the ground.
God made the first man
7God took some dirt, and he made a man out of it. Then God breathed into the man’s nose, and God’s breath gave him life. So that man became a living person.#1 Corinthians 15:45
The garden in Eden
8Then God made a garden in a place called Eden. It was in the east part of the land. And God put the man in that garden. 9And God made some trees grow there in that garden. They were pretty, and they had fruit that was good to eat. And God put 2 special trees in the middle of the garden. If people eat the fruit of one of those trees, they will stay alive. And if they eat the fruit from the other tree, they will know if the things they do are good, or if they are bad.#Revelation 2:7; 22:2, 14
10A river started in Eden, and it watered the garden. Then that river flowed out and split up into 4 rivers. 11The 1st river was called Pishon. It flowed around the land called Havilah. In that country there was lots of gold. 12It was really good gold. And there were pretty stones, and a good-smelling gum that comes from a tree too.
13The 2nd river was called Gihon. It flowed all around the country called Cush.
14The 3rd river was called Tigris. It flowed east of the country called Assyria.
The 4th river was called Euphrates.
15God put the man into the garden in Eden and gave him some work to do. He had to look after the garden and make sure all the plants grew strong and healthy.
The special tree
16And God told the man, “You can eat fruit from the trees in this garden. 17There is only one tree that you can’t eat its fruit. You can’t eat the fruit from that tree that lets you know if the things you do are good, or if they are bad. I’m telling you, if you eat any fruit from that tree, you will die, for sure.”
God made the first woman
18And God said, “It is not good for this man to be by himself. I’m going to make somebody else to be a mate for the man, somebody that will be good for him.”
19And God made all the animals and birds out of dirt from the ground, and he brought them to the man. God wanted the man to give all the animals and birds their names. The man could say any name he wanted for each one, and those names stayed with them. 20So the man gave each animal a name. He named all the wild animals, and all the animals that are not wild, and all the birds. That man’s own name was Adam. (That name means man.) There were lots of animals and birds, but none of them were the right sort of mate that was good for Adam.
21So God made the man go to sleep. It was a really strong deep sleep. And while he was asleep, God took out one of his rib bones. Then God closed up the place where that rib was. 22Then God used the man’s rib bone and made a woman from it. After the man woke up, God took the woman over to the man. 23The man looked at that woman, and he said, “This is really good. Now I have a mate. God took out a part of my body, and he made it into a mate for me. Yes, he used my rib bone to make her. God made her out of a man’s body, so I’m going to call her woman.”
24That’s how God made a woman, he made her out of a man’s body. That is the reason why a man will leave his mother and father and marry a woman. The man and his wife will join with each other, and their bodies will be like one body.#Matthew 19:5; Mark 10:7-8; 1 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 5:31
25The man and his wife didn’t have any clothes on. They were both naked, but they didn’t feel any shame.
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