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Genesis 2:1-25

2  And the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their legions; and God finished on the seventh day his work that he had done, 2*  and left off on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3*  And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because on it he had left off from all his work that he had done in creating. 4  This is the line of the heavens and the earth at their creation. 5  On the day that God Jehovah made earth and sky, when there was not yet in the earth any field bush, or any field herbage sprung up, because God Jehovah had not made it rain on the earth and there were no men to work the soil, 6  and a mist used to come up out of the earth and water all the surface of the soil, 7  God Jehovah shaped man in clay from the soil, and blew into his nostrils breath of life: and the man became a living person. 8  And God Jehovah planted a garden in ʽEden on the east, and put there the man he had shaped. 9  And God Jehovah caused to spring from the soil every tree inviting in looks and good for food, and the tree of life in the middle of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and bad. 10  And a river came out of ʽEden to water the garden, and from there it divided and made four heads: 11  the name of the first was Pishon, that is the one that goes all round the country of Havilah, where the gold is 12 * (and the gold of that country is good); that is where there is bdellium and beryl; 13  and the name of the second river was Gihon, that is the one that goes all round the Negroes’ country; 14  and the name of the third river was Tigris, that is the one that runs east of Asshur; and the fourth river was the Euphrates. 15  And God Jehovah took the man and put him down in the garden of ʽEden to work it and to watch it. 16  And God Jehovah gave the man orders: “From all the trees of the garden you are to eat, 17  but from the tree of knowledge of good and bad you are not to eat, because on the day you eat from it you shall die.” 18  And God Jehovah said “The man’s being alone is not good; I will make him a helper to match him.” 19  And God Jehovah shaped out of the soil all the wild beasts and all the birds of the air and brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and whatever the man called an animal was its name. 20**  And the man named all the cattle, and the birds of the air, and all the wild beasts; and for man he did not find a helper to match him. 21  And God Jehovah threw the man into a trance so that he lay asleep, and took one of his ribs and closed up flesh in its place; 22  and God Jehovah built the rib he had taken out of the man into a woman and brought her to the man. 23  And the man said “This, now, is bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh; this shall be called Woman, because this was taken out of man.” 24  That is why a man leaves his father and mother and keeps with his wife, and they become one flesh. 25  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and felt no shame.

Footnotes

2:2 Var. sixth
2:3 Lit. his work, doing which God had created.
2:12 (beryl) Unc.
2:20 Var. and all the birds
2:20 Conj.* for the man