Then the Lord God formed(A) a man[a](B) from the dust(C) of the ground(D) and breathed into his nostrils the breath(E) of life,(F) and the man became a living being.(G)

Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden;(H) and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees(I) that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life(J) and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.(K)

10 A river(L) watering the garden flowed from Eden;(M) from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah,(N) where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin[b](O) and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.[c] 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris;(P) it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.(Q)

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden(R) to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;(S) 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,(T) for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”(U)

18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”(V)

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals(W) and all the birds in the sky.(X) He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called(Y) each living creature,(Z) that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam[d] no suitable helper(AA) was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep;(AB) and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[e] and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[f](AC) he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;(AD)
she shall be called(AE) ‘woman,’
    for she was taken out of man.(AF)

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  1. Genesis 2:7 The Hebrew for man (adam) sounds like and may be related to the Hebrew for ground (adamah); it is also the name Adam (see verse 20).
  2. Genesis 2:12 Or good; pearls
  3. Genesis 2:13 Possibly southeast Mesopotamia
  4. Genesis 2:20 Or the man
  5. Genesis 2:21 Or took part of the man’s side
  6. Genesis 2:22 Or part

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