26 Then God said, (A)“Let us make man[a] in our image, (B)after our likeness. And (C)let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    (D)male and female he created them.

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, (E)“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

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  1. Genesis 1:26 The Hebrew word for man (adam) is the generic term for mankind and becomes the proper name Adam

15 The Lord God took the man (A)and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (B)you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat[a] of it you (C)shall surely die.”

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; (D)I will make him a helper fit for[b] him.” 19 (E)Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed[c] every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and (F)brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam[d] there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a (G)deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made[e] into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,

“This at last is (H)bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
    because she was (I)taken out of Man.”[f]

24 (J)Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

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  1. Genesis 2:17 Or when you eat
  2. Genesis 2:18 Or corresponding to; also verse 20
  3. Genesis 2:19 Or And out of the ground the Lord God formed
  4. Genesis 2:20 Or the man
  5. Genesis 2:22 Hebrew built
  6. Genesis 2:23 The Hebrew words for woman (ishshah) and man (ish) sound alike

The Fall

Now (A)the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You[a] shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, (B)‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” (C)But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,[b] she took of its fruit (D)and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, (E)and he ate. (F)Then the eyes of both were opened, (G)and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool[c] of the day, and the man and his wife (H)hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”[d] 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, (I)because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, (J)“The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, (K)“The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 The Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this,
    cursed are you above all livestock
    and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
    and (L)dust you shall eat
    all the days of your life.
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring[e] and (M)her offspring;
(N)he shall bruise your head,
    and you shall bruise his heel.”

16 To the woman he said,

“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
    (O)in pain you shall bring forth children.
(P)Your desire shall be contrary to[f] your husband,
    but he shall (Q)rule over you.”

17 And to Adam he said,

“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
    and have eaten of the tree
(R)of which I commanded you,
    ‘You shall not eat of it,’
(S)cursed is the ground because of you;
    (T)in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
    and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face
    you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
    for out of it you were taken;
(U)for you are dust,
    and (V)to dust you shall return.”

20 The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.[g]

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  1. Genesis 3:1 In Hebrew you is plural in verses 1–5
  2. Genesis 3:6 Or to give insight
  3. Genesis 3:8 Hebrew wind
  4. Genesis 3:9 In Hebrew you is singular in verses 9 and 11
  5. Genesis 3:15 Hebrew seed; so throughout Genesis
  6. Genesis 3:16 Or shall be toward (see 4:7)
  7. Genesis 3:20 Eve sounds like the Hebrew for life-giver and resembles the word for living

12 (A)“Honor your father and your mother, (B)that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

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“Hear, O Israel: (A)The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] You (B)shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And (C)these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. (D)You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (E)You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. (F)You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

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  1. Deuteronomy 6:4 Or The Lord our God is one Lord; or The Lord is our God, the Lord is one; or The Lord is our God, the Lord alone

15 (A)And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, (B)choose this day whom you will serve, whether (C)the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or (D)the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. (E)But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

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26 And she said, “Oh, my lord! (A)As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. 27 For this child I prayed, (B)and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. 28 Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.”

(C)And he worshiped the Lord there.

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Behold, (A)I was brought forth in iniquity,
    and in sin did my mother conceive me.

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Tell the Coming Generation

A Maskil[a] of (A)Asaph.

78 (B)Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
    incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
(C)I will open my mouth (D)in a parable;
    I will utter dark sayings from of old,
things that we have heard and known,
    that our (E)fathers have told us.
We will not (F)hide them from their children,
    but (G)tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
    and (H)the wonders that he has done.

He established (I)a testimony in (J)Jacob
    and appointed a law in (K)Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
    to teach to their children,
that (L)the next generation might know them,
    the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
    so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget (M)the works of God,
    but (N)keep his commandments;
and that they should not be (O)like their fathers,
    (P)a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation (Q)whose heart was not steadfast,
    whose spirit was not faithful to God.

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  1. Psalm 78:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term

13 For you (A)formed my inward parts;
    you (B)knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a]
(C)Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
15 (D)My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in (E)the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your (F)book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.

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  1. Psalm 139:14 Or for I am fearfully set apart

The Enticement of Sinners

(A)Hear, my son, your father's instruction,
    and forsake not your mother's teaching,

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15 Drink (A)water from your own cistern,
    flowing water from your own well.
16 Should your (B)springs be scattered abroad,
    streams of water (C)in the streets?
17 (D)Let them be for yourself alone,
    and not for strangers with you.
18 Let your (E)fountain be blessed,
    and (F)rejoice in (G)the wife of your youth,
19     a lovely (H)deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts (I)fill you at all times with delight;
    be intoxicated[a] always in her love.
20 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with (J)a forbidden woman
    and embrace the bosom of (K)an adulteress?[b]

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  1. Proverbs 5:19 Hebrew be led astray; also verse 20
  2. Proverbs 5:20 Hebrew a foreign woman

Warnings Against Adultery

20 (A)My son, keep your father's commandment,
    (B)and forsake not your mother's teaching.
21 (C)Bind them on your heart always;
    (D)tie them around your neck.
22 (E)When you walk, they[a] will lead you;
    (F)when you lie down, they will (G)watch over you;
    and when you awake, they will talk with you.

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  1. Proverbs 6:22 Hebrew it; three times in this verse

(A)An excellent wife is (B)the crown of her husband,
    but she who (C)brings shame is like (D)rottenness in his bones.

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24 (A)Whoever spares the rod hates his son,
    but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.[a]

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  1. Proverbs 13:24 Or who loves him disciplines him early

14 (A)The wisest of women (B)builds her house,
    but folly with her own hands (C)tears it down.

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(A)Grandchildren are (B)the crown of the aged,
    and the glory of children is their fathers.

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22 He who finds (A)a wife finds (B)a good thing
    and (C)obtains favor (D)from the Lord.

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(A)Train up a child in the way he should go;
    even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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