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Adam and Eve
5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth[a] and no plant had yet sprung up,(C) for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth(D) and there was no one to work the ground, 6 but streams[b] came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 7 Then the Lord God formed(E) a man[c](F) from the dust(G) of the ground(H) and breathed into his nostrils the breath(I) of life,(J) and the man became a living being.(K)
8 Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden;(L) and there he put the man he had formed. 9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees(M) that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life(N) and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.(O)
10 A river(P) watering the garden flowed from Eden;(Q) 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,(R) where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin[d](S) and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.[e] 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris;(T) it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.(U)
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden(V) 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;(W) 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,(X) for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”(Y)
18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”(Z)
19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals(AA) and all the birds in the sky.(AB) He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called(AC) each living creature,(AD) 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[f] no suitable helper(AE) was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep;(AF) and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[g] and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[h](AG) he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said,
25 Adam and his wife were both naked,(AM) and they felt no shame.
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,(AP) 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”(AQ)
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable(AT) for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband,(AU) who was with her, and he ate it.(AV) 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked;(AW) so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.(AX)
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking(AY) in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid(AZ) from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”(BA)
12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me(BF)—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me,(BG) and I ate.”
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed(BH) are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust(BI)
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring[i](BJ) and hers;(BK)
he will crush[j] your head,(BL)
and you will strike his heel.”
16 To the woman he said,
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’(BO)
“Cursed(BP) is the ground(BQ) because of you;
through painful toil(BR) you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.(BS)
18 It will produce thorns and thistles(BT) for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.(BU)
19 By the sweat of your brow(BV)
you will eat your food(BW)
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”(BX)
21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.(BZ) 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us,(CA) knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life(CB) and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden(CC) to work the ground(CD) from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[m] of the Garden of Eden(CE) cherubim(CF) and a flaming sword(CG) flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.(CH)
- Genesis 2:5 Or land; also in verse 6
- Genesis 2:6 Or mist
- 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).
- Genesis 2:12 Or good; pearls
- Genesis 2:13 Possibly southeast Mesopotamia
- Genesis 2:20 Or the man
- Genesis 2:21 Or took part of the man’s side
- Genesis 2:22 Or part
- Genesis 3:15 Or seed
- Genesis 3:15 Or strike
- Genesis 3:20 Or The man
- Genesis 3:20 Eve probably means living.
- Genesis 3:24 Or placed in front