15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden(A) 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;(B) 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,(C) for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”(D)

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

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals(F) and all the birds in the sky.(G) He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called(H) each living creature,(I) 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[a] no suitable helper(J) was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep;(K) and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[b] and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[c](L) 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;(M)
she shall be called(N) ‘woman,’
    for she was taken out of man.(O)

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united(P) to his wife, and they become one flesh.(Q)

25 Adam and his wife were both naked,(R) and they felt no shame.

The Fall

Now the serpent(S) was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?(T)

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,(U) 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.’”(V)

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.(W) “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,(X) knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable(Y) for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband,(Z) who was with her, and he ate it.(AA) Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked;(AB) so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.(AC)


  1. Genesis 2:20 Or the man
  2. Genesis 2:21 Or took part of the man’s side
  3. Genesis 2:22 Or part