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

18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; (D)I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 19 (E)Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and (F)brought them to [d]Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.

21 And the Lord God caused a (G)deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He [e]made into a woman, (H)and He (I)brought her to the man.

23 And Adam said:

“This is now (J)bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called [f]Woman,
Because she was (K)taken out of [g]Man.”

24 (L)Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and (M)be[h] joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

25 (N)And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not (O)ashamed.

The Temptation and Fall of Man(P)

Now (Q)the serpent was (R)more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the (S)fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you (T)touch it, lest you die.’ ”

(U)Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

So when the woman (V)saw that the tree was good for food, that it was [i]pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit (W)and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.


  1. Genesis 2:15 Or Adam
  2. Genesis 2:15 cultivate
  3. Genesis 2:17 Lit. dying you shall die
  4. Genesis 2:19 Or the man
  5. Genesis 2:22 Lit. built
  6. Genesis 2:23 Heb. Ishshah
  7. Genesis 2:23 Heb. Ish
  8. Genesis 2:24 Lit. cling
  9. Genesis 3:6 Lit. a desirable thing

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