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Creation of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2.4b-25
When the LORD God made the heavens and the earth, no
grass or plants were growing anywhere. God had not yet sent any rain, and there
was no one to work the land. But streams came up from the ground and watered
The LORD God took a handful of soil and made a man.
God breathed life into the man, and the man started breathing. The LORD made a garden in a place called Eden, which was in the
east, and he put the man there.
The LORD God placed all kinds of beautiful trees and
fruit trees in the garden. Two other trees were in the middle of the garden.
One of the trees gave lifethe other gave the power to know the difference
between right and wrong.
From Eden a river flowed out to water the garden, then it divided into four
rivers. The first one is the Pishon River that flows through the land of
Havilah, where pure gold, rare perfumes, and precious stones are found. The
second is the Gihon River that winds through Ethiopia. The Tigris River that
flows east of Assyria is the third, and the fourth is the Euphrates River.
The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to
take care of it and to look after it. But the LORD told
him, "You may eat fruit from any tree in the garden, except the one that has
the power to let you know the difference between right and wrong. If you eat
any fruit from that tree, you will die before the day is over!"
The LORD God said, "It isn't good for the man to live
alone. I need to make a suitable partner for him." So the LORD took some soil and made animals and birds. He brought them
to the man to see what names he would give each of them. Then the man named the
tame animals and the birds and the wild animals. That's how they got their
None of these was the right kind of partner for the man. So the LORD God
made him fall into a deep sleep, and he took out one of the man's ribs. Then
after closing the man's side, the LORD made a woman out of the rib.
The LORD God brought her to the man, and the man
"Here is someone like me! She is part of my body,
my own flesh and bones.
She came from me, a man.
So I will name her
That's why a man will leave his own father and mother. He marries a woman,
and the two of them become like one person.
Although the man and his wife were both naked, they were not ashamed.
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