The Books of the Bible Covenant History | Page 6

5 | Genesis T Genesis | 5 his is the ac­count of the heav­ens and the e ­ arth when they were cre­at­ed, when the Lord God made the ­earth and the heav­ens. Now no s ­ hrub had yet ap­peared on the e ­ arth and no p ­ lant had yet ­sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the ­earth and there was no one to work the g ­ round, but ­streams came up from the earth and wa­tered the ­whole sur­face of the ­ground. Then the Lord God ­formed a man from the dust of the g ­ round and b ­ reathed into his nos­trils the b ­ reath of life, and the man be­came a liv­ing be­ing. Now the Lord God had plant­ed a gar­den in the east, in Eden; and ­there he put the man he had ­formed. The Lord God made all kinds of t ­ rees grow out of the g ­ round — ​­trees that were pleas­ing to the eye and good for food. In the mid­dle of the gar­den were the tree of life and the tree of the knowl­edge of good and evil. A riv­er wa­ter­ing the gar­den f ­ lowed from Eden; from ­there it was sep­a­rat­ed into four head­wa­ters. The name of the ­f irst is the Pi­shon; it w ­ inds t ­ hrough the en­tire land of Hav­i­lah, w ­ here t ­ here is gold. (The gold of that land is good; ar­o­mat­ic res­in and onyx are also there.) The name of the sec­ond riv­er is the Gi­hon; it w ­ inds ­through the en­tire land of Cush. The name of the ­third riv­er is the Ti­gris; it runs ­along the east side of Ash­ur. And the ­fourth riv­er is the Eu­ phra­tes. The Lord God took the man and put him in the Gar­den of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God com­mand­ed the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the gar­den; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowl­edge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will cer­tain­ly die.” The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be a ­ lone. I will make a help­er suit­able for him.” Now the Lord God had f ­ ormed out of the g ­ round all the wild an­i­mals and all the b ­ irds in the sky. He b ­ rought them to the man to see what he w ­ ould name them; and what­ev­er the man c ­ alled each liv­ing crea­ture, that was its name. So the man gave n ­ ames to all the live­stock, the b ­ irds in the sky and all the wild an­i­mals. But for Adam no suit­able help­er was ­found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep ­sleep; and w ­ hile he was sleep­ ing, he took one of the m ­ an’s ribs and then c ­ losed up the p ­ lace with f lesh. Then the Lord God made a wom­an from the rib he had tak­en out of the man, and he b ­ rought her to the man. The man said, 2:4–2:23 2:4–2:23