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Genesis 2 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:1 - Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:2 - By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:3 - Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Adam and Eve

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:4 - This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:5 - Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth[fn] and no plant had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:6 - but streams[fn] came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:7 - Then the LORD God formed a man[fn] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:8 - Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:9 - The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:10 - A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:11 - The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:12 - (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin[fn] and onyx are also there.)
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:13 - The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:14 - The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:15 - The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:16 - And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:17 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:18 - The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:19 - Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:20 - So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam[fn] no suitable helper was found.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:21 - So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[fn] and then closed up the place with flesh.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:22 - Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib[fn] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:23 - The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:24 - That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:25 - Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
NIV Footnotes
Or land; also in verse 6
Or mist
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).
Or good; pearls
Possibly southeast Mesopotamia
Or the man
Or took part of the man’s side
Or part

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