The Book of Birth: Part Two
1 Thus the skies and the earth were done, in all their vast range. 2 By the end of the next day, God was done with the work, so on that day he took a break from his work. 3 And God set this day to one side and made it blessed, in light of the fact that he took a break from all the craft work that he had done. 4 This is the tale of the skies and the earth when they were made. When the Lord God made the earth and the skies—5 and no shrub of the field had yet come forth on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and wet the whole face of the ground—7 the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed in his nose the breath of life, and the man came to life. 8 Now the Lord God had placed a patch of plants in the east, in Eden, and there he put the man he had formed. 9 And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that looked nice and were good for food. In the heart of this patch were the tree of life and the tree where one could learn of good and of bad. 10 A stream which made the patch wet flowed in; from there it split to form four small streams. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; pearls and rich black rocks are found there too.) 13 The name of the next stream is the Gihon; it winds through the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third stream is the Tigris; it runs at the east side of Asshur. And the fourth stream is the Euphrates. 15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the patch of plants to work it and to take care of it. 16 And the Lord God told the man with force, “You are free to eat from all of the trees in this patch; 17 but you must not eat from the tree where you will learn of good and of bad, for when you eat of it you will die for sure.” 18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be on his own. I will make a fit mate for him.” 19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them, and what the man called each live beast came to be its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the tame beasts, the birds of the air, and all the beasts of the field. But for the man, no fit mate was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and while he slept, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a girl from the rib that he took from 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; she shall be called ‘girl’ for she comes out from man.” 24 It is due to this that a man will leave his mom and dad and be joined to his wife, and they will be of one flesh. 25 The man and his wife were both nude, and they felt no shame.
as told by Mark-->