1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and
empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the
3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and
he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called
“night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God 8
made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so.
God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground
appear.” And it was so. 10God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called
“seas.” And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that
bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12The land produced
vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and t13es bearing fruit with seed in it
according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was
morning—the third day.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the15ay from the night,
and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in
the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16God made two great lights—the
greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the n18ht. He also made the stars.
God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night,
and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19And there was evening,
and there was morning—the fourth day.
20And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth
across the vault of the sky.” 21So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living
thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according t22their kinds, and every
winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said,
“Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the
earth.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
24And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock,
the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And
it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their
kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw
that it was good. 26
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over
the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a]and over
all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and
subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that
moves on the ground.”
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face30f the whole earth and every
tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth
and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has
the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was
morning—the sixth day.
2 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
By the seventh day God ha3 finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he
rested from all his work. 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
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the L ORD God
made the earth and the heavens.
Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up,6for the L O[c]
God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams came
up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. Then the L ORD God formed a
man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man
became a living being.
Now the 9 ORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had
formed. The L ORD 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.
10A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four
headwaters. 11The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah,
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where there is gold. (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are a[f] 14ere.)
The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds 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
16The L ORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.17
And the L ORD 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.”
18The L ORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for
Now the L ORD 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. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in
the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam [g]no suitable helper was found. 21So the L ORD God caused the man to fall into a
deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man‟s ribs and then closed up the
place with flesh. 22Then the L ORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the
man, and he brought her to the man.
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.”
That is why a man leaves his