Genesis 2:8 - 3:24

Yahweh God planted a garden in Eden which is in the east, and there he put the man he had fashioned. 9 Yahweh God caused to spring up from the soil every kind of tree, enticing to look at and good to eat, with the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the middle of the garden. 10 A river flowed from Eden to water the garden, and from there it divided to make four streams. 11 The first is named the Pishon, and this encircles the whole land of Havilath where there is gold. 12 The gold of this land is pure; bdellium and onyx stone are found there. 13 The second river is named the Gihon, and this encircles the whole land of Cush. 14 The third river is named the Tigris, and this flows to the east of Ashur. The fourth river is the Euphrates. 15 Yahweh God took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden to cultivate and take care of it. 16 Then Yahweh God gave the man this admonition, ‘You may eat indeed of all the trees in the garden. 17 Nevertheless of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you are not to eat, for on the day you eat of it you shall most surely die.’

18 Yahweh God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helpmate.’ 19 So from the soil Yahweh God fashioned all the wild beasts and all the birds of heaven. These he brought to the man to see what he would call them; each one was to bear the name the man would give it. 20 The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of heaven and all the wild beasts. But no helpmate suitable for man was found for him. 21 So Yahweh God made the man fall into a deep sleep. And while he slept, he took one of his ribs and enclosed it in flesh. 22 Yahweh God built the rib he had taken from the man into a woman, and brought her to the man. 23 The man exclaimed:

‘This at last is bone from my bones,
and flesh from my flesh!
This is to be called woman,
for this was taken from man.’

24 This is why a man leaves his father and mother and joins himself to his wife, and they become one body. 25 Now both of them were naked, the man and his wife, but they felt no shame in front of each other.

3:1 The serpent was the most subtle of all the wild beasts that Yahweh God had made. It asked the woman, ‘Did God really say you were not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?’ 2 The woman answered the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the trees in the garden. 3 But of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden God said, “You must not eat it, nor touch it, under pain of death.”’ 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘No! You will not die! 5 God knows in fact that on the day you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good and evil.’ 6 The woman saw that the tree was good to eat and pleasing to the eye, and that it was desirable for the knowledge that it could give. So she took some of its fruit and ate it. She gave some also to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realised that they were naked. So they sewed fig-leaves together to make themselves loin-cloths.

8 The man and his wife heard the sound of Yahweh God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from Yahweh God among the trees of the garden. 9 But Yahweh God called to the man. ‘Where are you?’ he asked. 10 ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden;’ he replied ‘I was afraid because I was I naked, so I hid.’ 11 ‘Who told you that you were naked?’ he asked. ‘Have you been eating of the tree I forbade you to eat?’ 12 The man replied, ‘It was the woman you put with me; she gave me the fruit, and I ate it.’ 13 Then Yahweh God asked the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman replied, ‘The serpent tempted me and I ate.’

14 Then Yahweh God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, ]

‘Be accursed beyond all cattle,
all wild beasts.
You shall crawl on your belly and eat dust
every day of your life.
15 I will make you enemies of each other:
you and the woman,
your offspring and her offspring.
It will crush your head
and you will strike its heel.’

16 To the woman he said:

‘I will multiply your pains in childbearing,
you shall give birth to your children in pain.
Your yearning shall be for your husband,
yet he will lord it over you.’

17 To the man he said, ‘Because you listened to the voice of your wife and ate from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat,

‘Accursed be the soil because of you.
With suffering shall you get your food from it
every day of your life.
18 It shall yield you brambles and thistles,
and you shall eat wild plants.
19 With sweat on your brow
shall you eat your bread,
until you return to the soil,
as you were taken from it.
For dust you are
and to dust you shall return.’

20 The man named his wife ‘Eve’ because she was the mother of all those who live. 21 Yahweh God made clothes out of skins for the man and his wife, and they put them on. 22 Then Yahweh God said, ‘See, the man has become like one of us, with his knowledge of good and evil. He must not be allowed to stretch his hand out next and pick from the tree of life also, and eat some and live for ever.’ 23 So Yahweh God expelled him from the garden of Eden, to till the soil from which he had been taken. 24 He banished the man, and in front of the garden of Eden he posted the cherubs, and the flame of a flashing sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.

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