God makes a man and a woman
4 This is what happened when God made the heavens and the earth.
When the Lord God made the heavens and the earth, 5 there were no plants or grasses growing on the earth. That was because the Lord God had not sent any rain on the earth. Also, there was nobody to dig the soil so that plants would grow. 6 But streams of water were coming up from the earth. The water made all the top of the ground wet.
2:5When we write Lord like this, it is a special name for God. Sometimes people write it as ‘Yahweh’, or as ‘Jehovah’. It is his own name that he told Moses. See Exodus 3:14. It means ‘I am who I am’. This shows that God has always been there and he always will be there.
7 Then the Lord God took some soil from the ground and he made a man. He breathed air into the nose of the man to give him life. So, the man became alive.
2:7This tells us how God made the first man.
8 The Lord God planted a garden. It was in the east, in a place called Eden. God took the man that he made and he put him in the garden. 9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow from the ground there. The trees were beautiful to look at. The fruit from the trees was good to eat. In the middle of the garden were two trees. One was the tree that gives life. The other was the tree that gives knowledge of what is good and what is evil.
2:8in the east means that it was east of the land of Canaan. Canaan was the place where God's people went to live much later on.
2:9Eden was a very good place for the man to live. Everything that the man needed was there.
2:9Fruit from the first tree would cause people to live for ever with God. Fruit from the second tree would cause people to know about good things and bad things. They would understand the difference between these.
10 A river began in Eden. It went through the garden and it gave water for the ground. After that, it separated and it became four rivers. 11 The name of the first river is the Pishon. It goes through the whole land of Havilah. There is gold in that land. 12 The gold there is very good. Bdellium and onyx stone are also in Havilah.
2:12Bdellium is something that smells nice. It comes out from certain trees when you cut them. Onyx is a valuable stone.
13 The name of the second river is the Gihon. It goes through the whole land of Cush. 14 The third river is called the Tigris. It goes along the east side of Assyria. The fourth river is called the Euphrates.
15 The Lord God took the man and he put him in the garden of Eden. God wanted the man to work in the garden and to take care of it. 16 Then the Lord God told the man, ‘You may eat the fruit from any tree in the garden, as much as you like. 17 But you must not eat any fruit from the tree that gives knowledge of good and evil. If you do eat fruit from that tree, then you will certainly die that day.’
18 Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to live alone. I will make a helper who is right for him.’
2:18The helper was someone to live with the man. She would be just right so that they could help one another.
19 The Lord God took soil from the ground and he made all the animals and birds. Then he brought them to the man. God wanted to know what names the man would call them. Whatever the man called each living thing, that became its name. 20 So the man gave names to the livestock, to the birds of the air, and to all the other animals.
But none of these animals was the right helper for the man. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to sleep. While the man was sleeping, God took a rib from the man. Then he closed up the place and he covered it again with skin. 22 Then the Lord God took a rib out of the man. He used it to make a woman. He took the woman for the man to see her.
2:21The Lord God caused the man to sleep. The man did not just sleep because he was tired. He would sleep like that until God made him wake.
2:21A rib is a bone in the side of someone's body. God made the woman from the rib that he took from the man.
23 Then the man said, ‘Finally, this is someone who is right for me. She has bones that are taken from my bones. Her body comes from my body. I will call her “woman” because God used me, a man, to make her.’
24 Because of this, when a man marries, he leaves his father and his mother. Instead, God joins the man and his wife together. The two people become like one body.
2:24This verse tells us about how a man and his wife should live after their marriage. They need to become a new family that is separate from their parents' families.
25 The man and his wife did not wear any clothes. But they did not feel ashamed.