Genesis Chapter 2

The Book of Genesis centers on the story of creation. Chapter 2 describes the time and way the heavens and Earth were created; ultimately on the seventh day God rested. The Protestant and Catholic Churches now designate Sunday as their seventh day, and this is the day of rest. Chapter 2 describes to us that God blessed this day.

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God’s First Creations: Adam and the Garden of Eden

The second chapter of the Genesis discusses how God created man. Genesis tells us that Adam was the first human created on Earth, out of the dust. God endowed him with the breath of life, and in this instance, he gave Adam a soul. Soon afterwards, God created the Garden of Eden; in this garden, he placed a special tree, which Adam was forbidden to eat from. God’s command was steadfast and so he expected Adam to abide by it. In the Garden of Eden, God grew trees to provide sustenance to man and flowing rivers from which to drink. The four rivers are now the Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel, and Euphrates.

God’s Creation of Eve

At this point, God realized that man should not live alone. He then created the creatures on Earth and asked Adam to name them. God decided ultimately that Adam would need more than just the animals of the land and the sky. As a consequence, he took one of Adam’s ribs, and from this rib, he created Eve. God made Eve a part of Adam: a part of Man; she was created from Adam’s own body. This is an essential part of Genesis; this is why Christian, Protestant and Catholic recognize man and wife, through Adam and Eve’s union: “they shall be one flesh”.

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Genesis Chapter 2 (King James Version)

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

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