1 So the earth, the sky, and everything in them were finished. 2 God finished the work he was doing. So on the seventh day God rested from his work. 3 God blessed the seventh day and made it a holy day. God made that day special because on that day he rested from all the work he did while making the world. 4 This is the history of the sky and the earth. This is the story about the things that happened at the time God made the earth and the sky. 5 This was before there were plants on the earth. Nothing was growing in the fields. This was because the Lord had not yet made it rain on the earth. And there was no person to care for the plants. 6 Water came up from the earth and spread over the ground. 7 Then the Lord God took dust from the ground and made a man. The Lord breathed the breath of life into the man’s nose, and the man became a living thing. 8 Then the Lord God planted a garden in the East, in a place named Eden. The Lord God put the man he made in that garden. 9 The Lord God made every beautiful tree and every tree that was good for food to grow in the garden. In the middle of the garden, the Lord God put the tree of life and also the tree that gives knowledge about good and evil. 10 A river flowed from Eden and watered the garden. That river then separated and became four smaller rivers. 11 The name of the first river was Pishon. This river flowed around the entire country of Havilah. 12 There is gold in that country, and that gold is good. There are also Bdellium and Onyx in that country. 13 The name of the second river was Gihon. This river flowed around the entire country of Ethiopia. 14 The name of the third river was Tigris. This river flowed east of Assyria. The fourth river was the Euphrates. 15 The Lord God put the man in the garden of Eden to work the soil and take care of the garden. 16 The Lord God gave the man this command. The Lord God said, “You may eat from any tree in the garden. 17 But you must not eat from the tree that gives knowledge about good and evil. If you eat fruit from that tree you will die!” 18 Then the Lord God said, “I see that it is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a person like him to help him.” 19 The Lord God used dust from the ground and made every animal in the fields and every bird in the air. The Lord God brought all these animals to the man, and the man gave everything a name. 20 The man gave names to all the tame animals, to all the birds in the air, and to all the wild animals of the forest. The man saw many, many animals and birds, but the man could not find a helper that was right for him. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to sleep very deeply. While the man was asleep, the Lord God took one of the ribs from the man’s body. Then the Lord God closed the man’s skin at the place where he took the rib. 22 The Lord God used the rib from the man to make a woman. Then the Lord God brought the woman to the man. 23 And the man said, “Finally! A person like me. Her bones are from my bones. Her body is from my body. She was taken out of man, so I will call her woman.” 24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife. This way, two people become one. 25 The man and his wife were naked, but they were not ashamed.