ImmerseBeginnings NLT - Flipbook - Page 17
This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth.
When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, neither wild plants
nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent
rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil. Instead, springs came up from the ground and watered all the land. Then the
Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the
breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.
Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he
placed the man he had made. The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow
up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the
tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
A river flowed from the land of Eden, watering the garden and then
dividing into four branches. The first branch, called the Pishon, flowed
around the entire land of Havilah, where gold is found. The gold of that
land is exceptionally pure; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found
there. The second branch, called the Gihon, flowed around the entire land
of Cush. The third branch, called the Tigris, flowed east of the land of
Asshur. The fourth branch is called the Euphrates.
The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch
over it. But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of
every tree in the g arden—except the tree of the knowledge of good and
evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will
make a helper who is just right for him.” So the Lord God formed from
the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought
them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a
name for each one. He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the
sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him.
So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the
man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up
the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he
brought her to the man.
“At last!” the man exclaimed.
“This one is bone from my bone,
and flesh from my flesh!
She will be called ‘woman,’
because she was taken from ‘man.’”