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I. IN the beginning God made the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was invisible and unfurnished and there was
darkness over this abyss; and a breath of God was brought on 3 above the water. And God said, "Let there be Light;" and 4 there was light. And God saw the light that it was good. And
God made a separation between the light and the darkness. 5 And God called the light day; and the darkness he called night. And there was an evening and there was a morning. The first day.
Then God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the water; and let it make a separation between water and wa7 ter." And it was so. God made the firmament; and God made
a separation between the water which was below the firmament 8 and the water which was above the firmament. And God called the firmament, heaven. And God saw that it was good. And there was an evening and there was a morning. The second day.
Then God said, "Let the water which is below the heaven be gathered into one receptacle and let the dry land appear." And it was so. The waters which were below the heaven were gathered into their several collections, and the dry 10 land appeared. And God called the dry land, earth; and the collections of the waters he called, seas. And God saw that it 11 was good. And God said, "Let the earth produce the grassy plant with sowing seed according to kind and according to likeness, and the fruit bearing tree together with the fruit, the seed of which is in it according to kind, upon the earth." And it 12 was so. The earth indeed produced the grassy plant with sowing seed according to kind and according to likeness, and the fruit tree together with fruit, the seed of which is in it, according to kind, in the earth. And God saw that it was 13 good. And there was an evening and there was a morning.
The third day.
14 Then God said, "Let there be luminaries in the firmament of heaven, to give light on the earth; to make a separation between the day and the night:-and let them be for signs 15 and for seasons and for days and for years; and let them be for an illumination in the firmament of heaven so as to shine 16 on the earth." And it was so. God indeed made the two great luminaries, the greater luminary for the regulations of
the day, and the lesser luminary, with the stars, for the regu17 lations of the night. And God placed them in the firmament of heaven so as to shine on the earth, and to regulate the day and the night, and to make a division between the light and the 18 darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was an evening and there was a morning. The fourth day.
20 Then God said, "Let the waters produce moving creatures having life; and winged creatures flying above the earth 21 in the open firmament of heaven." And it was so. God in, deed made the great sea monsters and every species of moving animals which the waters produced according to their kinds, 22 and every winged flying creature according to kind. And God saw that they were good. And God blessed them saying, "Increase and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let 23 flying creatures be multiplied on the earth." And there was an evening and there was a morning. The fifth day.
24 Then God said, "Let the earth produce animal life according to kind; four footed beasts and reptiles and wild beasts 25 of the earth according to kind." And it was so. God indeed made the wild beasts of the earth according to their kind, and the cattle according to their kind, and all the reptiles of the earth according to kind. And God saw that they were good. 26 Then God said, "Let us make man after our image and after a likeness; and let them have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the cattle, and the whole 27 carth, and all the reptiles which creep on the earth." So God made man. After an image of God he made him. A male and 28 a female he made them. And God blessed them saying, "Increase and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all the cattle, and all the earth, and all the reptiles which 29 creep on the earth." Moreover God said, “Behold I have given you every seed bearing plant, the sowing seed which is on the whole earth, and every tree which hath in itself the fruit of se30 minal seed, you shall have for food: And to all the beasts of
the earth, and to all the birds of the air, and to every reptile on the earth, which hath in it animal life, I have also given every 31 green herb for food." And it was so. And God saw all the
things which he had made, and behold they were very good. And there was an evening and there was a morning. The sixth day.
Thus were finished the heaven and the earth and all the ar2 rangement of them. And God finished on the sixth day these
his works which he made; and on the seventh day he desisted 3 from all these works of his which he made. And God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it; because on it he rested from all these works of his which God had taken occasion to make. This is the genealogy of heaven and earth. When they were 5 made,―on the day when the Lord God had made the heaven and the earth, and all the verdure of the field, before it was on the earth, and every herb of the field, before it sprang up, (for God 6 had not rained on the earth, nor was there a man to till it;
but a fountain ascended out of the earth and watered the whole 7 face of the ground,) then God formed the man, dust from the
earth, and breathed upon his face a breath of life, and the man 8 became a living soul. And God planted a garden in Eden to
wards the east and placed there the man whom he had made. 9 And God caused to spring up there also out of that ground every tree beautiful to the sight and good for food, and the tree of life in the middle of the garden, and the tree, for the purpose of knowing what was to be known of good and evil. 10 Now a river issueth out of Eden to water the garden: 11 thence it is divided into four heads. The name of the first is
Physon. This is that which encircleth the whole country Evilat, where there is gold, and the gold of that country is good. 12 There also is the carbuncle and the Prasian stone. And the 13 name of the second river is Geon. This is that which encircleth 14 the whole country of Ethiopia. And the third river is Tigris. This is that which floweth down over against the Assyrians. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
And the Lord God took the man whom he had made, and placed him in this garden of pleasure to work it and to watch. 16 And the Lord God gave a charge to Adam, saying, "Of every tree which is in the garden for food, thou mightest have 17 eaten; but from this tree, that you may know good and evil, you must not eat of it. On the day you eat of it, by death you shall die."
Then the Lord God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone: let us make for him a helper correspondent 19 to himself." Now God had also formed out of the earth all the beasts of the field, and all the birds of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called every living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all the cattle, and to all the fowls of the
air, and to all the wild beasts of the field. But for Adam there was 21 not found a helper like himself. Then God brought an ecstasy
upon Adam and caused him to sleep, and took one of his ribs 22 and filled up flesh instead thereof. And God built up the rib,
which he took from Adam, into a woman, and brought her to 23 Adam. And Adam said, "This now is bone of my bones, and
flesh of my flesh, let her be called Woman." Because she was 24 taken out of her man, therefore a man is to leave his father and his mother and cleave to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Now the two, both Adam and his wife were naked, and were not ashamed. But the serpent was the wisest of all the beasts on the earth which the Lord God had made, and the serpent said to the woman, "Why hath God said, you must 2 not eat of every tree of the garden?" And the woman said 3 to the serpent, "Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God said, You shall not eat of it, nor touch it, 4 that you may not die." And the serpent said to the woman, 5 "You will not by death die. For God knew that in the day
you eat thereof, your eyes would be opened and you would 6 be like gods knowing good and evil." And the woman saw that the tree was good for food; and that it is delightful to see with the eyes; and that to exercise understanding is comely, so having taken some of the fruit thereof, she ate and gave 7 also to her husband with her. And when they had eaten, the eyes
of them both were opened, and they perceived that they were naked. And they sewed together fig leaves and made for 8 themselves girdles. And when they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the evening, both Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God, among the trees of the garden.