Day 4

Written on 10/14/2020


Genesis 2:4-3:21

Here is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created. On the day when Adonai, God, made earth and heaven, 

there was as yet no wild bush on the earth, and no wild plant had as yet sprung up; for Adonai, God, had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no one to cultivate the ground. 

Rather, a mist went up from the earth which watered the entire surface of the ground.

Then Adonai, God, formed a person from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, so that he became a living being. 

Adonai, God, planted a garden toward the east, in ‘Eden, and there he put the person whom he had formed. 

Out of the ground Adonai, God, caused to grow every tree pleasing in appearance and good for food, including the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river went out of ‘Eden to water the garden, and from there it divided into four streams. 

11 The name of the first is Pishon; it winds throughout the land of Havilah, where there is gold. 

12 The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there. 

13 The name of the second river is Gichon; it winds throughout the land of Kush. 

14 The name of the third river is Tigris; it is the one that flows toward the east of Ashur. The fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 Adonai, God, took the person and put him in the garden of ‘Eden to cultivate and care for it. 16 Adonai, God, gave the person this order: “You may freely eat from every tree in the garden 

17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. You are not to eat from it, because on the day that you eat from it, it will become certain that you will die.”

18 Adonai, God, said, “It isn’t good that the person should be alone. I will make for him a companion suitable for helping him.” 

19 So from the ground Adonai, God, formed every wild animal and every bird that flies in the air, and he brought them to the person to see what he would call them. Whatever the person would call each living creature, that was to be its name. 

2So the person gave names to all the livestock, to the birds in the air and to every wild animal. But for Adam there was not found a companion suitable for helping him.

21 Then God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the person; and while he was sleeping, he took one of his ribs and closed up the place from which he took it with flesh. 

22 The rib which Adonai, God, had taken from the person, he made a woman-person; and he brought her to the man-person.

23 The man-person said, “At last! This is bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh. She is to be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” 

24 This is why a man is to leave his father and mother and stick with his wife, and they are to be one flesh.

25 They were both naked, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any wild animal which Adonai, God, had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You are not to eat from any tree in the garden’?” 

The woman answered the serpent, “We may eat from the fruit of the trees of the garden, 

but about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden God said, ‘You are neither to eat from it nor touch it, or you will die.’” 

The serpent said to the woman, “It is not true that you will surely die; 

because God knows that on the day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it had a pleasing appearance and that the tree was desirable for making one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her; and he ate. 

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together to make themselves loincloths.

They heard the voice of Adonai, God, walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, so the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Adonai, God, among the trees in the garden. 

Adonai, God, called to the man, “Where are you?” 

10 He answered, “I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself.” 

11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I ordered you not to eat?” 

12 The man replied, “The woman you gave to be with me — she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” 

13 Adonai, God, said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me, so I ate.”

14 Adonai, God, said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all livestock and wild animals. You will crawl on your belly and eat dust as long as you live. 

15 I will put animosity between you and the woman, and between your descendant and her descendant; he will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel.”

16 To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pain in childbirth. You will bring forth children in pain. Your desire will be toward your husband, but he will rule over you.”

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to what your wife said and ate from the tree about which I gave you the order, ‘You are not to eat from it,’ the ground is cursed on your account; you will work hard to eat from it as long as you live. 

18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat field plants. 

19 You will eat bread by the sweat of your forehead till you return to the ground — for you were taken out of it: you are dust, and you will return to dust.”

20 The man called his wife Havah [life], because she was the mother of all living.

21 Adonai, God, made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them