4 That's how God created the heavens and the earth.
The Garden of Eden
When the Lord
God made the heavens and the earth,
no grass or plants were growing anywhere. God had not yet sent any rain, and there was no one to work the land.
f 2.6 streams: Or “mist.”
came up from the ground and watered the earth.
God took a handful of soil and made a man.
g 2.7 man: In Hebrew “man” comes from the same word as “soil.”
God breathed life into the man, and the man started breathing.
2.7 Ws 15.8
made a garden in a place called Eden, which was in the east, and he put the man there.
God placed all kinds of beautiful trees and fruit trees in the garden. Two other trees were in the middle of the garden. One of the trees gave life—the other gave the power to know the difference between right and wrong.
From Eden a river flowed out to water the garden, then it divided into four rivers.
The first one is the Pishon River that flows through the land of Havilah,
where pure gold, rare perfumes, and precious stones are found.
The second is the Gihon River that winds through Ethiopia.
h 2.13 Ethiopia: The Hebrew text has “Cush,” which was a region south of Egypt that included parts of the present countries of Ethiopia and Sudan.
The Tigris River that flows east of Assyria is the third, and the fourth is the Euphrates River.
15 The Lord God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it.
16 But the Lord told him, “You may eat fruit from any tree in the garden,
17 except the one that has the power to let you know the difference between right and wrong. If you eat any fruit from that tree, you will die before the day is over!”
18 The Lord God said, “It isn't good for the man to live alone. I need to make a suitable partner for him.”
19-20 So the Lord took some soil and made animals and birds. He brought them to the man to see what names he would give each of them. Then the man named the tame animals and the birds and the wild animals. That's how they got their names.
None of these was the right kind of partner for the man.