2:1 And the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2:2 And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it; because that in it he rested from all his work which God had created toward making it good.20
20The absence of a statement, There was evening and there was morning, a seventh day, is considered significant in Hebrew expression. It may imply that its work is unfinished, and/or that the seventh day has not ended. Whether the creative work was interrupted temporarily or permanently is not stated or implied in the Hebrew.

2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, 21in the day that Jehovah God made earth and the heavens.
21The description of the entire creative period as the day might imply that solar days are not intended in Chapter 1 either.

2:5 And no plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up; for Jehovah God had not caused it to rain upon the earth: and there was not a man to till the ground;
2:6 but there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
2:7 And Jehovah God formed the 22man of the 23dust of the 24ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of 25life; and the man became a living soul.
22Lit. Adam [red earth] (twice) And in vs. 8.
23Or, clay or perhaps, elements
24Hb. adamah [earth, ground, land] or, And Jehovah God formed the human of the dust of the humus, (The human body is composed of the naturally-occurring elements of the earth, most or all of which are essential to health.)
25Lit. lives (pl.) And the lives in vs. 9, ch. 3:22, 24.


2:8 And Jehovah God planted a garden eastward, in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
2:9 And out of the ground made Jehovah God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
2:10 26And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became four heads.
26If vss. 10-14, which interrupt the context, are intended to parallel human history, then it may be inferred that Adam was created elsewhere in Eden before being put into the garden on the east side.

2:11 The name of the first is Pishon: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
2:12 and the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the 27onyx stone.
27Or, beryl.

2:13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Cush.
2:14 And the name of the third river is 28Hiddekel: that is it which goeth 29in front of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
28That is, Tigris:
29Or, on the east side of


2:15 And Jehovah God took the 30man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
30Lit. Adam [red earth] And many times elsewhere.

2:16 And Jehovah God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden 31thou shalt surely begin to eat:
31Hb. to eat thou shalt eat:

2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof 32thou shalt surely begin to die.
32Hb. to die thou shalt die. And in ch. 3:4.

2:18 And Jehovah God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him 33a visible help.
33Or, a help answering to him. or, a co-helper.

2:19 And out of the ground Jehovah God formed every beast of the field, and every bird of the heavens; and brought them unto the man to see what he would call them: and whatsoever the man called every living soul, that was the name thereof.
2:20 And the man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the heavens, and to every beast of the field; but for 34man there was not found a visible help.
34Hb. Adam

2:21 And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof:
2:22 and the rib, which Jehovah God had taken from the 35man, 36made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
35Hb. Adam … Isshah … Adam.
36Hb. builded he into a woman,


2:23 And the man said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called 37Woman, because she was taken out of 38Man.
37Hb. Isshah,
38Hb. Ish.


2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.