And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he
had rested from all his work which God created and made.
God blessed the seventh day and made it holy.
Because he rested on that day.
The second creation account
4These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in
the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it
grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the
But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the
And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
God planted a garden in Eden, and put the man in it.
And out of the ground made the LORD 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 knowledge of good and evil.
And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was
parted, and became into four heads.
The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land
of Havilah, where there is gold;
And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth
the whole land of Ethiopia.
And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward
the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
God made all the trees that are nice to look at and good to eat.
And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field,
and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would
call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
The tree of life ... and the tree of knowledge of good and evil (v.9)
Eat from the first tree, and you become a god and live forever (3:22);
eat from the second and you'll die the same day (2:17).
God says that if Adam eats from the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil, then the day that he does so, he will die. But later
Adam eats the forbidden fruit (3:6) and yet lives for another 930 years (5:5).
Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast. (v.19)
But animals were not created instantaneously from the ground, but evolved over millions of years.
And we still don't have names for all of them. Ten thousand
new species of insects are discovered and named each year.
Note that in the first creation story, God makes humans (male and female) after the
other animals; in the second, God makes a man first, then the other animals, and then a woman.
God ... brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them. (v.19)
The naming of several million species must have kept Adam busy for a while.
This verse (Genesis 2:19) is the first in the Bible to give a name (Adam) to the man
that God created. Later, in Genesis 5:2, God calls both his male and female
human creations "Adam".
For Adam there was not found an help meet for him. (v.20)
It's interesting that all of the animals, both male and female, were made by God to provide a "help meet" for Adam.
I guess God wasn't sure which species or sex of animal Adam might prefer as his help meet.
Because of this story, it was commonly believed (and sometimes it is still said today) that males have one less
rib than females. When Vesalius showed in 1543 that the number of ribs was the same in males and females, it created a storm