Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested
on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
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.
- The Seventh Day
- God rested. 
The Second Creation Account
These 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
- In the beginning, plants didn't exist, because:
- God hadn't yet made it rain,
- and there wasn't a man to till the ground. 
But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the
A mist watered the ground.
And the LORD God formed
man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;
and man became a living soul.
God formed a man from dust and breathed life into his nostrils. 
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.
- Among these were: 
- The tree of life in the center of the garden,
- And the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
God put the man in the garden "to dress and to keep it." 
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
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 thou shalt surely die.
God said to the man,
You may eat from every tree in the garden, except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The day you eat from that tree, you will die. 
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone;
I will make him
an help meet for him.
It's not good for the man to be alone. 
I'll make a help meet for him.
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.
From the ground, God made all of the animals. [9
After making the animals, God has Adam name them all. 
And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every
beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
Adam named all of the animals, but none of them appealed to him as a "help meet." [11
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and
he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman,
and brought her unto the man.
And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she
shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave
unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
God made a woman from one of Adam's ribs. 
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife,
and were not ashamed.
Adam and the (unnamed) woman were both naked, and they weren't ashamed. 
- On the seventh day ... he rested. (v.2)
Even God gets tired sometimes.
Does God work on the Sabbath?
- These are the generations. (vv.4-25.)
The second creation account. Compare with Genesis 1:1-2:3 in which the
order of events is entirely different.
The two creations
- There was not a man to till the ground. (v.5)
Before God could create plants, he had to create rain to water them and a man to care for them.
In chapter 1 plants are created on the third day before humans are created
on the sixth. In chapter 2 the order is reversed.
When were plants created?
- God formed man of the dust of the ground. (v.7)
But humans were not created instantaneously from dust and breath, but evolved over millions of years
from simpler life forms.
Were humans created before or after the other animals?
- 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).
- To dress it and to keep it (v.15)
Some believers claim that this verse
requires them to be environmentalists.
- In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (v.17)
Why can't he eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? What's wrong with knowing right from wrong?
May Adam eat from any tree?
- It is not good that man should be alone. (v.18)
God starts talking to himself again. (As he did in the last chapter.)
Is marriage a good thing?
- 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.
From what were the animals created?
- 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.
When were humans created?
When was Eve created?
Did God originally create humans male and female?
- One of his ribs (v.21)
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
Is polygamy OK?
When will Armageddon occur?
- And they were both naked ... and were not ashamed. (v.25)
The women is still nameless at this point. Adam doesn't give her a name until after they are expelled from the garden
near the end of the next chapter. (3:20)
It is interesting that God insisted that Adam name the millions of animals species (2:19),
but neither he nor Adam were in much of a hurry to name the woman.
What the Bible says about nudism
- Dwindling in Unbelief
- How many species did Adam name?
- Genesis 1-3 and the definition of marriage
- God's design for marriage 2:18-22
- OMGWTFBible: In the Beginning - Chapter 2 - (Genesis 2:4-6:4)
- In which the whole Paradise Lost thing goes down and Cain and Abel take sibling rivalry a little bit too far. Recorded live at the Parkside Lounge on November 19, 2012. Guest: Jacob Hartz
- Real Bible Stories
- Creation, Part II: Adam And Eve
- Messed up Bible stories
- Adam and Eve
- Slate Blogs the Bible by David Plotz
- From Creation to Flood
- Skeptic Commentary (DmitryBrant.com: Nitpicking Genesis)
- Genesis 2
- The Bible (Annotated)
- Genesis 2. Adam wants a human wife.
- Christian Responses
The Annotated Skeptic's Annotated Bible
- This beginning of miracles (Gen.2:1-3)
- God formed man (Gen.2:4-14)
- Tree of
the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Gen.2:15-17)
- An help meet for him (Gen.2:18-25)
- Answers in Genesis
- How could Adam have named all the animals in a single day?
Drunk With Blood: Genesis