Genesis 2

2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

2:2 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.

2:3 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.

On the seventh day, God rested. (Even God gets tired sometimes.)
Does God work on the Sabbath?

The Second Creation Account


Cf. Genesis 1:1-2:3 - The First Creation Account

2:4 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,

The second creation account. Compare with Genesis 1:1-2:3 in which the order of events is entirely different.
The two creations

2:5 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 ground.

2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

Before God could create plants, he had to create rain to water them and a man to care for them. [1]
When were plants created?

2:7 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.

2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

God forms a man from dust and breaths life into his nostrils. [2, 3]
Were humans created before or after the other animals?

2:9 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.

2:10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.

2:11 The name of the first is Pison: 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 onyx stone.

2:13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.

2:14 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 created two magic trees: the tree of life and the tree of knowledge.

Eat from the first, and you become a god and live forever (3:22); eat from the second and you'll die the same day (2:17). [4]

2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

God put the man in the garden "to dress and to keep it."

Some believers claim that this verse requires them to be environmentalists.

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 thou shalt surely die.

Don't eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Why not? What's wrong with knowing right from wrong? [5]
May Adam eat from any tree?

2:18 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 is not good that man should be alone.
Is marriage a good thing?

2:19 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.

Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast.
From what were the animals created?

After making the animals, God has Adam name them all. [6]

2:20 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.

2:21 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;

God makes the animals and parades them before Adam to see if any would strike his fancy. But none seem to have what it takes.
When were humans created?
When was Eve created?
Did God originally create humans male and female?

2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

2:23 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.

2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

God fashions a woman out of one of Adam's ribs. [7]
Is polygamy OK?
When will Armageddon occur?
2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
And they were both naked ... and were not ashamed.
What the Bible says about nudism