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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 2

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1Thus the heavens and the earth and all their array were completed. p Is 45, 12; Jn 1, 3 . 2Since on the seventh day God was finished with the work he had been doing, he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had undertaken. q Ex 20, 9ff; 31, 17; Heb 4, 4.10 . 3So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work he had done in creation. r Ex 20, 11; Dt 5, 14; Neh 9, 14 .

4Such is the story of the heavens and the earth at their creation.

Second Story of Creation. * At the time when the LORD God made the earth and the heavens— 5while as yet there was no field shrub on earth and no grass of the field had sprouted, for the LORD God had sent no rain upon the earth and there was no man to till the soil, 6but a stream was welling up out of the earth and was watering all the surface of the ground— 7the LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground* and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being. s Gn 3, 19; 18, 27; Tb 8, 6; Jb 34, 15; Pss 103, 14; 104, 29; Eccl 3, 20; 12, 7; Wis 7, 1; Sir 33, 10; 1 Cor 15, 45 .

8Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden,* in the east, and he placed there the man whom he had formed. t Is 51, 3; Ez 31, 9 . 9Out of the ground the LORD God made various trees grow that were delightful to look at and good for food, with the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and bad. u Gn 3, 22; Prv 3, 18; Rv 2, 7; 22, 2.14 .

10A river rises* in Eden to water the garden; beyond there it divides and becomes four branches. 11The name of the first is the Pishon; it is the one that winds through the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12The gold of that land is excellent; bdellium and lapis lazuli are also there. 13The name of the second river is the Gihon; it is the one that winds all through the land of Cush. v Sir 24, 25 . 14The name of the third river is the Tigris; it is the one that flows east of Asshur. The fourth river is the Euphrates.

15The LORD God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it. w Sir 7, 15 . 16The LORD God gave man this order: “You are free to eat from any of the trees of the garden x Ps 104, 14. 17except the tree of knowledge of good and bad. From that tree you shall not eat; the moment you eat from it you are surely doomed to die.” y Gn 3, 2f; Rom 6, 23.

18The LORD God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him.” z Tb 8, 6; Sir 36, 24; 1 Cor 11, 9; 1 Tm 2, 13. 19So the LORD God formed out of the ground various wild animals and various birds of the air, and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them; whatever the man called each of them would be its name. 20The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of the air, and all the wild animals; but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man.

21So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. a Sir 17, 1; 1 Cor 11, 8f; 1 Tm 2, 13. 22The LORD God then built up into a woman the rib that he had taken from the man. When he brought her to the man, 23the man said:

“This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; This one shall be called ‘woman,’ for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.”*

24 b Mt 19, 5; Mk 10, 7; 1 Cor 7, 10f; Eph 5, 31 . That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.*

25The man and his wife were both naked, yet they felt no shame.

Notes:

p: Is 45, 12; Jn 1, 3 .

q: Ex 20, 9ff; 31, 17; Heb 4, 4.10 .

r: Ex 20, 11; Dt 5, 14; Neh 9, 14 .

s: Gn 3, 19; 18, 27; Tb 8, 6; Jb 34, 15; Pss 103, 14; 104, 29; Eccl 3, 20; 12, 7; Wis 7, 1; Sir 33, 10; 1 Cor 15, 45 .

t: Is 51, 3; Ez 31, 9 .

u: Gn 3, 22; Prv 3, 18; Rv 2, 7; 22, 2.14 .

v: Sir 24, 25 .

w: Sir 7, 15 .

x: Ps 104, 14.

y: Gn 3, 2f; Rom 6, 23.

z: Tb 8, 6; Sir 36, 24; 1 Cor 11, 9; 1 Tm 2, 13.

a: Sir 17, 1; 1 Cor 11, 8f; 1 Tm 2, 13.

b: Mt 19, 5; Mk 10, 7; 1 Cor 7, 10f; Eph 5, 31 .

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