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Genesis 2:15–25

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15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Edenm to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;n 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,o for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”p

18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”q

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animalsr and all the birds in the sky.s He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man calledt each living creature,u that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adamf no suitable helperv was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep;w and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribsg and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the ribh x he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;y

she shall be calledz ‘woman,’

for she was taken out of man.a

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is unitedb to his wife, and they become one flesh.c

25 Adam and his wife were both naked,d and they felt no shame.

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