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1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 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. 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. 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, 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. 6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 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. 8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 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. 10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. 11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; 12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. 13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. 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. 15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 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. 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. 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. 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. 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; 22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 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. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

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1 angela h = "God rested on the 7th day. He set the 7th day apart. Meaning it is different from His workdays. The 4th commandment is to "Remember the Sabbath (7th) day, to keep it holy." Exodus 20:8Many times throughout the Bible there are "memorial days or weeks" also known as "feasts" to celebrate key moments in time. This is the first.Later we find the seven feasts (Leviticus 23), Purim (Esther 9), and The Lord's Supper/Communion/Eucharist. I am sure there are more not mentioned here.The point is that we are not to take these key moments for granted. We celebrate and commemorate to show thankfulness to God for what He has done for us. If we celebrate without God being the center of our festivities, then we are celebrating to ourselves and not honoring God. Who is at the center of our holidays?"
2 Deena E = ""God blessed the 7th day and sanctified it...he had rested from all his work"The Hebrew word for rest is shabath, which also means to cease and desist. We live in an age and society where workaholism is glorified. For many of us, we generally lack the discipline to rest, but God gives us this example. There are so many health problems surfacing due to work-related stress and anxiety. Why wait until a doctor sits you down and orders you to rest? As God abstained from all his work on the 7th day, so should we."
3 angela h = "This is a transitional verse. It is letting us know that we will be getting different details in the rest of this chapter (not a different account; different details).When I give my testimony of how God saved me. There are times when I focus on my circumstances and how God brought me from a life of blatant sin and changed my life.There are other times when I focus on how I was empty and spiritually dead and God filled me with His Spirit and made me alive in Jesus. They are both the same event, but there are many facets to this event."
4 Raymond Huerta = "The first Creation account (Gen. 1) concludes with this summarizing phrase. The conclusion of the first begets the second Creation account in Genesis 2.Alter, Robert. "Chapter 2." Genesis. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996. Print."
5 Raymond Huerta = "The second account begins here and in this story God is more vividly anthropomorphic. This means he has human like qualities. For example, in the first creation story, God summons things into being from a distance through divine speech, in the second he works as a craftsman, fashioning his creation, blowing life-breath into nostrils, and even building a woman from a rib. The distinctions between these two accounts provides first a harmonious overview of creation (creation one) and then a more detailed report of human origins (creation two). Also, God in the second account is no longer called "'Elohim" (Hebrew for God) as he is in the first account; "YHWH 'Elohim" (LORD God) is now the name designated in Genesis two. Alter, Robert. "Chapter 2." Genesis. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996. Print."
6 Raymond Huerta = "This verse explains mans purpose and to why humans were created, God needed someone to till the ground. The symbolism related to the soil, the ground, and vegetation is prevalent throughout the Bible.See the following verses for examples:Genesis 2:15 Genesis 3:17-19,23Genesis 4:2,12 Deuteronomy 22:10 2 Samuel 9:10 Proverbs 12:11 Proverbs 28:19 Alter, Robert. "Chapter 2." Genesis. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996. Print."
7 angela h = "There is no record of rain in the Bible before the great flood. In Genesis 6:17 God tells Noah it will rain. In Genesis 7:10 God sends rain."
8 angela h = "This is Genesis 1:26-28 further explained. The first chapter of Genesis tells us God made man in His image. The second chapter tells us how he made man."
9 Raymond Huerta = "The Hebrew for "human" is 'adam which is a pun on the Hebrew word 'adamah, meaning soil. Breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: This is one of the examples of God's anthropomorphic nature in the second creation story in Genesis.  Alter, Robert. "Chapter 2." Genesis. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996. Print."
10 angela h = "God made a special garden for Adam and Eve. For those who trust Jesus as savior, Jesus  is now making a special place for us to spend eternity. See John 14:2-3."
11 angela h = "The man was taken to the special garden. Notice that even in paradise there is work. God never intended for men not to work. The work here would have been pleasant. Man was a groundskeeper and there were not yet weeds, thorns, drought, flood, swarms of locust, etc."
12 angela h = "God gives the man one rule. He also tells the man in advance what the consequence for breaking the rule is...death. Death was not instantaneous, but most assuredly Adam and Eve died."
13 Cary W = "Jesus said He was the truth and the life and the way and that in Him there is no darkness, nor shadow of turning.  Up until this point in Genesis, there had been no concept of evil or lack or sickness in the mind of man.  The tree of Life represents all that God creates and gives to us to care for; the tree of knowledge of both good and evil corrupts the blameless mind, opening the possiblity of there even being such a thing in all creation as the experience or knowledge of something no wholly good, or evil."
14 Deena E = "I find it interesting that God gave Adam this command prior to creating Eve. "
15 Raymond Huerta = "surely eat...doomed to die"To die" is a phrase regularly used throughout the Bible for the issuing of death sentences. "Doomed to die" is a common equivalent.Alter, Robert. "Chapter 2." Genesis. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996. Print."
16 angela h = "Humans are social creatures. Adam needed someone. God knows our needs. Matthew 6:8."
17 angela h = "We are reminded that God made the animals out of the ground. God allows Adam to name them. Adam did not find suitable companionship with any animals."
18 Raymond Huerta = "Here God is cementing Adam's dominion over the other animals created. This is similar to Genesis 1:26."
19 angela h = "This is the first ever anesthesia and surgery. "
20 Deena E = "Contrary to popular belief, women were created for men."
21 angela h = "Once a man and woman are married they operate as one. They have separate roles; both equally important. They should compliment one another not compete. They are one family and serve God together.  "
22 Raymond Huerta = "The word "made" is often translated as "built" because it complements the potter's term "formed" used for the creation of the first human. "Made" or "built" is more appropriate for the creation of the woman because the Lord is now working with hard material, not dust or soft clay. Alter, Robert. "Chapter 2." Genesis. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996. Print."
23 Raymond Huerta = "The first human is reported to have spoke for the first time only when there is another human with him. This is done in the form of a poem to name the second human. Alter, Robert. "Chapter 2." Genesis. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996. Print."
24 angela h = "Once married, that relationship is the second most important one (relationship with God is first). Man and woman serve together as one family unit."
25 Sarah R = "This verse is quoted by Jesus (Matthew 19:5; Mark 10:7-8) and Paul (1 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 5:31) in dealing with matters on marriage and marital faithfulness."
26 angela h = "This is a picture of their innocence. Just as babies have no shame in being naked, Adam and Eve had no shame. Babies have to be taught that it is shameful to be naked."
27 Raymond Huerta = "The obliviousness to their nakedness is foreshadowing the moment in which their innocence will be lost. See Genesis 3 "