- And the heavens and the earth were finished, and the whole [a] world of them.
- [b] And God finished on the sixth day
his works which he made, and he ceased on the seventh day from all his
works which he made.
- And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it
he ceased from all his works which God [c]
began to do.
- This is the book of the generation of heaven and earth,
when [d] they were made, in the day in
which the Lord God made the heaven and the earth,
- and every herb of the field before it was on the earth, and all
the grass of the field before it sprang up, for God had not rained on
the earth, and there was not a man to cultivate it.
- But there rose a fountain out of the earth, and watered the whole
face of the earth.
- And God formed the man of dust of the earth and breathed
upon his face the breath of life, [e] and
the man became a living soul.
- And God planted a garden eastward in Edem, and placed there the
man whom he formed.
- And God made to spring up also out of the earth every tree
beautiful [f] to the eye and good for
food, and the tree of life in the midst of the garden, and the tree of
learning [g] the knowledge of good and
- And a river proceeds out of Edem to water the garden, thence it
divides itself into four heads.
- The name of the one, Phisom, this it is which encircles the whole
land of Evilat, where there is gold.
- And the gold of that land is good, there also is carbuncle and
- And the name of the second river is Geon, this it is which
encircles the whole land of Ethiopia.
- And the third river is Tigris, this is that which flows forth over
against the Assyrians. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
- And the Lord God took the man whom he had formed, and placed him
in the garden of Delight, to cultivate and keep it.
- And the Lord God gave a charge to Adam, saying, Of every tree
which is in the garden thou [h] mayest
- but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil -- of it ye
shall not eat, but in whatsoever day ye eat of it, ye shall [i] surely die.
- And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should
be alone, let us make for him a help [j]
suitable to him.
- And God formed yet farther out of the earth all the wild beasts of
the field, and all the birds of the sky, and he brought them to Adam,
to see what he would call them, and whatever Adam called any living
[k] creature, that was the name of it.
- And Adam [l] gave names to all the
cattle and to all the birds of the sky, and to all the wild beasts of
the field, but for Adam there was not found a help like to himself?
- And God brought a trance upon Adam, and he slept, and he took one
of his ribs, and filled up the flesh instead thereof.
- And God [m] formed the rib which he
took from Adam into a woman, and brought her to Adam.
- And Adam said, This now is bone [n] of
my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called [o] woman, because she was taken out of [p] her husband.
- Therefore shall a man leave his father, and his mother and shall
[q] cleave to his wife, and they two shall
be one flesh.
[a] Or, order. See John 1. 10.
[b] Heb. 4. 4.
[c] Or, made in the beginning. See
Acts. 1. 1.
[d] Or, it took place.
[e] 1 Cor. 15. 45.
[f] Gr. for sight.
[g] Or, that which is to be
known. Comp. Rom. 1. 19.
[h] Or, eat for food.
[i] Or, die by death.
[j] Gr. according to him.
[k] Gr. soul.
[l] Gr. called.
[m] Gr. built.
[n] Or, out of. See the force of
e0k in Eph. 5. 30.
[o] Or, wife.
[p] In the Heb. the reason of the
name appears. She shall be called Issha because she was taken
out of Ish.
[q] Gr. be cemented. Mat. 19. 5.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]