1[1-5] When God first created the skies and the earth, the earth was useless and empty and no light shined on the waters that covered the earth. As the Spirit of God hovered over the top of the waters, God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then God separated the light from the darkness, calling the light “day” and the darkness “night.” So there was evening and morning, which was the first day.
[6-8] Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, separating the waters of the earth from the waters of the skies.” So God made a space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the skies, and it happened fair as God said. And God called the space “sky.” So there was evening and morning, which was the second day.
[9-13] Then God said, “Let the waters under the sky come together in one place, so that the dry ground may be seen.” And it happened fair as God said. God called the dry land “earth” and the waters that had come together “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the land grow grass and plants, which make the same kind of seeds, and fruit trees, which fruits make its seeds, to make the same kind of fruit trees.” And it happened fair as God said. So the earth grew grass and plants, which make the same kind of seeds, and fruit trees, which fruits make its seeds, to make the same kind of fruit trees. And God saw that it was good. So there was evening and morning, which was the third day.
[14-19] Then God said, “Let lights be made in the sky to separate the day from the night, which are for signs and seasons, days and years. Let them be for lights in the skies of the heavens to give light on the earth.” And it happened fair as God said. And God made two great lights, the sun, which is the greatest to light the day, and the smaller ones, the moon and the stars, to light the night. So God made the lights in the skies of the heavens to give light to the earth, to light the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So there was evening and morning, which was the fourth day.
[20-23] Then God said, “Let the seas be filled with living creatures, and let the skies of the earth be filled with birds.” So God created the great sea creatures, the fish, and every other living thing that moves, which are in the water, each after its own kind, and every bird with wings, each after its own kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God blessed them, saying, “Create more of your own kind and make many more. Let the sea creatures fill the seas, and let the birds fill the earth.” So there was evening and morning, which was the fifth day.
[24-25] Then God said, “Let the earth make living creatures, each animal after its own kind, the tame animals, the small animals that run around in the land, and the wild animals, each after their own kind.” And it happened fair as God said. And God made all kinds of wild animals, tame animals, and small animals to live in the land, each after its own kind. And God saw that it was good.
[26-28] Then God said, “Let us make human beings in Our likeness, as a reflection of Ourselves to rule over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the tame animals, all the wild animals of the earth, and the small animals that run around in the land.” So God created human beings to be like God. God created them, male and female, in the likeness of God. Then God blessed them and said, “Create more of your own kind and make many more people to fill the earth and take charge of it. Take charge of the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that run around in the land.”
[29-31] Then God said, “Look! I have given you every plant on the face of the earth, which makes its own seed and all the trees, which make their own fruit, for your food. And I have given every green plant as food for all the animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that run around in the land, everything that breathes with life.” And it happened fair as God said. Then God saw everything that was done, and it was very good! So there was evening and morning, which was the sixth day.
2[1-3] So the heavens and the earth and everything in them was finished. God had finished the work of creation by the seventh day, so God stopped to rest on the seventh day. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because it was the day God stopped working on all the creation.
Adam and Eve in the Garden
[4-6] This is the story of the birth of the skies and the earth in their creation. When Yahweh God made the earth and the heavens, neither plants nor grasses were growing on the earth yet. Yahweh God had not yet sent rain on the earth, and there were no people to work the soil. At that time, a mist came up from the ground and watered all the land.
[7-9] Then Yahweh God formed the first human being from the dust of the ground. God breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. Then Yahweh God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and placed the man who God had made in it. So Yahweh God made every tree that was beautiful or good for food to grow from the ground. And God placed in the middle of the garden the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
[10-14] A river went out of Eden, which watered the garden and which parts into four smaller rivers. The first one is called Pishon, which flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where gold is found. The gold of that land is very good, and aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there. The second one is called Gihon, which flowed around the whole land of Cush. The third one is called Tigris, which flowed east of the land of Asshur. The fourth one is called Euphrates.
[15-17] So Yahweh God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it. But Yahweh God told the man, “You may eat of every tree in the garden, except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. On the day you eat of it, you’ll start dying, and then you’ll die.”
[18-20] Then Yahweh God said, “It’s not good for man to be alone. I’ll make him a helper, who will be his equal.” Yahweh God had formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. So God brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and whatever the man called them became the name for each one. The man gave names to all the tame animals, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals of the lands. But for the man, there was not yet a helper to be his equal.
[21-25] So Yahweh God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, Yahweh God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the flesh where it was. Then Yahweh God built up the rib that was taken from the man, making it into a woman. And when God brought her to the man, the man said, “This was the right thing to do. This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She’ll be called woman, because she was taken from man.” (This is why a man leaves his father and mother and stays with his wife, and the two become as one person.) Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they weren’t ashamed of themselves.
The Fall of Humanity
3[1-5] Now the snake was the trickiest of all the animals that Yahweh God had made, and said to the woman, “Is it true that God said you can’t eat from any of the trees in the garden?” And the Woman said to the snake, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden, but only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; or you’ll begin to die.’” Then the snake said to the woman “You won’t begin to die! God knows that in the day you eat it, you’ll have knowledge, and you’ll be like God, knowing good and evil.”
[6-7] The woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was beautiful to look at and she wanted it to be wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it, and gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. Suddenly, they both knew that they were naked and were ashamed. So they sewed fig leaves together to make themselves clothes.
[8-13] Then the man and his wife heard Yahweh God walking through the garden in the breeze of the day, so they hid from the face of Yahweh God among the trees. Then Yahweh God called to the man, “Where are you?” So the man said, “I heard you walking in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.” Then Yahweh God asked, “Who told you that you were naked?” “Have you eaten from the tree which I told you not to eat?” Then the man said, “The woman You placed with me gave me the fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then Yahweh God asked the woman, “What have you done?” And she said, “The snake made me forget and I ate it.”
[14-19] Then Yahweh God said to the snake, “Because you’ve done this, you are cursed more than all the animals, both tame and wild. You’ll move around on your belly, and eat the dust as long as you live. And I’ll make you and the woman hate each other, and cause your child and her Child to be enemies. Her Child will hurt your head, and you’ll hurt her Child’s heel.” Then he said to the woman, “I’ll greatly increase your child bearing and your pain when you give birth. In sorrow, you’ll bear children, but you’ll want your husband anyway. In this way, He’ll have control over you.” And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree, which fruit I told you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. You’ll eat from it in sorrow all your life. When you eat the plants of the fields, It’ll grow thorns and brambles as well. You’ll eat by the sweat of your face until you go back to the ground from which you were made. You were made from dust, and you’ll go back to dust.”
[20-24] And the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all humanity. And Yahweh God made clothes for Adam and his wife from the skin of an animal that was killed and put it on them. Then Yahweh God said, “Look, the human beings have become like Us, knowing both good and evil. Now if they reach out, and take the fruit from the tree of life, and eat it, they’ll live forever!” So Yahweh God sent them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to work the ground from which he had been made. Then, Yahweh God put strong angels to the east of the Garden of Eden, and a flaming sword that moved to guard the way of the tree of life.
Cain and Abel
4[1-7] Now, Adam had sex with his wife, Eve, and she became pregnant. When she gave birth to Cain, she said, “Yahweh God has given me a man child!” Then she gave birth to his brother and named him Abel. When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, and Cain became a farmer. At the end of the year, when it was time for the harvest, Cain brought some of his crops as a gift to Yahweh and Abel also brought the fattest of the firstborn lambs from his flock. Yahweh accepted Abel and his gift, but he didn’t accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked upset. So Yahweh asked Cain. “Why are you so angry?” “Why do you look so upset? Won’t you be accepted if you do what’s right? But if you don’t do what’s right, sin follows. Sin wants to have control over you, but you must control it.
[8-12] Then Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go into the field.” And when they were in the field, Cain fought with his brother, Abel, and killed him. Then Yahweh asked Cain, “Where is your brother, Abel?” So Cain said, “I don’t know! Am I my brother’s keeper?” Then God said, “What have you done? The sound of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground! Now you are cursed from the ground, which has swallowed your brother’s blood, which you killed. When you work the land, it won’t give you anymore crops to make you strong! From now on you’ll be a wanderer on the earth, trembling with fright.”
[13-16] Then Cain said to Yahweh, “My punishment is too great for me! You’ve sent me from the land and I hide from your presence; you’ve made me a trembling wanderer. Everyone who finds me will try to kill me!” So Yahweh said, “No, I’ll punish anyone who kills you seven times as much.” Then Yahweh put a mark on Cain to warn anyone who might try to kill him. So Cain left Yahweh’s presence and wandered around, living in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
The Descendants of Cain
17-24 Cain had sex with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Then Cain built a city, which he named Enoch, after his son. Enoch had Irad. Irad had Mehujael. Mehujael had Methushael. Methushael had Lamech. And Lamech married two women. The first was named Adah, and the second was Zillah. Adah gave birth to Jabal, who was the first of those who bought and sold and who lived in tents. His brother’s name was Jubal, the first of all who played the musical instruments. Lamech’s other wife, Zillah, gave birth to a son named Tubal-cain. He became a teacher of those who made things of brass and iron. Tubal-cain had a sister named Naamah. One day Lamech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah, listen to me! Listen to me, you wives of Lamech. I have killed a man who hurt me, a young man who wounded me. If someone who kills Cain is to be punished seven times as much, then the one who kills me will be punished seventy-seven times as much!”
The Birth of Seth
[25-26] Adam had sex with his wife again, and she gave birth to another son. She named him Seth, and said, “God has granted me another son in place of Abel, whom Cain killed.” When Seth grew up, he had a son and named him Enosh. It was at that time that people first began to preach in the name of Yahweh.
The Descendants of Adam
5[1-5] This is the story of the descendants of Adam. When human beings were created, God made them to be like God. God created them, male and female, and blessed them and called them “human beings.” So when Adam was 130 years old, he had a son who was like him—in his own likeness. He named his son Seth. After the birth of Seth, Adam lived another 800 years, and had other sons and daughters. Adam lived 930 years, and then he died.
[6-8] When Seth was 105 years old, he had Enosh. After the birth of Enosh, Seth lived another 807 years, and had other sons and daughters. Seth lived 912 years, and then he died.
[9-11] When Enosh was 90 years old, he had Kenan. After the birth of Kenan, Enosh lived another 815 years, and had other sons and daughters. Enosh lived 905 years, and then he died.
[12-14] When Kenan was 70 years old, he had Mahalalel. After the birth of Mahalalel, Kenan lived another 840 years, and had other sons and daughters. Kenan lived 910 years, and then he died.
[15-17] When Mahalalel was 65 years old, he had Jared. After the birth of Jared, Mahalalel lived another 830 years, and had other sons and daughters. Mahalalel lived 895 years, and then he died.
[18-20] When Jared was 162 years old, he had Enoch. After the birth of Enoch, Jared lived another 800 years, and had other sons and daughters. Jared lived 962 years, and then he died.
[21-24] When Enoch was 65 years old, he had Methuselah. After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch kept living in the presence of God for another 300 years, and had other sons and daughters. Enoch lived 365 years, staying in the presence of God. Then he disappeared, because God took him.
[25-27] When Methuselah was 187 years old, he had Lamech. After the birth of Lamech, Methuselah lived another 782 years, and had other sons and daughters. Methuselah lived 969 years, and then he died.
[28-31] When Lamech was 182 years old, he had a son, who he named Noah. He said, “May he bring us rest from our work, the hard work of farming the land that Yahweh has cursed.” After the birth of Noah, Lamech lived another 595 years, and had other sons and daughters. Lamech lived 777 years, and then he died.
 Noah was 500 years old, and he had Shem, Ham, and Japheth.