The Word of the Lord

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Genesis 2

1 And the heavens and the earth were completed, and all the army of them.
2 And on the seventh day God completed His work1 which He had made; and He ceased2 on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and made· it ·holy, because in it He ceased from all His work which God created to make.
4 These are the births of the heavens and of the earth when He created them, in the day in which Jehovah3 God made the earth and the heavens.
5 And every shrub of the field was not·​·yet in the earth, and every herb of the field was not·​·yet growing, for Jehovah God had not caused it to rain on the earth. And there was no man to till the ground.
6 And He made a mist to go·​·up from the land, and watered all the faces of the ground.
7 And Jehovah God formed |man4, dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of lives5, and |man became a living soul.
8 And Jehovah God planted a garden in Eden from the east, and there He set |man whom He had formed.
9 And out·​·of the ground Jehovah God made to grow every tree desirable for seeing, and good for food; the tree of lives also, in the midst of the garden; and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10 And a river went·​·out from Eden to water the garden, and from thence it was separated, and was made6 into four heads.
11 The name of the first is Pishon; it surrounds all the land of Havilah, where there is gold.
12 And the gold of that land is good; the bdellium and the onyx stone is there.
13 And the name of the second river is Gihon; it surrounds all the land of Cush.
14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one going eastward·​·toward Assyria; and the fourth river, it is Euphrates.
15 And Jehovah God took |man, and placed him in the garden of Eden, to till it and to keep it.
16 And Jehovah God commanded |man7, saying, Of every tree of the garden eating thou shalt 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 of it, dying thou shalt die.
18 And Jehovah God said, It is not good that |man should be alone; I will make for him a help as with8 him.
19 And Jehovah God formed out·​·of the ground every animal of the field, and every fowl of the heavens, and brought it to |man to see what he would call it; and whatever |man called a living soul, that was its name #.
20 And |man gave9 names to every beast, and to the fowl of the heavens, and to every wild·​·animal of the field; but for man there was not found a help as with him.
21 And Jehovah God caused a deep·​·sleep to fall upon |man, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed the flesh instead·​·of it.
22 And the rib which Jehovah God had taken from |man, He built10 into a woman11, and brought her to |man.
23 And |man12 said, This one, this time is bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh; for this she shall be called a wife13, for this was taken out·​·of a man14.
24 Therefore shall a man15 leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
25 And the two of them were naked, |man16 and his wife, and were· not ·ashamed.

1“Work,” in this verse and the next, is closely related to the word for messenger or angel.

2In Hebrew, the verb here translated “ceased” is related to the word “Sabbath.” “Because there is a difference between the celestial man and the spiritual man, the ‘rest’ of the former is expressed in the original language by a word which means the Sabbath, while the ‘rest’ of the latter is expressed by another term, from which the name ‘Noah’ is derived, which properly means ‘rest.’” (AC 851)

3“Jehovah” is how the Heavenly Doctrine always spells this name of the Lord. In Latin, the J is pronounced as a Y and the V as a W, which agrees with the Hebrew. So although spelled Jehovah, it should be pronounced “Yehowah,” with the accent on the last syllable.

4“Man at his birth is like soil in which no seeds have been planted, but in which all seeds, both noble and ignoble, may be planted. This is why man was called Homo [man], from Humus [soil], and Adam [Hebrew for man], from Adamah, which means soil.” (TCR 48:13)

5“Lives” is plural because it refers to both the life of the will and the life of the understanding. (See AC 3623.)

6Cor. 27

7literally, “commanded on the man” (as in AC 125; but see AE 617:15)

8The Hebrew word here usually is rendered “in·​·front·​·of”. The Latin of AC has apud, which can mean “with” or “among.” The difficulty in rendering this in English is similar to the difficulty in understanding how man’s proprium is “with” him (see AC 140).

9literally, “called

10See AC 153 as to specifically why “built” is used here

11Hebrew: ishah (Latin: mulier see AC 156)

12Hebrew: adam (Latin: homo)

13Hebrew: ishah (Latin: uxor see AC 156)

14Hebrew: ish (Latin: vir)

15Hebrew: ish (Latin: vir)

16Hebrew: adam (Latin: homo)