New International Reader's Version

Genesis 2:1-25

1So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed.

2By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing. So on that day he rested from all his work. 3God blessed the seventh day and made it holy. He blessed it because on that day he rested from all the work he had done.

Adam and Eve

4Here is the story of the heavens and the earth when they were created. The Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

5At that time, bushes had not yet appeared on the earth. Plants had not started to grow. The Lord God had not sent rain on the earth. And there was no one to farm the land. 6But streams came from the earth. They watered the entire surface of the ground. 7Then the Lord God formed a man. He made him out of the dust of the ground. God breathed the breath of life into him. And the man became a living person.

8The Lord God had planted a garden in the east in Eden. He put in the garden the man he had formed. 9The Lord God made every kind of tree grow out of the ground. The trees were pleasing to look at. Their fruit was good to eat. There were two trees in the middle of the garden. One of them had fruit that let people live forever. The other had fruit that let people tell the difference between good and evil.

10A river watered the garden. It flowed out of Eden. From there the river separated into four other rivers. 11The name of the first river is the Pishon. It winds through the whole land of Havilah. Gold is found there. 12The gold of that land is good. Onyx and sweet-smelling resin are also found there. 13The name of the second river is the Gihon. It winds through the whole land of Cush. 14The name of the third river is the Tigris. It runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is called the Euphrates.

15The Lord God put the man in the Garden of Eden. He put him there to farm its land and take care of it. 16The Lord God gave the man a command. He said, “You may eat fruit from any tree in the garden. 17But you must not eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you do, you will certainly die.”

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

19The Lord God had formed all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He had made all of them out of the ground. He brought them to the man to see what names he would give them. And the name the man gave each living creature became its name. 20So the man gave names to all the livestock, all the birds in the sky, and all the wild animals.

But Adam didn’t find a helper that was just right for him. 21So the Lord God caused him to fall into a deep sleep. While the man was sleeping, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs. Then the Lord God closed the opening in the man’s side. 22Then the Lord God made a woman. He made her from the rib he had taken out of the man. And the Lord God brought her to the man.

23The man said,

“Her bones have come from my bones.

Her body has come from my body.

She will be named ‘woman,’

because she was taken out of a man.”

24That’s why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife. The two of them become one.

25Adam and his wife were both naked. They didn’t feel any shame.

Japanese Contemporary Bible

創世記 2:1-25

2

1ついに全世界が完成しました。 2すべてを創造し終えると、神は七日目には休まれ、 3この日を祝福して、聖なる日と定めました。この日、天地創造の働きが完了したからです。

人間の創造

4主(イスラエルの神の名)なる神が世界を創造された時の模様は、次のとおりです。

5初めのうち、地には穀物はおろか、一本の植物さえも生えていませんでした。神がまだ地に雨を降らせず、土地を耕す人もいなかったからです。 6しかし、あちこちから泉がわき出て、全地を潤していました。

7やがて、主なる神が人を造る時がきました。まず、地のちりで体を造り上げ、それにいのちの息を吹き込んだのです。そこで人は、生きた人格を持つ者となりました。

8それから神は、東の方のエデンに園をつくり、そこに人を住まわせました。 9園には、あらゆる種類の美しい木が植えられています。どれも、極上の実をつける木ばかりでした。園の中央には、「いのちの木」と、善悪を判断する知恵のつく「良心の木」とがありました。

10さて、エデンの地からは一つの川が流れ出て園を潤し、それはやがて四つの流れに分かれていきます。 11-12その一つピション川は、ハビラ地方全域を蛇行していました。その地方からは、純度の高い金と美しいブドラフ(香りの良い樹脂を出す木)や、しまめのうが取れます。 13第二の川はギホンと呼ばれ、クシュの全域を流れる川です。 14第三がティグリス川で、アシュルの町の東側を流れていました。そして第四がユーフラテス川です。

15神は、人をエデンの園の番人にし、その管理を任せました。 16-17ただし、一つだけきびしい注意がありました。「園の果物はどれでも食べてよい。だが、『良心の木』の実だけは絶対に食べてはいけない。それを食べると、正しいことと間違ったこと、良いことと悪いことについて、自分勝手な判断を下すようになるからだ。それを食べたら、あなたは必ず死ぬ。」

18また、神はこう考えました。「人が一人でいるのはよくない。彼を助ける者がいなくては。」 19-20そこで神は、土からあらゆる種類の動物と鳥を造り、アダムのところへ連れて来て、名前をつけさせました。それぞれみな、アダムがつけたとおりの名前をもらいましたが、アダムの助けになるようなものは見当たりませんでした。 21それで神はアダムをぐっすり眠らせ、彼の体から肋骨を一本取り出し、そのあとをふさぐと、 22その骨で女を造り、彼のところへ連れて来ました。 23「ああ、これはすばらしい!」アダムは思わず叫びました。「私の骨と私の肉から造られた、まさに私の一部です。そうだ、『男』から造ったのだから、『女』と呼ぶことにします。」 24人が両親のもとを離れて妻と結ばれ、二人が一体となるのはこうした背景があるのです。 25この時、まだ二人とも裸でしたが、恥ずかしいとは思いませんでした。