Genesis 2:18-25

The Creation of Man and Woman

18 Then the Lord God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; n I will make him a helper fit for 1 him." 19 o Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed 2 every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and p brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam 3 there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a q deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made 4 into a woman and brought her to the man.

23 Then the man said,
"This at last is r bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was s taken out of Man." 5

24 t Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

  1. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 11:9
    Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.
    1 Timothy 2:13
    For Adam was formed first, then Eve.
  2. Cross References
    Genesis 1:20
    And God said, "Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.
    Genesis 1:24
    And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds - livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds." And it was so.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 8:6
    You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet.
  4. Cross References
    Genesis 15:12
    As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him.
    1 Samuel 26:12
    So David took the spear and the jar of water from Saul's head, and they went away. No man saw it or knew it, nor did any awake, for they were all asleep, because a deep sleep from the Lord had fallen upon them.
  5. Cross References
    Genesis 29:14
    And Laban said to him, "Surely you are my bone and my flesh!" And he stayed with him a month.
    Judges 9:2
    "Say in the ears of all the leaders of Shechem, 'Which is better for you, that all seventy of the sons of Jerubbaal rule over you, or that one rule over you?' Remember also that I am your bone and your flesh."
    2 Samuel 5:1
    Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, "Behold, we are your bone and flesh.
    2 Samuel 19:13
    And say to Amasa, 'Are you not my bone and my flesh? God do so to me and more also, if you are not commander of my army from now on in place of Joab.'
    Ephesians 5:28 - 30
    In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
  6. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 11:8
    For man was not made from woman, but woman from man.
  7. Cross References
    Matthew 19:5
    And said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his fath...
    Mark 10:7
    Therefore a man shall leave his father and moth...
    1 Corinthians 6:16
    Or do you not know that he who is joined to a p...
    Ephesians 5:31
    "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mot...
    Psalms 45:10
    Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline you...
    1 Corinthians 7:10 - 11
    To the married I give this charge (not I, but t...
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