Genesis 2:4-17*


A. (5)And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. (6) But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

B.(7) And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (8)And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

C. (9) And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

A’. (10) And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. (11)The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; (12) And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. (13) And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. (14) And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.

B’.(15)And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

C’. 16And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely 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 thereof thou shalt surely die.

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  1. This chiasm is interesting because the structure of this creation account in chapter 2 is the same as Genesis 1 with the ABC, ABC, D pattern. In chapter 1 the Sabbath is the highlighted 7th unit. In the second creation narrative the highlighted 7th unit is marriage. Both institutions are blessings bequeathed to humanity at creation. Both the Sabbath and marriage also carry beautiful redemption themes.

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