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Genesis 2:8

“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the LORD God planted a garden Eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jehovah God planted a garden eastward, in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the Lord God made a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had made.
- Basic English Bible

And Jehovah Elohim planted a garden in Eden eastward, and there put Man whom he had formed.
- Darby Bible

And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
- Webster's Bible

Yahweh God planted a garden eastward, in Eden, and there he put the man whom he had formed.
- World English Bible

And Jehovah God planteth a garden in Eden, at the east, and He setteth there the man whom He hath formed;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the LORD God planted a garden eastward, in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 2:8

2:8-15 Man consisting of body and soul, a body made out of the earth, and a rational immortal soul, we have in these verses the provision that was made for the happiness of both. That part of man, which is allied to the world of sense, was made happy, for he was put in the paradise of God; that part which is allied to the world of spirits was well provided for, for he was taken into covenant with God. Here we have, A description of the garden of Eden, which was intended for the palace of this prince. The inspired penman in this history writing for the Jews first, and calculating his narratives from the infant state of the church, describes things by their outward sensible appearances, and leaves us, by farther discoveries of the divine light, to be led into the understanding of the mysteries couched under them. Therefore he doth not so much insist upon the happiness of Adam's mind, as upon that of his outward estate. The Mosaic history, as well as the Mosaic law, has rather the patterns of heavenly things, than the heavenly things themselves, #Heb 9:23|. Observe, (1.) The place appointed for Adam's residence was a garden; not an ivory house. As clothes came in with sin, so did houses. The heaven was the roof of Adam's house, and never was any roof so curiously cieled and painted: the earth was his floor, and never was any floor so richly inlaid: the shadow of the trees was his retirement, and never were any rooms so finely hung: Solomon's in all their glory were not arrayed like them. (2.) The contrivance and furniture of this garden was the immediate work of God's wisdom and power. The Lord God planted this garden, that is, he had planted it, upon the third day when the fruits of the earth were made. We may well suppose it to be the most accomplished place that ever the sun saw, when the All - sufficient God himself designed it to be the present happiness of his beloved creature. (3.) The situation of this garden was extremely sweet; it was in Eden, which signifies delight and pleasure. The place is here particularly pointed out by such marks and bounds as were sufficient when Moses wrote, to specify the place to those who knew that country; but now it seems the curious cannot satisfy themselves concerning it. Let it be our care to make sure a place in the heavenly paradise, and then we need not perplex ourselves with a search after the place of the earthly paradise. (4.) The trees wherewith this garden was planted. [1.] It had all the best and choicest trees in common with the rest of the ground. It was beautified with every tree that was pleasant to the sight - It was enriched with every tree that yielded fruit grateful to the taste, and useful to the body. But, [2.] It had two extraordinary trees peculiar to itself, on earth there were not their like. 1. There was the tree of life in the midst of the garden - Which was not so much a natural means to preserve or prolong life; but was chiefly intended to be a sign to Adam, assuring him of the continuance of life and happiness upon condition of his perseverance in innocency and obedience. 2. There was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil - So called, not because it had any virtue to beget useful knowledge, but because there was an express revelation of the will of God concerning this tree, so that by it he might know good and evil. What is good? It is good not to eat of this tree: what is evil? To eat of this tree. The distinction between all other moral good and evil was written in the heart of man; but this, which resulted from a positive law, was written upon this tree. And in the event it proved to give Adam an experimental knowledge of good by the loss of it, and of evil by the sense of it. (5.) The rivers wherewith this garden was watered, #Ge 2:10 |- 14. These four rivers, (or one river branched into four streams) contributed much both to the pleasantness and the fruitfulness of this garden. Hiddekel and Euphrates are rivers of Babylon. Havilah had gold and spices and precious stones; but Eden had that which was infinitely better, the tree of life, and communion with God. The command which God gave to man in innocency, and the covenant he than took him into. Hither we have seen God; man's powerful Creator, and his bountiful benefactor; now he appears as his ruler and lawgiver.

Discussion for Genesis 2

  • Carolyn
    How God formed man from the dust and made woman from one of man's rib. Knowing that God did the very first surgery, by putting man into a deep sleep, took a rib from him and made this man a help mate so he wouldn't be alone. What a awesome God we serve, who can do all things.
  • Francisca Iyanda.
    This chapter tell us how God rested after He created every thing.It also tell us about the first man and woman on Earth .God has His way of doing things.From this chapter we know that the first man was created from dust while the woman is of man, s bone .God put them in the garden of Eden , land of peace and plenty.
  • Vidyadhar
    God ordered Man not to eat from the tree of knowledge. What is the reason?
  • Amos mogire
    plain and clear. GOD blessed th seventh DAY. may HE help us see this clearly-ts th day spoken of.
  • Rocky
    Thank You God:Of all the 650 billion Galaxies of the Universe,the Milky Way, the Galaxy Earth is in, is the most Beautiful.
  • Maria De Los Angeles Soto
    God is great! 7 Days rested. Created man at his image, from Dust thru nostril made a woman for man to have companion. Fruit tree of livinglife, along snake, been desobedient made God anger and man and woman were cursed for life. Snake always be a snake. Our flesh lead us to lust, free of sin glorifies God, i noticed God reveals when a person has several souls pile up. Negativity Anger. Positivity reading bible Jesus never forsakes us. Jesus is Love . My testimony i always haf fear snakes. Not anymore, 2 1 2 yrs ago cleaning my yard, picked up a sandwich wrap and. I heard a whisper saying becareful there could be a snake there. I pull up and thought is just my mine. Not - i picked up wrapper and a snake rolled under wrapper. I was shocked lost my voice, traumatized, i wanted to run, scream coudn't. Went around then crossin over snake. Got inside and cried was pale my body dropped and felt my spirit was gone. Ex- H, try find it to kill it, was gone. Stayed home, no Dr. seeing snakes everwhere, could not touch nothing, 2 days later i research on line, ammonia mixed water keeps bugs away. I spray all around home every where. Then snake appeared again dying because amonia. I could not see it i was still in trauma. Went to church not feeling good. Felt my blood was getting blocked

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