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GENESIS .—creation.

Written by Motes.
CONTAINS A HISTORY OF ABOUT 2369 YEARS.

B.C. 4004.—In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.

The earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Work of Creation :—

First Day. Light or Day,—it being divided from the Darkness or Night.

Second Day. Firmament or Heaven, dividing the waters above from those beneath.

Third Day a. Dry Land or Earth, it being divided from the Waters or Seas, these being gathered together into one place.

6 Grass, Herbs yielding seed, Fruit-trees yielding fruit whose seed is in itself. Produced from earth.

Fourth Day. The two great lights, and the lesser ones, viz :—

Sun, ruling the Day; Moon, ruling the Night; and Stars. These divided Day (Light) from Night (Darkness).

They were to be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years.

Fifth Day. Moving creatures that have life: Fish, Whales, Winged Fowl, from waters.

In Chap. II., 19 : Fowls are said to have been formed out of the ground.

Sixth Day. Beasts, Cattle, Creeping things, from the earth, and Man, to have dominion over all.

Man was created in the image of God, after His likeness, male and female,

God blessed all, and bade all to be fruitful and to multiply.

Man was to replenish the earth, and subdue it.

The food of man was, every herb bearing seed, and every tree in which was the fruit of a tree yielding

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Food of beasts, fowls, and creeping things, was the green herb.

All being completed on the Seventh Day, God rested blessing and sanctifying the Seventh Day.

No rain had as yet fallen, but a mist went up and watered the ground.

Man being made of the dust of the ground, God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.

God planted a garden eastward in Eden, where He put the man.

In Eden were placed, beside every pleasant tree, and those good for food—First, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and second, the Tree of Life, • in the midst of the garden.

The river which watered the garden was divided into "four heads."—First, Pison, compassing the land of Havilah, where was gold, bdellium, and onyx stone. Second, Gihon, compassing Ethiopia. Third, Hiddekel, going towards east of Assyria. Fourth, Euphrates.

The man was to dress and keep the garden. He might eat freely of every tree except the tree of good and evil and the tree of life. The penalty of eating of those was Death, temporal and eternal.

God made Adam a help-meet. Causing a deep sleep to fall upon him, He took from his side a rib, of which He made Woman whom He brought to the man.

God brought every beast of the field and fowl of the air'to Adam, who gave names to all.

The serpent, being more subtle than any beast, came to the woman to persuade her to eat of the tree of knowledge. He said she should not die as God had threatened, but that they should be as gods, knowing good and evil. So she, seeing the tree was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, took of the fruit and ate, and gave to her husband, who also ate. Whereupon their eyes were opened, and, knowing they were naked, they sewed fig-leaves together for aprons.

In the cool of the day God called to Adam, who, with his wife, hid himself among the trees; and when asked why he did so, excused himself on the ground of his nakedness. God said, "Who told thee thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree?" Adam thereupon excused himself by saying that the woman gave him to

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