Let thy words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:2
The Bible in fewer words: Genesis
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- In the beginning (Gen 1-3)
- The sons of God, daughters of men, and the flood of Noah (Gen 4-8)
The first creation account
1 1In the beginning, God created heaven and earth. This is the order in which he created things.
3-5 Day 1: light, day and night.
6-8 Day 2: the firmament (heaven), to separate the above waters from the below waters.
9-13 Day 3: dry land and seas, plants.
14-19 Day 4: sun, moon, and stars.
20-23 Day 5: birds and sea creatures.
21-31 Day 6: cattle, beasts, creeping things, and humans.
27 The humans (male and female) were created to look like God.
28 God gave humans dominion over every other living thing.
29 And gave humans and animals plants to eat.
2 2On the seventh day, God rested.
3 He blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because he rested on that day.
The second creation account
5 In the beginning, plants didn't exist, because God hadn't yet made it rain, and there wasn't a man to till the ground.
7 God formed a man from dust and breathed life into his nostrils. 8 He planted a garden in Eden and put the man in it. 9 God made all the trees that are nice to look at and good to eat. Among these were: the tree of life in the center of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
15 God put the man in the garden to dress and to keep it. 16 He said to the man, "You may eat from every tree in the garden, 17 except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The day you eat from that tree, you will die."
18 God said to himself, "It's not good for the man to be alone. I'll make a helper for him."
Two trees, a talking serpent, and a fearful god
3 1Of all the beasts that God made, the serpent was the most clever. He said to the woman, "Did God say you shouldn't eat from every tree in the garden?"
6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, was nice looking, and would make her wise, she picked and ate its fruit. She gave some to her husband, and he ate it too.
7 After eating the fruit, they knew they were naked, so they sewed some fig leaves together for aprons. 8 Later, in the cool of the day, they heard the voice of God, who was walking in the garden. So they hid in the trees. 9 God said, "Where are you?"
10 Adam answered, "I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked. So I hid myself."
11 God said, "Who told you that you are naked? Have you eaten from the tree I told you not to eat from?"
12 The man said, "The woman you gave me, gave me the fruit and I ate it."
13 God said to the woman, "What have you done?
The woman said, "The serpent fooled me, and I ate.
14 God said to the serpent, "You are cursed more than all animals. From now on you'll have to crawl on your belly and eat dust. 15 You and the woman will be enemies, as will your seed and hers. Her seed will bruise your head, and you will bruise her seed's heel."
16 Then he said to the woman, "I will multiply your sorrow and make you suffer in childbirth. You will desire your husband, and he will rule over you."
17-18 And he said to Adam, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree, I will curse the ground, make thorns and thistles grow, and force you to eat it all your life."
20 Adam named his wife "Eve" because she was the mother of all the living.
21 God made skin coats for Adam and Eve.
22 God said, "The man has become like us, knowing good and evil. We must not let him eat from the tree of life or he will live forever."
23-24 So God expelled Adam from the garden of Eden, and installed cherubim with flaming swords to guard access to the tree of life.
Cain kills his brother Abel
3-5 Cain brought some of his produce to God. And Abel brought the firstlings of his flock, along with some fat. God respected Abel, but he had no respect for Cain's offering. Cain was angry and looked sad.
8 Cain talked to Abel about it as they walked together in the field. Then he killed him.
The life of Cain
9 God said to Cain, "Where's your brother Abel?" Cain answered, "I don't know. Am I my brother's keeper?"
10-12 God said to him, "What have you done? Your brother's blood cries out from the ground. Now you are cursed. You won't be as successful a farmer as you would have been. And you'll be a fugitive and a vagabond."
15 God said to Cain, "Whoever kills you will suffer a seven-fold vengeance." God put a mark on Cain, so that whoever found him wouldn't kill him.
16 Cain went where God isn't present: the land of Nod, east of Eden. 17 And Cain knew his wife, and she had a son named Enoch. Cain built a city and named it Enoch after his son. 18 Enoch had a son named Irad, who had a son named Mehujael, who had a son named Methusael, who had a son named Lamech.
Lamech, a bigamist, and a murderer
Adam and Eve have another boy: Seth
5 1This is the book of Adam's family.
2 God made male and female humans. He called their name Adam.
3 When Adam was 130 years old he had a son that looked like him. He called him Seth.
4 Sometime in the next 800 years, Adam begat some daughters.
5 Adam died when he was 930 years old.
From Seth to Noah
21 Enoch was 65 years old when his son Methuselah was born. 22 In the next 300 years he walked with God and had other sons and daughters. 23 When he was 365 he quit walking with God, 24 because God took him.
32 Noah was 500 years old when he had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
The sons of God and the daughters of men
3 God shortened the human lifespan to 120 years because humans are flesh, and he was tired of fighting with them.
4 When the sons of God had sex with the daughters of men, they produced a race of giants, which were the mighty men of old.
God Plans the Flood
5-6 God saw that humans were wicked, and he regretted making them.
7 He said, "I'm going to kill every living thing I have created, for I regret that I made them."
8-9 Except for Noah, that is. Because Noah was a just and perfect man, who walked with God.
13 God said to Noah,
I'm going to destroy the earth because the earth is filled with violence.
14 Make an ark of gopher wood: 137 meters long, 23 meters wide, and 14 meters tall.
15-16 It will have three decks, with a 46 cm wide window, and a door in the side.
17 I'm going to kill everything that breathes in a flood. Everything on earth will die.
18 Except for you and your sons and your sons' wives, who will be in the ark. 19 And two of every living thing, which you will bring into the ark, one male and one female. 20 Bring birds, cattle, and creeping things onto the ark, two of each kind. 21 And take enough food to feed your family and all the animals.
22 Noah followed all of God's instructions about the ark.
7 1God said to Noah, It's time for you and your family to get on the ark. You're the only righteous person in this generation. 2-3 Take seven of each clean beast and fowl, and two of each unclean, male and female. 4 I'll make it rain for forty days and nights and destroy every living thing on earth. 5 Noah did what God told him to do. 6 He was 600 years old when the flood began. 8-9 He took two of every beast, fowl, and creeping thing onto the ark. 10 And after seven days, the flood began.
The Great Flood11-12 The foundations of the great deep broke up, the windows of heaven opened, and it rained for forty days and forty nights. 13 Noah and his wife, Noah's sons (Shem, Ham, and Japheth) and their wives, and all the beasts, fowls, and creeping things of every kind entered the ark on the same day. 15 All the animals went in by twos, a male and female of each species. 16 Then Noah shut the ark's door. 19-20 The flood covered the highest mountain tops with fifteen cubits to spare. 21-22 Every living thing died on the earth.
The flood subsides
8 1-2 God remembered Noah and ended the flood by closing the fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven. 4 The ark landed on the mountains of Ararat and Noah, his family, and the animals left the ark.
20 Noah sacrificed all the clean beasts for God. 21 God smelled a sweet savor from Noah's sacrifice, and said, I won't curse the ground anymore because of things humans do. Because human imaginations are evil from their youth. And I won't kill every living thing like I just did. 22 As long as the earth exists, planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will also exist.