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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.
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