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Waters of Eden

"The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. 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." (Genesis 2:11-14 KJV)

The Four Rivers of Eden

Although the precise location is a matter of debate, Eden was located somewhere in Mesopotamia, which means "between the rivers." Some believe that Eden was in the north of Mesopotamia, in Turkey or Armenia, where Noah's ark later landed, and from which the rivers that become the Tigris and Euphrates today originate and then flow southeastward into the Persian Gulf, while others believe that Eden was in the south, near the Persian Gulf. From the Bible record, a single river flowed from Eden and then divided into four rivers (parallel, or more likely, some as branches of another), two of which survived the erosive and then sedimentary topographical changes caused by The Flood and are still known today (at least by name) as the Tigris (also known as the Hiddekel, see below) and the Euphrates.

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"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." [see also Where Is Your Soul?]

"And The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 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."

"And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. 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."

"And The Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And The Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 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."

"And The Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." (Genesis 2:7-18 KJV)

Although, as stated above, the woman was not yet created when God told the man not to eat "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," Eve was equally aware of it immediately after she was created:

"And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die." (Genesis 3:2-3 KJV)

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