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Genesis 2:18

    Genesis 2:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Jehovah God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the Lord God said, It is not good for the man to be by himself: I will make one like himself as a help to him

    Webster's Revision

    And Jehovah God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.

    World English Bible

    Yahweh God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

    Definitions for Genesis 2:18

    Meet - Agreeable; fit; proper.

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 2:18

    It is not good that the man should be alone - לבדו lebaddo; only himself. I will make him a help meet for him; עזר כנגדו ezer kenegdo, a help, a counterpart of himself, one formed from him, and a perfect resemblance of his person. If the word be rendered scrupulously literally, it signifies one like, or as himself, standing opposite to or before him. And this implies that the woman was to be a perfect resemblance of the man, possessing neither inferiority nor superiority, but being in all things like and equal to himself. As man was made a social creature, it was not proper that he should be alone; for to be alone, i.e. without a matrimonial companion, was not good. Hence we find that celibacy in general is a thing that is not good, whether it be on the side of the man or of the woman. Men may, in opposition to the declaration of God, call this a state of excellence and a state of perfection; but let them remember that the word of God says the reverse.

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 2:18

    - XIII. The Naming of the Animals

    Here man's intellectual faculties proceed from the passive and receptive to the active and communicative stage. This advance is made in the review and designation of the various species of animals that frequent the land and skies.

    A new and final need of man is stated in Genesis 2:18. The Creator himself, in whose image he was made, had revealed himself to him in language. This, among many other effects, awakened the social affection. This affection was the index of social capacity. The first step towards communication between kindred spirits was accomplished when Adam heard and understood spoken language. Beyond all this God knew what was in the man whom he had formed. And he expresses this in the words, "It is not good for the man to be alone." He is formed to be social, to hold converse, not only with his superior, but also with his equal. As yet he is but a unit, an individual. He needs a mate, with whom he may take sweet counsel. And the benevolent Creator resolves to supply this want. "I will make him a helpmeet for him" - one who may not only reciprocate his feelings, but take an intelligent and appropriate part in his active pursuits.

    Wesley's Notes on Genesis 2:18

    2:18-20 It is not good that man - This man, should be alone - Though there was an upper world of angels, and a lower world of brutes, yet there being none of the same rank of beings with himself, he might be truly said to be alone. And every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air God brought to Adam - Either by the ministry of angels, or by a special instinct that he might name them, and so might give a proof of his knowledge, the names he gave them being expressive of their inmost natures.