Genesis 2:18
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New International Version
The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."

New Living Translation
Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him."

English Standard Version
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

New American Standard Bible
Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him."

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper as his complement."

International Standard Version
Later, the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make the woman to be an authority corresponding to him."

NET Bible
The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a companion for him who corresponds to him."

New Heart English Bible
The LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is right for him."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD God said: 'It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.'

New American Standard 1977
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord God said: It is not good for man to be alone: let us make him a help like unto himself.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah Elohim said, It is not good that Man should be alone; I will make him a helpmate, his like.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD 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."

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah God saith, 'Not good for the man to be alone, I do make to him an helper -- as his counterpart.'
Study Bible
Adam Names the Animals
17but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die." 18Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him." 19Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 11:9
Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.

Genesis 2:20
The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.

Proverbs 18:22
He who finds a wife finds a good thing And obtains favor from the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

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

good.

Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very …

Genesis 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave …

Ruth 3:1 Then Naomi her mother in law said to her, My daughter, shall I not …

Proverbs 18:22 Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of the LORD.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor…

1 Corinthians 7:36 But if any man think that he behaves himself uncomely toward his …

I will.

Genesis 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave …

1 Corinthians 11:7-12 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, for as much as he is …

1 Timothy 2:11-13 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection…

1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, you husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving …

meet for him. Heb. as before him.

(18) It is not good . . . --In these words we have the Divine appointment of marriage, and also the declaration that the female is subsequent in order of production to the male, and formed from him. In Genesis 1:27; Genesis 5:2, the creation of male and female is represented as having been simultaneous. She is described as "a help meet for him:" Heb., a help as his front, his reflected image, or, as the Syriac translates it, a helper similar to him. The happiness of marriage is based, not upon the woman being just the same thing as the man, but upon her being one in whom he sees his image and counterpart.

Verse 18. - In anticipation of the ensuing narrative of the temptation and the fall, the historian, having depicted man's settlement in Eden, advances to complete his dramatis personae by the introduction upon the scene of the animals and woman. In the preliminary creation record (7-27) it is simply stated that God created man, male and female; there is a complete absence of details as to the Divine modus operandi in the execution of these, his last and greatest works. It is one object, among others, of the second portion of the history to supply those details. With regard to man (Adam), an account of his formation, at once minute and exhaustive, has been given in the preceding verses (7-17); now, with like attention to antecedent and concomitant circumstances and events, the sacred penman adds a description of the time, reason, manner, and result of the formation of woman. And the Lord God said, It is not good for man to be alone. While the animals were produced either in swarms (as the fishes) or in pairs (as the birds and beasts), man was created as an individual; his partner, by a subsequent operation of creative power, being produced from himself. With the wild phantasies and gross speculations of some theosophists, as to whether, prior to the creation of Eve, Adam was androgynic (Bohme), or simply vir in potentia, out of which state he passed the moment the woman stood by his side (Ziegler), a devout exegesis is not required to intermeddle. Neither is it needful to wonder how God should pronounce that to be not good which he had previously (Genesis 1:31) affirmed was good. The Divine judgment of which the preceding chapter speaks was expressed at the completion of man's creation; this, while that creation was in progress. For the new-made man to have been left without a partner would, in the estimation of Jehovah Elohim, have been for him a condition of being which, if not necessarily bad in itself, yet, considering his intellectual and social nature, "would eventually have passed over from the negative not good, or a manifest want, into the positive not good, or a hurtful impropriety"' (Lange). "It was not good for man to be alone; not, as certain foolish Rabbis conceited, lest he should imagine himself to be the lord of the world, or as though no man could live without a woman, which is contrary to Scripture; but in respect of

(1) mutual society and comfort,

(2) the propagation of the race,

(3) the increase and generation of the Church of God, and

(4) the promised seed of the woman (Willet).

Accordingly, Jehovah Elohim, for whom (seeing that his nature is to dispense happiness to his creatures) no more than for Adam would it have been good that man, being what he was, should remain alone, said, I will provide a help meet for him; literally, an helper, as over against him, i.e. corresponding to him, βοηθὸν κατ αὐτόν; ver. 20, ὅμοιος αὐτῷ, LXX. The expression indicates that the forthcoming helper was to be of similar nature to the man himself, corresponding by way of supplement to the incompleteness of his lonely being, and in every way adapted to be his co-partner and companion. All that Adam's nature demanded for its completion, physically, intellectually, socially, was to be included in this altera ego who was soon to stand by his side. Thus in man s need, and woman's power to satisfy that need, is laid the foundation for the Divine institution of marriage, which was afterwards prescribed not for the first pair alone, but for all their posterity. And the Lord God said,.... Not at the same time he gave the above direction and instruction to man, how to behave according to his will, but before that, even at the time of the formation of Adam and which he said either to him, or with himself: it was a purpose or determination in his own mind, and may be rendered, as it is by many, he "had said" (b), on the sixth day, on which man was created:

it is not good that man should be alone; not pleasant and comfortable to himself, nor agreeable to his nature, being a social creature; nor useful to his species, not being able to propagate it; nor so much for the glory of his Creator:

I will made him an help meet for him; one to help him in all the affairs of life, not only for the propagation of his species, but to provide things useful and comfortable for him; to dress his food, and take care of the affairs of the family; one "like himself" (c), in nature, temper, and disposition, in form and shape; or one "as before him" (d), that would be pleasing to his sight, and with whom he might delightfully converse, and be in all respects agreeable to him, and entirely answerable to his case and circumstances, his wants and wishes.

(b) "dixerat", Vatablus, Drusius, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. (c) "simile sibi", V. L. Sam. Syr. (d) "Tanquam coram eo", Montanus. Ge 2:18-25. The Making of Woman, and Institution of Marriage.

18. it is not good for the man to be alone—In the midst of plenty and delights, he was conscious of feelings he could not gratify. To make him sensible of his wants,2:18-25 Power over the creatures was given to man, and as a proof of this he named them all. It also shows his insight into the works of God. But though he was lord of the creatures, yet nothing in this world was a help meet for man. From God are all our helpers. If we rest in God, he will work all for good. God caused deep sleep to fall on Adam; while he knows no sin, God will take care that he shall feel no pain. God, as her Father, brought the woman to the man, as his second self, and a help meet for him. That wife, who is of God's making by special grace, and of God's bringing by special providence, is likely to prove a help meet for a man. See what need there is, both of prudence and prayer in the choice of this relation, which is so near and so lasting. That had need to be well done, which is to be done for life. Our first parents needed no clothes for covering against cold or heat, for neither could hurt them: they needed none for ornament. Thus easy, thus happy, was man in his state of innocency. How good was God to him! How many favours did he load him with! How easy were the laws given to him! Yet man, being in honour, understood not his own interest, but soon became as the beasts that perish.
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