Genesis 2:24
Parallel Verses
New International Version
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

New Living Translation
This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.

English Standard Version
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

New American Standard Bible
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

King James Bible
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh.

International Standard Version
(Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother and cling to his wife, and they will become one flesh.)

NET Bible
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and unites with his wife, and they become a new family.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That is why a man will leave his father and mother and will be united with his wife, and they will become one flesh.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

American King James Version
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall join to his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

American Standard Version
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore a man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be two in one flesh.

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

English Revised Version
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

World English Bible
Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother, and will join with his wife, and they will be one flesh.

Young's Literal Translation
therefore doth a man leave his father and his mother, and hath cleaved unto his wife, and they have become one flesh.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife. There is nothing in the use of such terms as father and mother, or in the fact that the sentiment is prophetic, to prevent the words from being regarded as a continuation of Adam's speech, although, on the other hand, the statement of Christ (Matthew 19:5) does not preclude the possibility of Moses being their author; but whether uttered by the first husband (Delitzsch, Macdonald) or by the historian (Calvin, Murphy), they must be viewed as an inspired declaration of the law of marriage. Its basis (fundamental reason and predisposing cause) they affirm to be

(1) the original relationship of man and woman, on the platform of creation; and

(2) the marriage union effected between the first pair. Its nature they explain to be

(1) a forsaking (on the part of the woman as well as the man) of father and mother - not filially, in respect of duty, but locally, in respect of habitation, and comparatively, in respect of affection; and

(2) a cleaving unto his wife, in a conjugium corporis atque animce. Its result is stated in the words which follow: and they shall be one flesh (literally, into one flesh; εἰς σάρκα μίαν, Matthew 19:5, LXX.). The language points to a unity of persons, and not simply to a conjunction of bodies, or a community of interests, or even a reciprocity of affections. Malachi (Malachi 2:15) and Christ (Matthew 19:5) explain this verse as teaching the indissoluble character of marriage and condemning the practice of polygamy.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Therefore shall a man leave his father, and his mother,.... These are thought by some to be the words of Moses, inferring from the above fact, what ought to be among men; and by others, the words of Adam under divine inspiration, as the father of mankind instructing his sons what to do, and foretelling what would be done in all succeeding ages: though they rather seem to be the words of God himself, by whom marriage was now instituted; and who here gives direction about it, and declares the case and circumstance of man upon it, and how he would and should behave: and thus our Lord Jesus Christ, quoting these words, makes them to be the words of him that made man, male and female, and supplies and prefaces them thus, and said, "for this cause", &c. Matthew 19:5 so Jarchi paraphrases them,"the Holy Ghost said so:''not that a man upon his marriage is to drop his affections to his parents, or be remiss in his obedience to them, honour of them, and esteem for then, or to neglect the care of them, if they stand in need of his assistance; but that he should depart from his father's house, and no more dwell with him, or bed and board in his house; but having taken a wife to himself, should provide an habitation for him and her to dwell together: so all the three Targums interpret it, of quitting "the house of his father, and his mother's bed":

and shall cleave unto his wife; with a cordial affection, taking care of her, nourishing and cherishing her, providing all things comfortable for her, continuing to live with her, and not depart from her as long as they live: the phrase is expressive of the near union by marriage between man and wife; they are, as it were, glued together, and make but one; which is more fully and strongly expressed in the next clause:

and they shall be one flesh; that is, "they two", the man and his wife, as it is supplied and interpreted by Christ, Matthew 19:5 and so here in the Targum of Jonathan, and in the Septuagint and Samaritan versions: the union between them is so close, as if they were but one person, one soul, one body; and which is to be observed against polygamy, unlawful divorces, and all uncleanness, fornication, and adultery: only one man and one woman, being joined in lawful wedlock, have a right of copulation with each other, in order to produce a legitimate offspring, partaking of the same one flesh, as children do of their parents, without being able to distinguish the flesh of the one from the other, they partake of: and from hence it appears to be a fabulous notion, that Cecrops, the first king of Athens, was the first institutor of matrimony and joiner of one man to one woman; whence he was said to be "biformis" (p), and was called unless, as some (q) have thought, that he and Moses were one and the same who delivered out the first institution of marriage, which is this.

(p) Justin. e Trogo, l. 2. c. 6. (q) Vid. Saldeni Otia Theolog. Exercitat. 1. sect. 14. p. 13, 14.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. one flesh—The human pair differed from all other pairs, that by peculiar formation of Eve, they were one. And this passage is appealed to by our Lord as the divine institution of marriage (Mt 19:4, 5; Eph 5:28). Thus Adam appears as a creature formed after the image of God—showing his knowledge by giving names to the animals, his righteousness by his approval of the marriage relation, and his holiness by his principles and feelings, and finding gratification in the service and enjoyment of God.

Genesis 2:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Creation of Woman
23The man said, "This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man." 24For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
Cross References
Matthew 19:5
and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'?

Mark 10:7
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,

Mark 10:8
and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one flesh.

1 Corinthians 6:16
Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, "The two will become one flesh."

Ephesians 5:31
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."

Genesis 4:19
Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah.

Proverbs 2:17
who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.

Malachi 2:15
Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall join to his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

leave.

Genesis 24:58,59 And they called Rebekah, and said to her, Will you go with this man? …

Genesis 31:14,15 And Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, Is there yet any portion …

Psalm 45:10 Listen, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear; forget also …

cleave.

Leviticus 22:12,13 If the priest's daughter also be married to a stranger, she may not …

Deuteronomy 4:4 But you that did join to the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.

Deuteronomy 10:20 You shall fear the LORD your God; him shall you serve, and to him …

Joshua 23:8 But hold to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day.

Psalm 45:10 Listen, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear; forget also …

Proverbs 12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that makes ashamed …

Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted …

and they shall be one flesh. The LXX. Vulgate, Syriac, Arabic, and Samaritan read, they two; as is also read in several of the Parallel Passages.

Malachi 2:14-16 Yet you say, Why? Because the LORD has been witness between you and …

Matthew 19:3-9 The Pharisees also came to him, tempting him, and saying to him, …

Mark 10:6-12 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female…

Romans 7:2 For the woman which has an husband is bound by the law to her husband …

1 Corinthians 6:16,17 What? know you not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? …

1 Corinthians 7:2-4,10 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, …

1 Corinthians 7:11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled …

Ephesians 5:28-31 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves …

1 Timothy 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house…

1 Peter 3:1-7 Likewise, you wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, …

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