Genesis 2:6
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New International Version
but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.

New Living Translation
Instead, springs came up from the ground and watered all the land.

English Standard Version
and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground—

New American Standard Bible
But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.

King James Bible
But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But water would come out of the ground and water the entire surface of the land.

International Standard Version
Instead, an underground stream would arise out of the earth and water the surface of the ground.

NET Bible
Springs would well up from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Instead, underground water would come up from the earth and water the entire surface of the ground.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But there went up a mist from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.

King James 2000 Bible
But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

American King James Version
But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

American Standard Version
but there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But a spring rose out the earth, watering all the surface of the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
But a mist went up from the earth, and moistened the whole surface of the ground.

English Revised Version
but there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

Webster's Bible Translation
But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

World English Bible
but a mist went up from the earth, and watered the whole surface of the ground.

Young's Literal Translation
and a mist goeth up from the earth, and hath watered the whole face of the ground.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:4-7 Here is a name given to the Creator, Jehovah. Where the word LORD is printed in capital letters in our English Bibles, in the original it is Jehovah. Jehovah is that name of God, which denotes that he alone has his being of himself, and that he gives being to all creatures and things. Further notice is taken of plants and herbs, because they were made and appointed to be food for man. The earth did not bring forth its fruits of itself: this was done by Almighty power. Thus grace in the soul grows not of itself in nature's soil, but is the work of God. Rain also is the gift of God; it came not till the Lord God caused it. Though God works by means, yet when he pleases he can do his own work without them; and though we must not tempt God in the neglect of means, we must trust God, both in the use and in the want of means. Some way or other, God will water the plants of his own planting. Divine grace comes down like the dew, and waters the church without noise. Man was made of the small dust, such as is on the surface of the earth. The soul was not made of the earth, as the body: pity then that it should cleave to the earth, and mind earthly things. To God we must shortly give an account, how we have employed these souls; and if it be found that we have lost them, though it were to gain the world, we are undone for ever! Fools despise their own souls, by caring for their bodies before their souls.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. The dry land having been separated from the waters, and the atmospheric ocean uplifted above them both, vaporous exhalations began to ascend to the aerial regions, and to return again in the shape of rain upon the ground. Jehovah thus caused it to rain upon the ground, and so prepared it for the vegetation which, in obedience to the Almighty fiat, sprung up at the close of the third day, although the writer does not mention its appearance, but leaves it to be inferred from the preceding section. That soon after its emergence from the waters the land should be "dry, sterile, and sandy" will not be thought remarkable if we remember the highly igneous condition of our planet at the time when the dry land was upheaved and the waters gathered into the subsiding valleys. Nothing would more naturally follow that event than the steaming up of vapors to float in the aerial sea. In fact, the rapidity with which evaporation would be carried on would very speedily leave the newly-formed land hard and dry, baked and caked into a crust, till the atmosphere, becoming overcharged with aqueous vapor, returned it in the shape of rain. To talk of insuperable difficulty and manifest dissonance where everything is clear, natural, and harmonious is to speak at random, and betrays an anxiety to create contradictions rather than to solve them.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But there went up a mist from the earth,.... After the waters had been drained off from it, and it was warmed by the body of light and heat created on the first day, which caused a vapour, which went up as a mist, and descended:

and watered the whole face of the ground; or earth, and so supplied the place of rain, until that was given: though rather the words may be rendered disjunctively, "or there went up" (g); that is, before a mist went up, when as yet there was none; not so much as a mist to water the earth, and plants and herbs were made to grow; and so Saadiah reads them negatively, "nor did a mist go up"; there were no vapours exhaled to form clouds, and produce rain, and yet the whole earth on the third day was covered with plants and herbs; and this is approved of by Kimchi and Ben Melech.

(g) "aut vapor ascendens", Junius & Tremellius.



Genesis 2:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Creation of Man
5Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. 6But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground. 7Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Cross References
Genesis 2:5
Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground,

Genesis 2:7
Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
Treasury of Scripture

But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

there went up a mist. or, a mist which went up.

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