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but streams came up from the earth and watered 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.
American Standard Version
but there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
Young's Literal Translation
and a mist goeth up from the earth, and hath watered the whole face of the ground.
Genesis 2:6 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
There went up a mist - This passage appears to have greatly embarrassed many commentators. The plain meaning seems to be this, that the aqueous vapours, ascending from the earth, and becoming condensed in the colder regions of the atmosphere, fell back upon the earth in the form of dews, and by this means an equal portion of moisture was distributed to the roots of plants, etc. As Moses had said, Genesis 2:5, that the Lord had not caused it to rain upon the earth, he probably designed to teach us, in Genesis 2:6, how rain is produced, viz., by the condensation of the aqueous vapors, which are generally through the heat of the sun and other causes raised to a considerable height in the atmosphere, where, meeting with cold air, the watery particles which were before so small and light that they could float in the air, becoming condensed, i.e., many drops being driven into one, become too heavy to be any longer suspended, and then, through their own gravity, fall down in the form which we term rain.
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there went up a mist. or, a mist which went up.
Genesis 2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
Genesis 2:6 Parallel CommentariesEarth Face Ground Mist Moistened Rise Streams Surface Used Water Watered Watering WholeEarth Face Ground Mist Moistened Rise Streams Surface Used Water Watered Watering WholeTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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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.