New American Standard Bible
Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.
King James Bible
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah Elohim took Man, and put him into the garden of Eden, to till it and to guard it.
World English Bible
Yahweh God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah God taketh the man, and causeth him to rest in the garden of Eden, to serve it, and to keep it.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
- XII. The Command
15. נוּח nûach "rest, dwell." עבד ‛ābad "work, till, serve." שׁמר shāmar "keep, guard."
We have here the education of man summed up in a single sentence. Let us endeavor to unfold the great lessons that are here taught.
The Lord God took the man. - The same omnipotent hand that made him still held him. "And put him into the garden." The original word is "caused him to rest," or dwell in the garden as an abode of peace and recreation. "To dress it and to keep it." The plants of nature, left to their own course, may degenerate and become wild through the poverty of the soil on which they alight, or the gradual exhaustion of a once rich soil. The hand of rational man, therefore, has its appropriate sphere in preparing and enriching the soil, and in distributing the seeds and training the shoots in the way most favorable for the full development of the plant, and especially of its seed or fruits. This "dressing" was needed even in the garden. The "keeping" of it may refer to the guarding of it by enclosure from the depredations of the cattle, the wild beasts, or even the smaller animals. It includes also the faithful preservation of it as a trust committed to man by his bounteous Maker. There was now a man to till the soil. The second need of the world of plants was now supplied. Gardening was the first occupation of primeval man.
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The Disciple,--Sometimes this question is asked, "Since God is fully aware of our needs, and knows how to supply them in the best way, not for the good only but for the evil, how should we pray to Him about them? Whether our necessities be temporal or spiritual, can we by our prayers alter the will of God?" The Master,--1. Those who ask such a question show clearly that they do not know what prayer is. They have not lived a prayerful life, or they would know that prayer to God is not a form of begging. …
Sadhu Sundar Singh—At The Master's Feet
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Sin a Power in Reversed Action.
The Providence of God
The name of the third river is Tigris; it flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
The LORD God commanded the man, saying, "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely;
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