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.
Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah Elohim said, It is not good that Man should be alone; I will make him a helpmate, his like.
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.'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
- XIII. The Naming of the Animals
Here man's intellectual faculties proceed from the passive and receptive to the active and communicative stage. This advance is made in the review and designation of the various species of animals that frequent the land and skies.
A new and final need of man is stated in Genesis 2:18. The Creator himself, in whose image he was made, had revealed himself to him in language. This, among many other effects, awakened the social affection. This affection was the index of social capacity. The first step towards communication between kindred spirits was accomplished when Adam heard and understood spoken language. Beyond all this God knew what was in the man whom he had formed. And he expresses this in the words, "It is not good for the man to be alone." He is formed to be social, to hold converse, not only with his superior, but also with his equal. As yet he is but a unit, an individual. He needs a mate, with whom he may take sweet counsel. And the benevolent Creator resolves to supply this want. "I will make him a helpmeet for him" - one who may not only reciprocate his feelings, but take an intelligent and appropriate part in his active pursuits.
LibraryThe Disciple, -- Sometimes this Question is Asked, "Since God is Fully Aware of Our...
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
Forasmuch as Each Man is a Part of the Human Race...
Sin a Power in Reversed Action.
The Providence of God
1 Corinthians 11:9
for indeed man was not created for the woman's sake, but woman for the man's sake.
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.
He who finds a wife finds a good thing And obtains favor from the LORD.
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