New International Version
The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make 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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
It is not good that the man should be alone - לבדו lebaddo; only himself. I will make him a help meet for him; עזר כנגדו ezer kenegdo, a help, a counterpart of himself, one formed from him, and a perfect resemblance of his person. If the word be rendered scrupulously literally, it signifies one like, or as himself, standing opposite to or before him. And this implies that the woman was to be a perfect resemblance of the man, possessing neither inferiority nor superiority, but being in all things like and equal to himself. As man was made a social creature, it was not proper that he should be alone; for to be alone, i.e. without a matrimonial companion, was not good. Hence we find that celibacy in general is a thing that is not good, whether it be on the side of the man or of the woman. Men may, in opposition to the declaration of God, call this a state of excellence and a state of perfection; but let them remember that the word of God says the reverse.
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meet for him. Heb. as before him.
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And God blessed the Sabbath day, and sanctified it, because that in it He had rested from all the work which God created and made.'--Gen. ii. 3. In Genesis we have the Book of Beginnings. To its first three chapters we are specially indebted for a Divine light shining on the many questions to which human wisdom never could find an answer. In our search after Holiness, we are led thither too. In the whole book of Genesis the word Holy occurs but once. But that once in such a connection as to open …
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Concerning the Condition of Man in the Fall.
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neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.
So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found.
He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
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