Gen 2:18-25
Genesis 2:18-25
Remembering that God joins together every married couple is a gift to strengthen your marriage and the marriages around you.
Published October 10th, 2017; Updated October 12th, 2017
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Main point summary
Main point summary
Every marriage is joined by God and God commands that they live together in covenant fidelity.
Genesis 2:18-25
Then the Lord God said,
וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים
“It is not good that the man should be alone;
לֹא־טוֹב הֱיוֹת הָאָדָם לְבַדּוֹ
n I will make him a helper fit for 1 him.”
אֶעֱשֶׂהּ־לּוֹ 1 עֵזֶר כְּנֶגְדּוֹ׃
o Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed 1 every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens
וַיִּצֶר יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים מִן־הָאֲדָמָה כָּל־חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה וְאֵת כָּל־עוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם
and p brought them to the man to see what he would call them.
וַיָּבֵא אֶל־הָאָדָם לִרְאוֹת מַה־יִּקְרָא־לוֹ
And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.
וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר יִקְרָא־לוֹ הָאָדָם נֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה הוּא שְׁמוֹ׃
The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field.
וַיִּקְרָא הָאָדָם שֵׁמוֹת לְכָל־הַבְּהֵמָה וּלְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם וּלְכֹל חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה
But for Adam 1 there was not found a helper fit for him.
וּלְאָדָם לֹא־מָצָא עֵזֶר כְּנֶגְדּוֹ׃
So the Lord God caused a q deep sleep to fall upon the man,
וַיַּפֵּל יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים׀ תַּרְדֵּמָה עַל־הָאָדָם
and while he slept took one of his ribs
וַיִּישָׁן וַיִּקַּח אַחַת מִצַּלְעֹתָיו
and closed up its place with flesh.
וַיִּסְגֹּר בָּשָׂר תַּחְתֶּנָּה׃
And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made 1 into a woman
וַיִּבֶן יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים׀ אֶת־הַצֵּלָע אֲשֶׁר־לָקַח מִן־הָאָדָם לְאִשָּׁה
and brought her to the man.
וַיְבִאֶהָ אֶל־הָאָדָם׃
Then the man said,
וַיֹּאמֶר הָאָדָם
“This at last is r bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;
זֹאת הַפַּעַם עֶצֶם מֵעֲצָמַי וּבָשָׂר מִבְּשָׂרִי לְזֹאת
she shall be called Woman,
יִקָּרֵא אִשָּׁה
because she was s taken out of Man.” 1
כִּי מֵאִישׁ לֻקֳחָה־זֹּאת׃
t Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother
עַל־כֵּן יַעֲזָב־אִישׁ אֶת־אָבִיו וְאֶת־אִמּוֹ
and hold fast to his wife,
וְדָבַק בְּאִשְׁתּוֹ
and they shall become one flesh.
וְהָיוּ לְבָשָׂר אֶחָד׃
And the man and his wife were both naked
וַיִּהְיוּ שְׁנֵיהֶם עֲרוּמִּים הָאָדָם וְאִשְׁתּוֹ
and were not ashamed.
וְלֹא יִתְבֹּשָׁשׁוּ׃
Main Idea: Every marriage is joined by God and God commands that they live together in covenant fidelity.
Support 1: God declares that man needs a suitable helper and so God will make one for him.
Support 2: Adam looks for a suitable helper among all living creatures and finds none.
Support 3: God makes the suitable helper, a woman, from Adam's rib and brings her to the man.
Support 4: Adam sees the woman is the suitable helper for him. And he is pleased.
I don't really know if the Hebrew propositions match the English 100% (my Hebrew isn't strong enough), but I wanted to see the waw's as an aid to the discourse analysis.
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