Genesis 2:18

18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Genesis 2:18 in Other Translations

KJV
18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
ESV
18 Then the LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him."
NLT
18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”
MSG
18 God said, "It's not good for the Man to be alone; I'll make him a helper, a companion."
CSB
18 Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is like him."

Genesis 2:18 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 2:18

And the Lord God said
Not at the same time he gave the above direction and instruction to man, how to behave according to his will, but before that, even at the time of the formation of Adam and which he said either to him, or with himself: it was a purpose or determination in his own mind, and may be rendered, as it is by many, he "had said" F2, on the sixth day, on which man was created, [it is] not good that man should be alone;
not pleasant and comfortable to himself, nor agreeable to his nature, being a social creature; nor useful to his species, not being able to propagate it; nor so much for the glory of his Creator: I will made him an help meet for him;
one to help him in all the affairs of life, not only for the propagation of his species, but to provide things useful and comfortable for him; to dress his food, and take care of the affairs of the family; one "like himself" F3, in nature, temper, and disposition, in form and shape; or one "as before him" F4, that would be pleasing to his sight, and with whom he might delightfully converse, and be in all respects agreeable to him, and entirely answerable to his case and circumstances, his wants and wishes.


FOOTNOTES:

F2 (rmayw) "dixerat", Vatablus, Drusius, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.
F3 (wdgnk) "simile sibi", V. L. Sam. Syr.
F4 "Tanquam coram eo", Montanus.

Genesis 2:18 In-Context

16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;
17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.
20 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.

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Cross References 1

  • 1. Proverbs 31:11; 1 Corinthians 11:9; 1 Timothy 2:13