Genesis 2:15-25

15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
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[a] no suitable helper was found.
21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[b] and then closed up the place with flesh.
22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib[c] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”
24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

Genesis 2:15 in Other Translations

KJV
15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
ESV
15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.
NLT
15 The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.
MSG
15 God took the Man and set him down in the Garden of Eden to work the ground and keep it in order.
CSB
15 The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it.

Genesis 2:15-25 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS 2

In this chapter are contained a summary of the works of creation on the six days, and God's resting from his works on the seventh day, and the sanctification of that, Ge 2:1-4 and an account of various things relating to several parts of the creation enlarged on and explained, and of various circumstances omitted in the preceding chapter, which could not so well be taken notice of there; as of a mist arising out of the earth, which watered the herbs and plants before there was any rain to fall upon them, or a man to cultivate them, Ge 2:5,6 and of the matter and manner of man's formation, Ge 2:7 and of the planting of the garden of Eden, and the trees that were in it, and the rivers that watered it, and sprung from it, and the course they steered, the countries they washed, and what those countries abounded with, Ge 2:8-14 of man's being put into it to dress it, and keep it, and of the grant he had to eat of the fruit of any of the trees in it, excepting one, which was forbidden under a penalty of death, Ge 2:15-17 and of all the creatures, beasts and fowls, being brought to him, to give them names, Ge 2:18-20 and of God's providing an help meet for him, and forming Eve out of one of his ribs, and of their marriage together, and the institution of marriage, Ge 2:21-24 and the chapter is concluded with observing the present state and circumstances of our first parents before they fell, Ge 2:25.

Genesis 2:15-25 In-Context

13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.
14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
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.
21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh.
22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”
24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

Cross References 18

  • 1. S ver 8
  • 2. Genesis 3:1-2
  • 3. Genesis 3:11,17
  • 4. Genesis 3:1,3; Genesis 5:5; Genesis 9:29; Deuteronomy 30:15,19; Jeremiah 42:16; Ezekiel 3:18; S Romans 5:12; S Romans 6:23; James 1:15
  • 5. Proverbs 31:11; 1 Corinthians 11:9; 1 Timothy 2:13
  • 6. Psalms 8:7
  • 7. S Genesis 1:20
  • 8. S Genesis 1:5
  • 9. Genesis 1:24
  • 10. Genesis 3:20; Genesis 4:1
  • 11. Genesis 15:12; 1 Samuel 26:12; Job 33:15
  • 12. 1Co 11:8,9,12; 1 Timothy 2:13
  • 13. Genesis 29:14; Ephesians 5:28-30
  • 14. S Genesis 1:5
  • 15. 1 Corinthians 11:8
  • 16. Malachi 2:15
  • 17. Matthew 19:5*; Mark 10:7-8*; 1 Corinthians 6:16*; Ephesians 5:31*
  • 18. Ge 3:7,10-11; Isaiah 47:3; Lamentations 1:8

Footnotes 3

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