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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 1:24-25

We have here the first part of the sixth day's work. The sea was, the day before, replenished with its fish, and the air with its fowl; and this day were made the beasts of the earth, the cattle, and the creeping things that pertain to the earth. Here, as before, 1. The Lord gave the word; he said, Let the earth bring forth, not as if the earth had any such prolific virtue as to produce these animals, or as if God resigned his creating power to it; but, ?Let these creatures now come into being... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 1:24

And God said, let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind ,.... All sorts of living creatures that live and move upon the earth; not that the earth was endued with a power to produce these creatures of itself, without the interposition of God: for though it might be impregnated with a quickening virtue by the Spirit of God, which moved on it whilst a fluid, and had been prepared and disposed for such a production by the heat of the body of light created on the first day, and... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 1:25

And God made the beast of the earth after his kind ,.... The wild beasts, and the several sorts of them; beginning the account with the last mentioned, as is frequent in the Hebrew language, and so he made all the rest: and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind ; tame creatures, and all the reptiles of the earth: this most clearly shows and proves that the above creatures were not produced by the mere force of nature, or the powers the earth... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 1:24

Let the earth bring forth the living creature, etc. - חיה נפש nephesh chaiyah ; a general term to express all creatures endued with animal life, in any of its infinitely varied gradations, from the half-reasoning elephant down to the stupid potto, or lower still, to the polype, which seems equally to share the vegetable and animal life. The word חיתו chaitho , in the latter part of the verse, seems to signify all wild animals, as lions, tigers, etc., and especially such as are... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 1:25

And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, etc. - Every thing both in the animal and vegetable world was made so according to its kind, both in genus and species, as to produce its own kind through endless generations. Thus the several races of animals and plants have been kept distinct from the foundation of the world to the present day. This is a proof that all future generations of plants and animals have been seminally included in those which God formed in the beginning. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 1:24

Verse 24 24.Let the earth bring forth He descends to the sixth day, on which the animals were created, and then man. ‘Let the earth,’ he says, ‘bring forth living creatures.’ But whence has a dead element life? Therefore, there is in this respect a miracle as great as if God had begun to create out of nothing those things which he commanded to proceed from the earth. And he does not take his material from the earth, because he needed it, but that he might the better combine the separate parts... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 1:24-31

The sixth day. We pass from the sea and air to the earth. We are being led to man. Notice— I. THE PREPARATION IS COMPLETE . Before the earth receives the human being, it brings forth all the other creatures, and God sees that they are good—good in his sight, good for man. II. THE PURPOSE OF THE WORK IS BENEVOLENT . Cattle, creeping thing, beast of the earth. So man would see them distinguished—the wild from the domestic, the creeping from the roaming, the clean from... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 1:25

And God made ( asah , not beta , the principle of life being not now introduced for the first time, as in Genesis 1:21 ) the beast of the earth (the chayyah ) after his kind, and cattle ( behemah ) after their kind, and every thing that creepeth on the earth (literally, every reraes of the ground) after his kind. The order of creation ( Genesis 1:25 ) differs from that in which they were summoned into existence ( Genesis 1:24 ). The latter may be the order of... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 1:24-31

- VIII. The Sixth Day24. בהמה behēmâh, “cattle; dumb, tame beasts.”רמשׂ remeś, “creeping (small or low) animals.”חוּה chayâh, “living thing; animal.”חוּת־חארץ chayatô-chā'ārets, “wild beast.”26. אדם 'ādām, “man, mankind;” “be red.” A collective noun, having no plural number, and therefore denoting either an individual of the kind, or the kind or race itself. It is connected in etymology with אדמה 'ădāmâh, “the red soil,” from which the human body was formed Genesis 2:7. It therefore... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Genesis 1:24-25

Genesis 1:24-25 . Let the earth bring forth He that of stones can raise children to Abraham, and who called forth the universe from nothing, could easily produce animals from the dull and sluggish earth, although inanimate. Cattle Those tame beasts which do not shun the society of men, and are most useful to us for food, clothing, or various services. The beasts of the earth The Hebrew word חית , chaiath, generally signifies the wild beast, which is evidently its meaning here. read more

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