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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 1:26-28

We have here the second part of the sixth day's work, the creation of man, which we are, in a special manner, concerned to take notice of, that we may know ourselves. Observe, I. That man was made last of all the creatures, that it might not be suspected that he had been, any way, a helper to God in the creation of the world: that question must be for ever humbling and mortifying to him, Where wast thou, or any of thy kind, when I laid the foundations of the earth? Job 38:4. Yet it was both an... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 1:26

And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness ,.... These words are directed not to the earth, out of which man was made, as consulting with it, and to be assisting in the formation of man, as Moses Gerundensis, and other Jewish writers F6 Vet. Nizzachon, p. 5. Lipman. Carmen Memorial. p. 108. apud Wagenseil. Tela ignea, vol. 1. , which is wretchedly stupid; nor to the angels, as the Targum of Jonathan, Jarchi, and others, who are not of God's privy council, nor were... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 1:27

So God created man in his own image ,.... Which consisted both in the form of his body, and the erect stature of it, different from all other creatures; in agreement with the idea of that body, prepared in covenant for the Son of God, and which it was therein agreed he should assume in the fulness of time; and in the immortality of his soul, and in his intellectual powers, and in that purity, holiness, and righteousness in which he was created; as well as in his dominion, power, and... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 1:26

And God said, Let us make man - It is evident that God intends to impress the mind of man with a sense of something extraordinary in the formation of his body and soul, when he introduces the account of his creation thus; Let Us make man. The word אדם Adam , which we translate man, is intended to designate the species of animal, as חיתו chaitho , marks the wild beasts that live in general a solitary life; בהמה behemah , domestic or gregarious animals; and רמש remes , all... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 1:26

Verse 26 26.Let us make man (83) Although the tense here used is the future, all must acknowledge that this is the language of one apparently deliberating. Hitherto God has been introduced simply as commanding; now, when he approaches the most excellent of all his works, he enters into consultation. God certainly might here command by his bare word what he wished to be done: but he chose to give this tribute to the excellency of man, that he would, in a manner, enter into consultation... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 1:27

Verse 27 27.So God created man The reiterated mention of the image of God is not a vain repetition. For it is a remarkable instance of the Divine goodness which can never be sufficiently proclaimed. And, at the same time, he admonishes us from what excellence we have fallen, that he may excite in us the desire of its recovery. When he soon afterwards adds, that God created them male and female, he commends to us that conjugal bond by which the society of mankind is cherished. For this form of... 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 1:26

The importance assigned in the Biblical record to the creation of man is indicated by the manner in which it is introduced. And God said, Let us make man. Having already explained the significance of the term Elohim , as suggesting the fullness of the Divine personality, and foreshadowing the doctrine of the Trinity ( Genesis 1:1 ), other interpretations, such as that God takes counsel with the angels (Philo, Aben Ezra, Delitzsch), or with the earth (Maimonides, M . Gerumlius), or... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 1:26-27

The creation of man. Take it— I. As a revelation of God in his relation to man. II. As a revelation of man to himself. I. GOD IN RELATION TO MAN . 1. As the Father as well as Creator . As to the rest of creation, it is said, "Let be," and "it was." As to many "Let us make in our image." Closely kin by original nature, man is invited to intercourse with the Divine. 2. The spirituality of God's highest creature is the bond of union and fellowship. The... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 1:27

So (or and) God created ( bara , as in Genesis 1:1 , Genesis 1:21 , q.v.) man (literally; the Adam referred to in Genesis 1:26 ) in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them . The threefold repetition of the term "created" should be observed as a significant negation of modern evolution theories as to the descent of man, and an emphatic proclamation of his Divine original . The threefold parallelism of the members of this verse is... read more

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