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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 2:4-7

In these verses, I. Here is a name given to the Creator which we have not yet met with, and that is Jehovah?the LORD, in capital letters, which are constantly used in our English translation to intimate that in the original it is Jehovah. All along, in the first chapter, he was called Elohim?a God of power; but now Jehovah Elohim?a God of power and perfection, a finishing God. As we find him known by his name Jehovah when he appeared to perform what he had promised (Exod. 6:3), so now we have... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 2:7

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground ,.... Not of dry dust, but, as Josephus F8 Antiqu. l. 1. c. 1. says, of red earth macerated, or mixed with water; the like notion Hesiod F9 Opera & dies, ver. 60. has; or out of clay, as in Job 33:6 hence a word is made use of, translated "formed", which is used of the potter that forms his clay into what shape he pleases: the original matter of which man was made was clay; hence the clay of Prometheus F11 Martial.... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 2:7

God formed man of the dust - In the most distinct manner God shows us that man is a compound being, having a body and soul distinctly, and separately created; the body out of the dust of the earth, the soul immediately breathed from God himself. Does not this strongly mark that the soul and body are not the same thing? The body derives its origin from the earth, or as עפר aphar implies, the dust; hence because it is earthly it is decomposable and perishable. Of the soul it is said, God... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 2:7

Verse 7 7.And the Lord God formed man He now explains what he had before omitted in the creation of man, that his body was taken out of the earth. He had said that he was formed after the image of God. This is incomparably the highest nobility; and, lest men should use it as an occasion of pride, their first origin is placed immediately before them; whence they may learn that this advantage was adventitious; for Moses relates that man had been, in the beginning, dust of the earth. Let foolish... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 2:4-7


Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 2:4-7

Man the living soul. 1. Life is a Divine bestowment. 2. Dust which is Divinely inspired is no longer mere dust; the true life is neither groveling on the earth, nor so much away from the earth as to be no longer the life of a living soul. 3. The creature who is last formed, and for whom all other things wait and are prepared, is made to be the interpreter of all, and the glory of God in them.— R . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 2:7

And the Lord God (Jehovah Elohim) formed man of the dust of the ground. Literally, dust from the ground. Here, again, Bleek, Kalisch, and the theologians of their school discover contrariety between this account of man's creation and that which has been given in the preceding chapter. In that man is represented as having been created by the Divine word, in the Divine image, and male and female simultaneously; whereas in this his creation is exhibited as a painful process of elaboration... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 2:7

The first man. I. MADE FROM THE DUST . This does not imply that in the composition of humanity there is nothing but particles of dust, or "molecules of matter." Simply it designs to state that the point of departure in man's creation was the soil out of which all other living creatures were produced; that, so to speak, man was constructed from beneath upwards, the Divine Artificer proceeding with his creation in the same ascending scale of activity that had been observed in the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 2:4-7

- Part II. The development- Section II - The Man- X. The Field4. תולדות tôledôt “generations, products, developments.” That which comes from any source, as the child from the parent, the record of which is history.יהוה yehovâh. This word occurs about six thousand times in Scripture. It is obvious from its use that it is, so to speak, the proper name of God. It never has the article. It is never changed for construction with another noun. It is never accompanied with a suffix. It is never... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Genesis 2:7

Genesis 2:7. The Lord God formed man Man being the chief of God’s works in this lower world, and being intended to be the lord of all other creatures, we have here a more full account of his creation. The word ייצר , jitzer, here rendered he formed, is not used concerning any other creature, and implies a gradual process in the work, with great accuracy and exactness. It is properly used of potters forming vessels on the wheel; and Rabbi D. Kimchi says, that, when used concerning the... read more

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