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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 3:21

We have here a further instance of God's care concerning our first parents, notwithstanding their sin. Though he corrects his disobedient children, and put them under the marks of his displeasure, yet he does not disinherit them, but, like a tender father, provides the herb of the field for their food and coats of skins for their clothing. Thus the father provided for the returning prodigal, Luke 15:22. If the Lord had been pleased to kill them, he would not have done this for them. Observe,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 3:21

Unto Adam also, and to his wife ,.... Besides the kind intimation of grace and favour to them, another token of God's good will towards them was shown, in that whereas they were naked and ashamed: did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them ; not that before this they were only bone and flesh, and now God brought a skin over them, and covered them with it, or ordered a beast, which was very like a man, to have its skin stripped off, and put on him, as some in Aben Ezra... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 3:21

God made coats of skins - It is very likely that the skins out of which their clothing was made were taken off animals whose blood had been poured out as a sin-offering to God; for as we find Cain and Abel offering sacrifices to God, we may fairly presume that God had given them instructions on this head; nor is it likely that the notion of a sacrifice could have ever occurred to the mind of man without an express revelation from God. Hence we may safely infer, 1. That as Adam and Eve needed... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 3:21

Verse 21 21.Unto Adam also, and to his wife, did the Lord God make, etc. Moses here, in a homely style, declares that the Lord had undertaken the labor of making garments of skins for Adam and his wife. It is not indeed proper so to understand his words, as if God had been a furrier, or a servant to sew clothes. Now, it is not credible that skins should have been presented to them by chance; but, since animals had before been destined for their use, being now impelled by a new necessity, they... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 3:9-24

The word of God in the moral chaos. These verses bring before us very distinctly the elements of man's sinful state, and of the redemptive dispensation of God which came out of it by the action of his brooding Spirit of life upon the chaos. I. THE WORD OF GOD ADDRESSED TO THE PERSONAL CONSCIOUSNESS IS THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW WORLD . "The Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? " Before that direct intercourse between the Spirit of God and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 3:20-24

First fruits of the promise. I. FAITH ( Genesis 3:20 ). The special significance of Adam's renaming his wife at this particular juncture in his history is best discerned when the action is regarded as the response of his faith to the antecedent promise of the woman's seed. 1. It is the place of faith to succeed, and not to precede, the promise. Faith being, in its simplest conception, belief in a testimony, the testimony must ever take precedence of the faith. "In whom ye also... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 3:21

Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats ( cathnoth , from cathan , to cover; cf. χιτω ì ν ; Sanscrit, katam ; English, cotton ) of skin ( or , the skin of a man, from ur , to be naked, hence a hide). Neither their bodies (Origen), nor garments of the bark of trees (Gregory Nazianzen), nor miraculously-fashioned apparel (Grotius), nor clothing made from the serpent's skin ( R . Jonathan), but tunics prepared from the skins of animals,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 3:21

Covering. God's chief promises generally accompanied by visible signs or symbolical acts; e.g; bow in the cloud, furnace and lamp ( Genesis 15:17 ), passover, &c.; The time here spoken of specially called for such a sign. Man had fallen; a Deliverer was promised; it was the beginning of a state of grace for sinners. Notice four facts:— 1. Man unfallen required no covering. 2. Man fallen became conscious of need, especially towards God. 3. He attempted himself to provide... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 3:8-21

- XVI. The Judgment15. שׁוּף shûp “bruise, wound.” τηρεῖν (=τερεῖν?) tērein ἐκτρίβειν ektribein Job 9:17, καταπατεῖν katapatein Psalms 139:11, συντρίβειν suntribein Romans 16:20.16. תשׁוּקה teshûqâh “desire, inclination.” αποστροφή apostrofee, ἐπιστροφή epistrophē Song of Solomon 7:11.20. חוּה chavâh Eve, “the living, life, life-place, or village.”This passage contains the examination of the transgressors, Genesis 3:8-13; the sentence pronounced upon each, Genesis 3:14-19; and... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Genesis 3:21

Genesis 3:21. Unto Adam and his wife did God make By his own word, or by the ministry of angels; coats of skins Of beasts slain, either to show them what death is, or rather, as is more probable, in sacrifice to God, to prefigure the great sacrifice which, in the latter days, should be offered once for all. Thus the first animal that died was a sacrifice, or Christ in a figure. God clothed them: 1st, to defend them from the heat and cold, and other injuries of the air to which they... read more

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