Genesis 2:24

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Therefore shall a man leaue his father and his mother, and shall cleaue vnto his wife: and they shalbe one flesh.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For this cause will a man go away from his father and his mother and be joined to his wife; and they will be one flesh.
- Basic English Bible

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
- Darby Bible

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
- Webster's Bible

Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother, and will join with his wife, and they will be one flesh.
- World English Bible

therefore doth a man leave his father and his mother, and hath cleaved unto his wife, and they have become one flesh.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 2:24


2:24 The sabbath and marriage were two ordinances instituted in innocency, the former for the preservation of the church, the latter for the preservation of mankind. It appears by #Mt 19:4|,5, that it was God himself who said here, a man must leave all his relations to cleave to his wife; but whether he spake it by Moses or by Adam who spake, #Ge 2:23 is uncertain: It should seem they are the words of| Adam in God's name, laying down this law to all his posterity. The virtue of a divine ordinance, and the bonds of it, are stronger even than those of nature. See how necessary it is that children should take their parents consent with them in their marriage; and how unjust they are to their parents, as well as undutiful, if they marry without it; for they rob them of their right to them, and interest in them, and alienate it to another fraudulently and unnaturally.


Discussion for Genesis 2

  • Shirley M. Smith
    My opinion is. Yahweh is all knowledge. Who can question Him according to his will. When he spoke things into their existing it pleased him. But there was no,one to care for all of Yahweh creation so after he took and breathed life into Adam he gave him warnings first sign of obedience. Then he gave him the first surgery out of it came a woman. Yahweh knows exactly what to do we could never do him
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    PARADOX. Verse 18. MYSTERY ! There is Truly more to this verse along with its backround than all of us have have been taught and lead to believe. One must ask his or her self, why would God create Adam already with {genitals} as Gods Holy Word is accurate, logical
  • Michael C.
    Cheryl, Genesis 2:18-19 God was letting Adam know that He knew all things about his needs; and then gave him some work to do; to care for the animals, and to wait in faith; God used those things to teach Adam, preparing him for the "good thing" He had coming for him. Jesus said, that He has many things to say to us, but we are not just now able to bear them. So we walk and learn till we are able.
  • Peter
    And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Our first breath is the beginning of semiconscious developemt of the mind.
  • Hughes
    Yes I believe there was a spoken creation in Genesis 1:26 of a spiritual life.Then there is Genesis 2:7 where there is a fleshy body.You truly have to allow the holy spirit to teach you the understanding of 11 Corinthians 4th chapter looking closely at 11cor.4:18.Trusting GOD WHOM I BELIEVE IS LOVE ❤ REQUIRES A DEEP LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING TO SEE CLEARLY GENESIS CHAPTER 2
  • James mores
    Yes adam wasnt the first man. He eas the begining of his choosen race. The linange of the seed to reconcile man.for he new that sin was in evatable. The seed would redeem man through jesus christ.and set the stage for a free willed god loving eternal relationship between god and man

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