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

  • Matt
    @Dw You are correct! The 6th day mankind would later be known as the gentiles. Specifically, they are the blacks, Orientals and Aboriginal peoples. The 8th day Adamic race is the white, specifically. However, Cain doesn't belong to Adam. Seth and Abel were Adam's sons, but Cain belongs to the serpent/ tree of knowledge/ Lucifer: the Devil. Genesis ch. 3, Matthew ch. 13 and 1 John ch. 3 to document
  • Dennis Flannery
    God simply made man and woman from the dust of the ground and he also used a rib from Adam they also became one flesh in husband and wife but they boath came from the dust
  • Dw
    The text is in order. Male and female were created on the sixth day. Adam and Eve were created on the eigth day and put in the garden of Eden. Adam and Eve are the lineage of Jesus. All of mankind does not come from Adam and Eve, as God does not endorse incest. Cain left and found a wife
    , as did Seth, from the people already on Earth from the sixth day creation. The text is in order
  • Sandy
    Rebecca Why does Genesis 1 and 2 seem to contradict?
    I think chapter 2 is explaining chapter 1 in more detail. Irene123 I don't think the fruit is important. I think the fact that Adam and Eve were tricked into disobeying God. The important issue. The SIN is DISOBEYING GOD! It's not what you do.
  • Rebecca
    Why does Genesis 1 and 2 seem to contradict? Or is it that chapter one is like the thesis in the beginning of an essay while chapter 2 elaborates and goes into more detail of what the first chapter said?
  • Peter
    No mis print but it is just telling more detail of previous things. This is a typical way of telling things. often there is an outline and or introduction and then more detail.

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