Genesis 1:27

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Genesis 1:27

So God created man in his owne Image, in the Image of God created hee him; male and female created hee them.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And God made man in his image, in the image of God he made him: male and female he made them.
- Basic English Bible

And God created Man in his image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
- Darby Bible

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
- Webster's Bible

God created man in his own image. In God's image he created him; male and female he created them.
- World English Bible

And God prepareth the man in His image; in the image of God He prepared him, a male and a female He prepared them.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Genesis 1:27

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 1:27


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. Observe, That man was made last of all the creatures, which was both an honour and a favour to him: an honour, for the creation was to advance from that which was less perfect, to that which was more so and a favour, for it was not fit he should be lodged in the palace designed for him, till it was completely fitted and furnished for his reception. Man, as soon as he was made, had the whole visible creation before him, both to contemplate, and to take the comfort of. That man's creation was a mere signal act of divine wisdom and power, than that of the other creatures. The narrative of it is introduced with solemnity, and a manifest distinction from the rest. Hitherto it had been said, Let there be light, and Let there be a firmament: but now the word of command is turned into a word of consultation, Let us make man - For whose sake the rest of the creatures were made. Man was to be a creature different from all that had been hitherto made. Flesh and spirit, heaven and earth must be put together in him, and he must be allied to both worlds. And therefore God himself not only undertakes to make, but is pleased so to express himself, as if he called a council to consider of the making of him; Let us make man - The three persons of the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, consult about it, and concur in it; because man, when he was made, was to be dedicated and devoted to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. That man was made in God's image, and after his likeness; two words to express the same thing. God's image upon man, consists, In his nature, not that of his body, for God has not a body, but that of his soul. The soul is a spirit, an intelligent, immortal spirit, an active spirit, herein resembling God, the Father of spirits, and the soul of the world. In his place and authority. Let us make man in our image, and let him have dominion. As he has the government of the inferior creatures, he is as it were God's representative on earth. Yet his government of himself by the freedom of his will, has in it more of God's image, than his government of the creatures. And chiefly in his purity and rectitude. God's image upon man consists in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness, #Eph 4:24|; Col 3:10. He was upright, #Ec 7:29|. He had an habitual conformity of all his natural powers to the whole will of God. His understanding saw divine things clearly, and there were no errors in his knowledge: his will complied readily and universally with the will of God; without reluctancy: his affections were all regular, and he had no inordinate appetites or passions: his thoughts were easily fixed to the best subjects, and there was no vanity or ungovernableness in them. And all the inferior powers were subject to the dictates of the superior. Thus holy, thus happy, were our first parents, in having the image of God upon them. But how art thou fallen, O son of the morning? How is this image of God upon man defaced! How small are the remains of it, and how great the ruins of it! The Lord renew it upon our souls by his sanctifying grace! That man was made male and female, and blessed with fruitfulness. He created him male and female, Adam and Eve: Adam first out of earth, and Eve out of his side. God made but one male and one female, that all the nations of men might know themselves to be made of one blood, descendants, from one common stock, and might thereby be induced to love one another. God having made them capable of transmitting the nature they had received, said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth - Here he gave them, A large inheritance; replenish the earth, in which God has set man to be the servant of his providence, in the government of the inferior creatures, and as it were the intelligence of this orb; to be likewise the collector of his praises in this lower world, and lastly, to be a probationer for a better state. A numerous lasting family to enjoy this inheritance; pronouncing a blessing upon them, in the virtue of which, their posterity should extend to the utmost corners of the earth, and continue to the utmost period of time. That God gave to man a dominion over the inferior creatures, over fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air - Though man provides for neither, he has power over both, much more over every living thing that moveth upon the earth - God designed hereby to put an honour upon man, that he might find himself the more strongly obliged to bring honour to his Maker.

1:29-30 We have here the third part of the sixth day's work, which was not any new creation, but a gracious provision of food for all flesh, #Psa 136:25|. - Here is, 1. Food provided for man, Ge 1:29. herbs and fruits must be his meat, including corn, and all the products of the earth. And before the earth was deluged, much more before it was cursed for man's sake, its fruits no doubt, were more pleasing to the taste, and more strengthening and nourishing to the body. 2. Food provided for the beasts, #Ge 1:30|. Doth God take care of oxen? Yes, certainly, he provides food convenient for them; and not for oxen only that were used in his sacrifices, and man's service, but even the young lions and the young ravens are the care of his providence, they ask and have their meat from God.


Discussion for Genesis 1:27

  • Shannon on Genesis 1:27
    So did Adam have a wife before eve? It says here these two were created from earth. Then he talks about eve being created from adams rib...

    I am just looking for some insight.

    I have heard of a woman called lilith, supposed she and Adam bumped heads because they were equals. Maybe Adam killed her? But people think she remains on earth and at one point when sdam and eve are away from each other Adam has a one night stand with this lilith because it says during there time apart adam is at his worst, he is very distraught.

    I don't know where it talk about this. Please understand i don't think its ok to question any of this because i don't know if I am pointing out a real honest point that most don't see, or my interpretation is off and its wrong to think this way.
  • Chris on Genesis 1:27
    I've read the KJV from childhood, so am tickled to read how someone could find Gen 1:27 confusing. And I suppose it is, if you are not accustomed to the older style of English. What the verse is saying in modern English is: "So God created man in His Own Image, in God's Image man was created; both male & female were created by God". There is no indication of man & woman making a 'god of this world'. The god of this world is Satan who was banished from God's Presence because sin was found in him (Ezek 28:14,15: the king of Tyrus was a type). And this god of the world has full sway on the lives of those (the progeny of Adam & Eve) who disobey the God of Heaven.
  • James on Genesis 1:27
    I have a question.

    "... male and female created..." "...he them."

    So if he/them is actually a dynamic, or dichotomy,(the age old us vs them battle) ,instead of the face value, simple translation I have always interpreted as ancient people talking funny and putting words in the wrong place.

    so god made man, then made woman and when male and female communed they made god in the world instead of just above"

    I'm trying to unlearn and relearn. Anyone have any ideas
  • Peter - in Reply on Genesis 1:27
    I don't understand your question. God made man and then made woman; and of course it may say it a little different as the Bible was written a long time ago; but I can't understand how you say that the they commuted and made God??? God is the head of man' and man is the head of woman; however, be careful how you treat that woman as no where does it say you boss her or order her etc. She was made for man as it is not good for man to live alone; and you have to treat her good; as if it comes from God; it is good; and so; Don't misinterpret as some men do. Treat her right. I may have misunderstood your question but it seemed to be referring to something like that. Sorry if it is not what you were referring to. Have a great and wonderful day.
  • James Davis - in Reply on Genesis 1:27
    Thank you very much for that. You helped me understand. I'm grateful you read that craziness and helped to bring just a little clarity into my life. Thank you.
  • Peter - in Reply on Genesis 1:27
    I appreciate your reply. You make me feel good. Thank you;
  • Temmy on Genesis 1:27
    When God use 'we' does not mean he's many per say.God always use it to show the kind of mighty power he has. Some king uses similar thing whenever they want to give commands too.
  • Pat Wehi on Genesis 1:27
    Cain married 1 of his sisters from Eve. When God said " Let Us " it means God the father God the Son and Gos the Holy Spirit.
  • Jennifer Brown on Genesis 1:27
    This is truth. When God said lets make man in our likeness and in His image, this simply means the way he imaged you and I in His Mind before he created us. In His likeness meaning the way he liked. This is why you yourself look absolutely nothing like me. We look nothing like God for He is spirit wich makes sense to say that God created us all in his image. His image meaning the way he visioned every one of us fat skinnt, short, tall, black, white. For example... before a building is built, the builder first draws it in his image the way he likes. The same way a fashion designer would design different clothes. GOD the designer and WE the clothes.
  • Abey on Genesis 1:27
    "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness " So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them" God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.


 

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