“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.”
King James Version (KJV)
2:1-3 We have here, (1.) The settlement of the kingdom of nature, in God's resting from the work of creation, #Ge 2:1|,2. Where observe, 1. That the creatures made both in heaven and earth, are the hosts or armies of them, which speaks them numerous, but marshalled, disciplined, and under command. God useth them as his hosts for the defence of his people, and the destruction of his enemies. 2. That the heavens and the earth are finished pieces, and so are all the creatures in them. So perfect is God's work that nothing can be added to it or taken from it, #Eccl 3:14|. 3. That after the end of the first six days, God ceased from all work of creation. He hath so ended his work, as that though in his providence he worketh hitherto, #John 5:17|. preserving and governing all the creatures, yet he doth not make any new species of creatures. 4. That the eternal God, tho' infinitely happy in himself, yet took a satisfaction in the work of his own hands. He did not rest as one weary, but as one well - pleased with the instances of his own goodness. (2.) The commencement of the kingdom of grace, in the sanctification of the sabbath day, #Ge 2:3|. He rested on that day, and took a complacency in his creatures, and then sanctified it, and appointed us on that day to rest and take a complacency in the Creator; and his rest is in the fourth commandment made a reason for ours after six days labour. Observe, 1. That the solemn observation of one day in seven as a day of holy rest, and holy work, is the indispensible duty of all those to whom God has revealed his holy sabbaths. 2. That sabbaths are as ancient as the world. 3. That the sabbath of the Lord is truly honourable, and we have reason to honour it; honour it for the sake of its antiquity, its great author, and the sanctification of the first sabbath by the holy God himself, and in obedience to him, by our first parents in innocency.
2:4-7 In these verses, 1. Here is a name given to the Creator, which we have not yet met with, Jehovah. The LORD in capital letters, is constantly used in our English translation, for Jehovah. This is that great and incommunicable name of God, which speaks his having his being of himself, and his giving being to all things. It properly means, He that was, and that is, and that is to come. 2. Further notice taken of the production of plants and herbs, because they were made to be food for man. 3. A more particular account of the creation of man, #Ge 2:7|. Man is a little world, consisting of heaven and earth, soul and body. Here we have all account of the original of both, and the putting of both together: The Lord God, the great fountain of being and power, formed man. Of the other creatures it is said, they were created and made; but of man, that he was formed, which notes a gradual process in the work with great accuracy and exactness. To express the creation of this new thing, he takes a new word: a word (some think) borrowed from the potter's forming his vessel upon the wheel. The body of man is curiously wrought. And the soul takes its rise from the breath of heaven. It came immediately from God; he gave it to be put into the body, #Eccl 12:7 as afterwards he| gave the tables of stone of his own writing to be put into the ark. 'Tis by it that man is a living soul, that is, a living man. The body would be a worthless, useless carcase, if the soul did not animate it.
And on the seuenth day God ended his worke, which hee had made: And he rested on the seuenth day from all his worke, which he had made.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan
By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
- New American Standard Version (1995)
And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
- American Standard Version (1901)
And on the seventh day God came to the end of all his work; and on the seventh day he took his rest from all the work which he had done.
- Basic English Bible
And God had finished on the seventh day his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
- Darby Bible
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
- Webster's Bible
On the seventh day God finished his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
- World English Bible
and God completeth by the seventh day His work which He hath made, and ceaseth by the seventh day from all His work which He hath made.
- Youngs Literal Bible
And on the seventh day God finished His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible