Genesis 2:21

“And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the LORD God caused a deepe sleepe to fall vpon Adam, and hee slept; and he tooke one of his ribs, and closed vp the flesh in stead thereof.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the Lord God sent a deep sleep on the man, and took one of the bones from his side while he was sleeping, joining up the flesh again in its place:
- Basic English Bible

And Jehovah Elohim caused a deep sleep to fall upon Man; and he slept. And he took one of his ribs and closed up flesh in its stead.
- Darby Bible

And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.
- Webster's Bible

Yahweh God caused a deep sleep to fall on the man, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.
- World English Bible

And Jehovah God causeth a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he sleepeth, and He taketh one of his ribs, and closeth up flesh in its stead.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the place with flesh instead thereof.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 2:21


2:21-22 This was done upon the sixth day, as was also the placing of Adam in paradise, though it be here mentioned after an account of the seventh day's rest: but what was said in general, #Ge 1:27|, that God made man male and female is more distinctly related here, God caused the sleep to fall on Adam, and made it a deep sleep, that so the opening of his side might be no grievance to him: while he knows no sin, God will take care he shall feel no pain.


Discussion for Genesis 2:21

  • The word rib means side according to bro. Jimmy s.
  • It's possible God chose the rib, because it's one of the few parts of the human body that can regenerate, and it likely contained enough matter which could be used to form another being. How clever. If someone took a piece of your rib right now, it could regenerate in time. Most other parts of the body don't do that.

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