Genesis 2:3

“And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Genesis 2:3

And God blessed the seuenth day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his worke, which God created and made.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And God blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it; because that in it he rested from all his work which God had created and made.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And God gave his blessing to the seventh day and made it holy: because on that day he took his rest from all the work which he had made and done.
- Basic English Bible

And God blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it, because that on it he rested from all his work which God had created in making it.
- Darby Bible

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
- Webster's Bible

God blessed the seventh day, and made it holy, because he rested in it from all his work which he had created and made.
- World English Bible

And God blesseth the seventh day, and sanctifieth it, for in it He hath ceased from all His work which God had prepared for making.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And God blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it; because that in it He rested from all His work which God in creating had made.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Genesis 2:3

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 2:3


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.


Discussion for Genesis 2:3

  • Anonymous on Genesis 2:3
    Why does God say what God has created instead of what I or He has created ?
  • K S REDDY on Genesis 2:3
    So God needed rest after working for 6 days. Thus the cycle of 7 days week started.
  • Dr.D.Vetha Roy on Genesis 2:3
    It is a glorious day to recall the glory of God's creations,especially the celestial system (ps.19:1).It is worth remembering the God of Glory on this day by resting from our worldly p***ions.
  • Maryann on Genesis 2:3
    Yes, the calendar has had several changes, but always in dates(numbers), never in days. The 7th day is the same as it always has been and God santified the 7th day (set it apart for Holy use) He kept the 7th day Sabbath and gave it to man long before the 10 commandments were given.
  • Diana Holleran on Genesis 2:3
    God changes not nor alter the thing that came out of His mouth.
  • RALPH M. WATERS on Genesis 2:3
    SEVENTH DAY - THEIR HAS BEEN SEVERAL CALENDARS - SINCE THE TIME OF CHRIST - PEOPLE USE SUNDAY AS THEIR DAY OF REST - SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST HAS THEIR BELIEFS, BUT GOD WANTED EVERYDAY TO BE A HOLY DAY UNTO THE LORD. - THATS WHY GOD SAYS "mens wisdom is foolishness to HIM" - The seventh day was a message - "Since you do not know what day I SANCTIFIED - SO THAT YOU WON'T BE WRONGE, EVERYDAY SHOULD BE A HOLY DAY. - THAT WAY YOU WON'T BE WRONGE.
  • Zinnia on Genesis 2:3
    Men need rest. But why does GOD NEED REST?
  • Valencia sanchez - in Reply on Genesis 2:3
    I am in the middle of looking for sources, but the term rest - in this verse means that he reigned from that moment on. He didn't go and take a nap. It meant that his kingdom was established. So he sat on his throne and reigned. That's why they kept sabbath because it was a reminder to the Jew's that on the days they did little to nothing, God is in control; nothing stops moving and God doesn't stop working.


 

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