Genesis 2:7

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, & breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a liuing soule.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the Lord God made man from the dust of the earth, breathing into him the breath of life: and man became a living soul.
- Basic English Bible

And Jehovah Elohim formed Man, dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and Man became a living soul.
- Darby Bible

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
- Webster's Bible

Yahweh God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
- World English Bible

And Jehovah God formeth the man -- dust from the ground, and breatheth into his nostrils breath of life, and the man becometh a living creature.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Then the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Genesis 2:7

  • Remember,we were not given souls, as all bible translations agree. We BECAME souls. All of us are souls. Please do not confuse spirit, something you cannot see, with soul, something that can be touched.
  • I tend to lean more to what Mr Scott has stated btwn ch1 ch2
  • My thought is God called day and night according to light and darkness. If there wasnt a sun and just a light then a day could be thousands of years. Also people bring up plants needing light and dark to live but before sin things were different. We cant judge how things operated before sin. Humans didnt need to eat and animals all got along etc. I feel there is no reason to say a day was 24 hours before the sun was made. If you say it was always 24 hours you can be wrong and someone proving this will be turned off to christianity.
  • I believe the issue some people are having as to how long was day in the book of Genesis can be clarified Chapter 1 23 . You have to remember plants and animals need night and day , plants can 't servive a thousand years of dark and thousand years of light! Also the earth had to be rotating at the same speed it Is now.
  • I ve done a very exhaustive study on the Hebrew in Genesis chapters 1 and 2 I ve come to the conclusion that chapter 1 explains the creation of the heavens and earth plants animals and man This took place over a very long time as the Hebrew word for day was used in other verses for a very long time Chapter 1 creation is by Elohim Chapter 1 man is to subdue the entire earth including the seas creatures Chapter 2 is a new story about the creation of a special man created by a personal God Yahweh Elohim This man is put in a garden and his job is to tend the garden There is no sea in the garden Chapter 2 introduces a new term for field and the animals brought to Adam in the garden are to help him till the ground there The creatures in Chapter 1 are not specific for working a field It says chapter 2 man has a soul but is silent on chapter 1 man I believe chapter 1 man probabaly includes the lower thinking less conscience Neanderthal and similar pre modern man If you look at the scriptures literally in context and in light of the evidence God has left us of his creation and forget what you ve learned in Sunday school then this is a conclusion that makes sense and honest to the Bible
  • I believe in Chapter 1 that God created the essence of what is male and female which would apply to animals, flowers, insects,humans, etc. In Chapter 2 He formed the body of man around what is the essence of male AND female, as the sperm of man determines the sex of children. He further formed a body around the essense of what is female and the rib from man which was bone of his body since he was an only pre-formed being that God breathed life into.

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