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 for Genesis 2:7

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 for Genesis 2:7

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 2:7

2:8-15 Man consisting of body and soul, a body made out of the earth, and a rational immortal soul, we have in these verses the provision that was made for the happiness of both. That part of man, which is allied to the world of sense, was made happy, for he was put in the paradise of God; that part which is allied to the world of spirits was well provided for, for he was taken into covenant with God. Here we have, A description of the garden of Eden, which was intended for the palace of this prince. The inspired penman in this history writing for the Jews first, and calculating his narratives from the infant state of the church, describes things by their outward sensible appearances, and leaves us, by farther discoveries of the divine light, to be led into the understanding of the mysteries couched under them. Therefore he doth not so much insist upon the happiness of Adam's mind, as upon that of his outward estate. The Mosaic history, as well as the Mosaic law, has rather the patterns of heavenly things, than the heavenly things themselves, #Heb 9:23|. Observe, (1.) The place appointed for Adam's residence was a garden; not an ivory house. As clothes came in with sin, so did houses. The heaven was the roof of Adam's house, and never was any roof so curiously cieled and painted: the earth was his floor, and never was any floor so richly inlaid: the shadow of the trees was his retirement, and never were any rooms so finely hung: Solomon's in all their glory were not arrayed like them. (2.) The contrivance and furniture of this garden was the immediate work of God's wisdom and power. The Lord God planted this garden, that is, he had planted it, upon the third day when the fruits of the earth were made. We may well suppose it to be the most accomplished place that ever the sun saw, when the All - sufficient God himself designed it to be the present happiness of his beloved creature. (3.) The situation of this garden was extremely sweet; it was in Eden, which signifies delight and pleasure. The place is here particularly pointed out by such marks and bounds as were sufficient when Moses wrote, to specify the place to those who knew that country; but now it seems the curious cannot satisfy themselves concerning it. Let it be our care to make sure a place in the heavenly paradise, and then we need not perplex ourselves with a search after the place of the earthly paradise. (4.) The trees wherewith this garden was planted. [1.] It had all the best and choicest trees in common with the rest of the ground. It was beautified with every tree that was pleasant to the sight - It was enriched with every tree that yielded fruit grateful to the taste, and useful to the body. But, [2.] It had two extraordinary trees peculiar to itself, on earth there were not their like. 1. There was the tree of life in the midst of the garden - Which was not so much a natural means to preserve or prolong life; but was chiefly intended to be a sign to Adam, assuring him of the continuance of life and happiness upon condition of his perseverance in innocency and obedience. 2. There was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil - So called, not because it had any virtue to beget useful knowledge, but because there was an express revelation of the will of God concerning this tree, so that by it he might know good and evil. What is good? It is good not to eat of this tree: what is evil? To eat of this tree. The distinction between all other moral good and evil was written in the heart of man; but this, which resulted from a positive law, was written upon this tree. And in the event it proved to give Adam an experimental knowledge of good by the loss of it, and of evil by the sense of it. (5.) The rivers wherewith this garden was watered, #Ge 2:10 |- 14. These four rivers, (or one river branched into four streams) contributed much both to the pleasantness and the fruitfulness of this garden. Hiddekel and Euphrates are rivers of Babylon. Havilah had gold and spices and precious stones; but Eden had that which was infinitely better, the tree of life, and communion with God. The command which God gave to man in innocency, and the covenant he than took him into. Hither we have seen God; man's powerful Creator, and his bountiful benefactor; now he appears as his ruler and lawgiver.

Discussion for Genesis 2

  • David Hummel on Genesis 2:7
    though I think there was, at some point, link to search particular bible terms on this site I can no longer find it. For Example, it would be a good feature if one could type in the word 'knowledge' and see where and how often that word occurs bible wide- I might have overlooked just such a feature. Can anyone help?
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 2:7
    Are you thinking of the "Search the Bible" box? If so, it is in the upper left-hand corner of KJB Online's Main Page. If you're corresponding with someone on a matter on the Discussion Page, it's a good idea to open a new page where you can do your Bible Word or Text Search to assist you.
  • Ed Hand on Genesis 2:7
    The breath of life, from God into Adam (Gen 2:7), became Adam's own spirit.

    The Hebrew word "naphach", which is translated as "breathed", can mean breathed or to blow into, or to inflate. The Hebrew word "neshamah", which is translated as "breath", refers to vital breath of inspiration, and is also translated as "spirit" in other Old Testament verses such as in Proverbs 20:27, which states "The spirit ("neshamah") of a man is the candle of the Lord". From the meanings of these Hebrew words, the phrase "breathed into his nostrils the breath of life", from Genesis 2:7 can be restated as "blew into his nostrils the spirit of life". We know Adam's spirit - the breath from God, is what gave him life. Another words, Adam's spirit entering his body from God's breath (or "spirit"), started his heart to beat, and then, Adam's spirit flowed into his bloodstream, causing Adam to become a living soul (Gen. 2:7). As you can tell from my explanation, God breathed Adam's spirit into him, and, as a result, Adam's soul was created. Some feel that this verse merely says that Adam came to life, but let's take a closer look. How do I know his spirit entered his bloodstream? That word "soul" is translated from the Hebrew word "Nephesh". There is another reference in the Bible, at Leviticus 17:11, which states: For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Another reference is at Deuteronomy 12:23, which also indicates that "the blood is the life". However, in both of these verses, it is also the word "Nephesh", which is, in fact, translated "life", instead of "soul", as it's translated in Genesis 2:7. In Deuteronomy 12:23, God is telling Moses not to allow the people to eat the blood of animals, because "the blood is the soul". Leviticus 17:11 declares that "the soul of the flesh is in the blood".
  • Shaarei - in Reply on Genesis 2:7
    For ALL have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God. The commandments to Love our Lord with all and to Love one another, on these hand ALL Laws and ALL PROPHETS!

    May the truth find you and set you free

    Galatians 3:28

    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus

    when we are born again, WE ARE ADOPTED INTO OUR LORD!

    Romans 8:15

    For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father

    We are one in CHRIST JESUS

  • Peter on Genesis 2:7
    What is the breath of life; and man became a living soul. A living soul is a soul that lives. So, I would say, that there must be souls that do not live. Man may have had a soul before but with the breath of life, he became a living soul. So what would the soul be? It must be something in all animals but man must have one that is living; and so it seems to be what ever the difference is between animals and men or I could probably say between animals and people. That must be the living soul; what ever it is.
  • Tony on Genesis 2:7
    I tend to lean more to what Mr Scott has stated btwn ch1 ch2
  • Joe on Genesis 2:7
    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.
  • Joseph on Genesis 2:7
    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.
  • Scott on Genesis 2:7
    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
  • Susann on Genesis 2:7
    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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