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Genesis 1:27 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And God created Man in his image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And God created the man, in his own image, In the image of God, created he, him,—Male and female, created he, them.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And God prepareth the man in His image; in the image of God He prepared him, a male and a female He prepared them.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— So God created man in his owne Image, in the Image of God created hee him; male and female created hee them.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And God made man, according to the image of God he made him, male and female he made them.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— So Elohim created man in his [own] image, in the image of Elohim created he him; male and female created he them.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
So lhm אֱלֹהִים 430
{0430} Prime
אֱלֹהִים
'elohiym
{el-o-heem'}
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
created 1254
{1254} Prime
בּרא
bara'
{baw-raw'}
A primitive root; (absolutely) to create; (qualified) to cut down (a wood), select, feed (as formative processes).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
x853
(0853) Complement
אֵת
'eth
{ayth}
Apparently contracted from H0226 in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely).
man 120
{0120} Prime
אָדָם
'adam
{aw-dawm'}
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
in his [own] image, 6754
{6754} Prime
צֶלֶם
tselem
{tseh'-lem}
From an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, that is, (figuratively) illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure, especially an idol.
in the image 6754
{6754} Prime
צֶלֶם
tselem
{tseh'-lem}
From an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, that is, (figuratively) illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure, especially an idol.
of lhm אֱלֹהִים 430
{0430} Prime
אֱלֹהִים
'elohiym
{el-o-heem'}
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
created 1254
{1254} Prime
בּרא
bara'
{baw-raw'}
A primitive root; (absolutely) to create; (qualified) to cut down (a wood), select, feed (as formative processes).
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
he him; male 2145
{2145} Prime
זָכָר
zakar
{zaw-kawr'}
From H2142; properly remembered, that is, a male (of man or animals, as being the most noteworthy sex).
and female 5347
{5347} Prime
נְקֵבָה
n@qebah
{nek-ay-baw'}
From H5344; female (from the sexual form).
created 1254
{1254} Prime
בּרא
bara'
{baw-raw'}
A primitive root; (absolutely) to create; (qualified) to cut down (a wood), select, feed (as formative processes).
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
he them.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

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Matthew Henry's Commentary

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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

in the image:

Psalms 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well.
Isaiah 43:7 [Even] every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

male:

Genesis 2:21-25 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; ... And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Genesis 5:2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
Malachi 2:15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
Matthew 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the beginning made them male and female,
Mark 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
1 Corinthians 11:8-9 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. ... Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
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Gn 1:26; 2:21; 5:2. Ps 139:14. Is 43:7. Mal 2:15. Mt 19:4. Mk 10:6. 1Co 11:8. Ep 2:10; 4:24. Col 1:15.

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I think the account of creating Adam and Eve in Genesis 2 is simply an insert, provided to give additional information, not gone into in the creation account of Genesis 1. (Like is done is a history book or magazine article.)
- marie (1/2/2017 4:27:18 PM)
i think the reference to the phrase that he created them male and female, has nothing to so with he creating adam and eve at the same time because it says in genesis chapter 2 that there was no man to till the earth hence the reference in chapter that he created them male and female to me means that he created in man the male and female principle which is what gives man dominion over all things because in him lies the creative principle of life.
- samuel (1/2/2017 5:20:57 AM) [qBible.com]
Adam and Eve were created the same day. A few people hold to the account in Gen 2 as a seperate time occurrence than Gen 1. The account read in chapter two is the same aspect of the 6 the day creation - with a tunnel focus on the unique creating of mankind unlike any other portion of creation. Eve was made by God, in the process God used Adams rib to develop a binding relationship (not the need to transmit XX chromosomes).
- Michael Storey (9/21/2014 4:38:06 AM)
The word for "them" is indeed present in the Hebrew, the last word of the verse: "otam." The word "n'kavah" is used rather than "ishah" just as "zakhar" is used instead of "ish"--a natural literary choice in order to underscore the male/female polarity. "Zakhar" and "n'kavah" are even today the words used for male and female, for example, in grammatical contexts.
- Eliot (7/30/2014 2:33:53 PM)
The word for "them" is indeed present in the Hebrew, the last word of the verse: "otam." The word "n'kavah" is used rather than "ishah" just as "zakhar" is used instead of "ish"--a natural literary choice in order to underscore the male/female polarity. "Zakhar" and "n'kavah" are even today the words used for male and female, for example, in grammatical contexts.
- Eliot (7/26/2014 6:16:56 AM)
I would like to know if the word " Them " was added by the translators ? I have check and can't find it in the Hebrew. Also why wasn't "Ishshah" use for female here in the 27th verse. Was it because Eve was a concept not yet come into fusion until chapter 2. We know that man has the X Y chromosome and woman has X X, so in Adam there was in him a potential for Eve.
- Richard (7/16/2014 7:36:43 PM)
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