Genesis 2:24
New International Version
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

New Living Translation
This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.

English Standard Version
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Berean Study Bible
For this reason a man will leave his father and his mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

New American Standard Bible
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

King James Bible
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Christian Standard Bible
This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh.

Contemporary English Version
That's why a man will leave his own father and mother. He marries a woman, and the two of them become like one person.

Good News Translation
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united with his wife, and they become one.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh.

International Standard Version
(Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother and cling to his wife, and they will become one flesh.)

NET Bible
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and unites with his wife, and they become a new family.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother, and will join with his wife, and the two will become one flesh.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That is why a man will leave his father and mother and will be united with his wife, and they will become one flesh.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh.

New American Standard 1977
For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

American King James Version
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall join to his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

American Standard Version
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore a man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be two in one flesh.

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

English Revised Version
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

World English Bible
Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother, and will join with his wife, and they will be one flesh.

Young's Literal Translation
therefore doth a man leave his father and his mother, and hath cleaved unto his wife, and they have become one flesh.
Study Bible
Man and Woman in the Garden
23And the man said: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for out of man she was taken.” 24For this reason a man will leave his father and his mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. 25And the man and his wife were both naked, and they were not ashamed.…
Cross References
Matthew 19:5
and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'?

Mark 10:7
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,

Mark 10:8
and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one flesh.

1 Corinthians 6:16
Or don't you know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, "The two will become one flesh."

Ephesians 5:31
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."

Genesis 4:19
And Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah.

Proverbs 2:17
who abandons the partner of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God.

Malachi 2:15
Has not the LORD made them one, having a portion of the Spirit? And why one? Because He seeks godly offspring. Therefore guard yourselves in your spirit and do not break faith with the wife of your youth.

Treasury of Scripture

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall join to his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

leave.

Genesis 24:58,59
And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go…

Genesis 31:14,15
And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house? …

Psalm 45:10
Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;

cleave.

Leviticus 22:12,13
If the priest's daughter also be married unto a stranger, she may not eat of an offering of the holy things…

Deuteronomy 4:4
But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.

Deuteronomy 10:20
Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.

and they shall be one flesh.

Malachi 2:14-16
Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant…

Matthew 19:3-9
The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? …

Mark 10:6-12
But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female…







Lexicon
For
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

this reason
כֵּן֙ (kên)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3651: So -- thus

a man
אִ֔ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

will leave
יַֽעֲזָב־ (ya·‘ă·zāḇ-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5800: To loosen, relinquish, permit

his father
אָבִ֖יו (’ā·ḇîw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1: Father

and
וְאֶת־ (wə·’eṯ-)
Conjunctive waw | Direct object marker
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

his mother
אִמּ֑וֹ (’im·mōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 517: A mother, )

and
וְהָי֖וּ (wə·hā·yū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

be united
וְדָבַ֣ק (wə·ḏā·ḇaq)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1692: To impinge, cling, adhere, to catch by pursuit

to his wife,
בְּאִשְׁתּ֔וֹ (bə·’iš·tōw)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 802: Woman, wife, female

and they will become one
אֶחָֽד׃ (’e·ḥāḏ)
Number - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 259: United, one, first

flesh.
לְבָשָׂ֥ר (lə·ḇā·śār)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1320: Flesh, body, person, the pudenda of a, man
(24) Therefore shall a man leave . . . --These are evidently the words of the narrator. Adam names this new product of creative power, as he had named others, but he knew nothing about young men leaving their father's house for the wife's sake. Moreover, in Matthew 19:5, our Lord quotes these words as spoken by God, and the simplest interpretation of this declaration is that the inspired narrator was moved by the Spirit of God to give this solemn sanction to marriage, founded upon Adam's words. The great and primary object of this part of the narrative is to set forth marriage as a Divine ordinance. The narrator describes Adam's want, pictures him as examining all animal life, and studying the habits of all creatures so carefully as to be able to give them names, but as returning from his search unsatisfied. At last one is solemnly brought to him who is his counterpart, and he calls her Ishah, his feminine self, and pronounces her to be his very bone and flesh. Upon this, "He who at the beginning made them male and female "pronounced the Divine marriage law that man and wife are one flesh.

Verse 24. - Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife. There is nothing in the use of such terms as father and mother, or in the fact that the sentiment is prophetic, to prevent the words from being regarded as a continuation of Adam's speech, although, on the other hand, the statement of Christ (Matthew 19:5) does not preclude the possibility of Moses being their author; but whether uttered by the first husband (Delitzsch, Macdonald) or by the historian (Calvin, Murphy), they must be viewed as an inspired declaration of the law of marriage. Its basis (fundamental reason and predisposing cause) they affirm to be

(1) the original relationship of man and woman, on the platform of creation; and

(2) the marriage union effected between the first pair. Its nature they explain to be

(1) a forsaking (on the part of the woman as well as the man) of father and mother - not filially, in respect of duty, but locally, in respect of habitation, and comparatively, in respect of affection; and

(2) a cleaving unto his wife, in a conjugium corporis atque animce. Its result is stated in the words which follow: and they shall be one flesh (literally, into one flesh; εἰς σάρκα μίαν, Matthew 19:5, LXX.). The language points to a unity of persons, and not simply to a conjunction of bodies, or a community of interests, or even a reciprocity of affections. Malachi (Malachi 2:15) and Christ (Matthew 19:5) explain this verse as teaching the indissoluble character of marriage and condemning the practice of polygamy. 2:18-25 Power over the creatures was given to man, and as a proof of this he named them all. It also shows his insight into the works of God. But though he was lord of the creatures, yet nothing in this world was a help meet for man. From God are all our helpers. If we rest in God, he will work all for good. God caused deep sleep to fall on Adam; while he knows no sin, God will take care that he shall feel no pain. God, as her Father, brought the woman to the man, as his second self, and a help meet for him. That wife, who is of God's making by special grace, and of God's bringing by special providence, is likely to prove a help meet for a man. See what need there is, both of prudence and prayer in the choice of this relation, which is so near and so lasting. That had need to be well done, which is to be done for life. Our first parents needed no clothes for covering against cold or heat, for neither could hurt them: they needed none for ornament. Thus easy, thus happy, was man in his state of innocency. How good was God to him! How many favours did he load him with! How easy were the laws given to him! Yet man, being in honour, understood not his own interest, but soon became as the beasts that perish.
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