Genesis 5:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 5:2, NIV: "He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them 'Mankind' when they were created."

Genesis 5:2, ESV: "Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created."

Genesis 5:2, KJV: "Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created."

Genesis 5:2, NASB: "He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them 'mankind' on the day when they were created."

Genesis 5:2, NLT: "He created them male and female, and he blessed them and called them 'human.'"

Genesis 5:2, CSB: "he created them male and female. When they were created, he blessed them and called them mankind."

What does Genesis 5:2 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The previous verse restated the claim of Genesis 1:27: that God made humankind in His own likeness. This verse is specific that "mankind" includes male and female, beginning with Adam and Eve. God blessed our human race and named it. God did this because He was the Creator. He owned humanity, and He claimed responsibility for it. From that position of power, He blessed us and He claimed His right to name us. Together, we, the human race, became "Adam." The Hebrew words for Adam and man are exactly the same: ā'dām.

Included in God's blessing is fertility and reproduction. It's important to remember that God intended man to multiply and fill the earth prior to the fall (Genesis 1:28). Sex, within the context of God's intended plan of one man and one woman, is part of His "good" creation. God enabled humanity to increase in numbers, to thrive as we began to fill up the earth. The following verses will detail a single generational line of God's blessing.