Genesis 2:25, Setting the Scene for Genesis 3
Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother, and will join with his wife, and they will be one flesh. The man and his wife were both naked, and they were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:24-25)
This is the second time I’ve found a likely improper chapter division. The first occurred within the present-day Genesis 2:4, which was probably where the original Seven-Day Creation account ended and the preamble to the Adam and Eve account began.
The second is here in Genesis 2:25, which follows what was supposed to be a summary of Adam and Eve’s marriage: “for yes, a man will forsake his father and mother, and will enjoin to his wife, and they will be as one flesh.” (2:24) Verse 24 is quite a beautiful summary, but then we read this rather anticlimactic comment about Adam and Eve’s naked romps.
It makes sense to separate this last verse detailing the couples’ nudity into Genesis 3, as “eyrum” –the Hebrew word for naked – becomes a repeated focus there, as it not only appears Genesis 2:25, but also in vv. 3:1, 7, 10, and 11.
You might be wondering why I included Genesis 3:1, which reads in the NIV:
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
If you’re still wondering what this verse has to do with ‘nakedness’, you may be surprised to learn the word for ‘crafty’ (or ‘subtle’, or ‘clever’ – depending on which Bible translation you read) is ‘arum’. Both eyrum and arum are related; they are derived from the same root word: aram (Strong’s 6191, meaning “clever, crafty”).
It is this root word which underlines the general theme of the “Fall of Man” story. Understanding this linguistic tie of aram will provide so many more clues about the nature of human beings. I invite readers to study Genesis 2:25 through the end of chapter 3 in-depth with this knowledge in mind, and see what similarities exist between the aram found in human “nakedness” and the serpent’s “craftiness.” By this we set the scene for the Fall of Man, and can better understand its underlining theme.♦