The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleGenesis 2:6
But there went up a mist from the earth…
waters had been drained off from it, and it was warmed by the body of
light and heat created on the first day, which caused a vapour, which
went up as a mist, and descended:
and watered the whole face of the ground;
or earth, and so
supplied the place of rain, until that was given: though rather the
words may be rendered disjunctively, "or there went up" F7; that is,
before a mist went up, when as yet there was none; not so much as a
mist to water the earth, and plants and herbs were made to grow; and
so Saadiah reads them negatively, "nor did a mist go up"; there were
no vapours exhaled to form clouds, and produce rain, and yet the
whole earth on the third day was covered with plants and herbs; and
this is approved of by Kimchi and Ben Melech.
F7 (hley daw) "aut vapor ascendens", Junius & Tremellius.