The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleGenesis 2:25
And they were both naked, the man and his wife…
Were as they were created, having no clothes on them, and standing in
need of none, to shelter them from the heat or cold, being in a
temperate climate; or to conceal any parts of their bodies from the
sight of others, there being none of the creatures to guard against
on that account:
and were not ashamed;
having nothing in them, or on them, or
about them, that caused shame; nothing sinful, defective, scandalous or
blameworthy; no sin in their nature, no guilt on their consciences, or
wickedness in their hands or actions; and particularly they were not
ashamed of their being naked, no more than children are to see each
other naked, or we are to behold them: besides, they were not only
alone, and none to behold them; but their being naked was no disgrace
to them, but was agreeably to their nature; and they were not sensible
that there was any necessity or occasion to cover themselves, nor would
they have had any, had they continued in their innocent state:
moreover, there was not the least reason to be ashamed to appear in
such a manner, since they were but one flesh. The Jerusalem Targum is,
``they knew not what shame was,''
not being conscious of any sin, which sooner or later produces shame.
Thus Plato F18 describes the first men, who, he says, were produced
out of the earth; and for whom the fertile ground and trees brought
forth fruit of all kind in abundance of themselves, without any
agriculture; that these were (gumnoi kai arrwtoi) , "naked and without
any covering"; and so Diodories Siculus F19 says, the first of men
were naked and without clothing. The word here used sometimes
signifies wise and cunning; it is rendered "subtle" first verse of the
next chapter: and here the Targum of Jonathan is,
``they were both wise, Adam and his wife, but they
continued not in their glory;''
the next thing we hear of is their fall.
F18 Politico, apud Euseb. Praepar. Evangel. l. 12. c. 13. p. 588.
F19 Bibliothec. l. 1. p. 8.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Genesis 2:25". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=ge&chapter=002&verse=025>. 1999.