KJV term for woman as a helper precisely adapted to man (Genesis 2:18). Modern translations supply various equivalents: a helper suitable for him (NAS, NIV); a helper as his partner (NRSV); a suitable companion for him (TEV). The noun translated helper or partner does not suggest subordination. Elsewhere the term is used of God as Helper (1 Chronicles 12:18;
Psalms 121:1) or of military allies (Jeremiah 47:4;
Nahum 3:9). The adjective “meet” (translated suitable, comparable, or corresponding) stresses that woman, unlike the animals (Genesis 2:20), can be truly one with man (Genesis 2:24), that is, enjoy full fellowship and partnership in humanity's God-given task (Genesis 1:27-28).
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