We read in Genesis 2:18 (ESV)
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
I'm not a Hebrew scholar by any means, but what little I do understand is that Adam and Man are the same basic word. It struck me when comparing translations that many read "not good that the man should be alone".
What was God saying? Was it...
- not good for mankind to be alone.
- not good for Adam to be alone (if so why isn't it translated thus)
- not good for this man to be alone (if somehow different)
- not good for "malekind" (obviously they couldn't make more men without a woman, but as a principle, not good for males to live without relationship of some kind with women)
How does your answer effect our understanding of what was "not good" about it?