In Genesis 1:24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.(NIV)

In Genesis 2:19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. (NIV)

What is the difference between of these two verses?. Actually doubt is

"Is God created the wild animals by mud or Is God created the wild animals by His word"

Or, what is the exact meaning of these two verses?


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There is no 'difference'. Nor is there any necessity of 'doubt'.

The statements are not contradictory. They are describing the same event from different viewpoints : the ultimate cause and the proximate process.

The ultimate cause was the utterance, the self-expression, of the Creator, as recorded in Genesis 1:24.

The proximate process was a procedure involving organic material, as recorded in Genesis 2:19.

This is in accord with what we read in John 1:3 :

All things were made by Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

All things were made by God and nothing was made without the Logos.

  • thank you for you answer. In first chapter most of the verses telling he created all things by His Words. But in 2:19 it says God had formed. This is my confusion
    – Udhay Titus
    Commented Dec 24, 2020 at 7:47
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    Yes. God uttered it - an expression of the desire and will and intention of the Creator. And God performed it.
    – Nigel J
    Commented Dec 24, 2020 at 7:49

In Genesis 1, God created the animals (bara'). In Genesis chapter 2, He ‘formed’ (yatsar formed, (made a body/flesh)) bodies for those creatures. So, these are two different, or distinct “‘steps’.


Udhay Titus has made a couple of important questions about an (according someone) alleged discrepancy of the Hebrew Bible.

The questions are: (1) What is the difference between of these two verses (Gen 1:24 and 2:19)?

Or, (2) what is the exact meaning of these two verses?

To respond to the first question, we are able to say that the difference between of these two verses is the purpose, or aim of the point of the passages.

In the first instance - Gen 1:24 - the writer’s aim is to describe – synthetically – how land animals appeared for the first time on the planet Earth, being this verse – with full rights – inside the ‘Creation Spans of Time’ (or, popularly called, ‘Creation Days’), and more exactly, the Sixth of them.

In the second instance (Gen 2:19), its writing purpose is totally different. We may conclude so by the context itself. In fact, the logical paragraph (verses 18-24) points to the God’s necessity to provide a mate to man, as all the animals have yet.

The verse 18 tells us: “And Jehovah Elohim said, ‘It is not good that Man should be alone; I will make him a helpmate, his like’.” (Darby)

Here, Jehovah Elohim is described like a man who contemplate a produced masterpiece of him, trying to evaluate if it is possible to improve – in some way - the artifact.

Logically, this wording must be viewed as a kind of anthropomorphic device. In fact, the (outer and inner) structure of man’s body itself – based on the God’s choice to make possible the multiplication of humans through a sexual method (a number of God’s matter creatures don’t use this method. In fact, they use some asexual reproduction methods, as fission, budding, fragmentation, or parthenogenesis) - clearly pointed to some necessary mate, in the same moment of his devising (in the mind of God)! We have to remember that all the creations of the Almighty were – before the real creation of them – imagined, or devised in the mind of God. We find a beautiful wording of this process in Rev 4:11 (bold is mine): “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created” (ESV). They (“all things”) ‘existed’ before in God’s mind, intentions, ideas, thoughts; and after, they were ‘created’.

In the second part of the verse 19 and throughout the verse 20, we see – first – the God’s assignment to Adam to nominate (“literary to designate or specify […] by name” [The Penguin English Dictionary, 2nd Edition]) all the animals, and afterwards, how Adam performed this assignment, diligently.

But, note – now – the key-words of the entire topic (Gen 2:20): “[…] but as for Adam, he found no helpmate, his like.” (Darby)

This is the core of the topic. The God’s purpose was that Adam – through the keen observation of the animal habits (I think for a lot of months/years) he would be able to, not only nominate (i.e., to give a specific, peculiar name) every animals, but also to feel in himself the need of an apt mate for him (very different from the animal individuals).

So, the mention of the ‘formation’ (יצר) of the animals in Gen 2:19a is not a kind of ‘second animals’ creation account’, supposedly to complete the real animals’ creation account of Gen 1:20-25.

Nor, we may suppose the Hebrew verb here used (יצר) was in reference to a some body (material) structure of animals, as a counterbalanced term to the verb ברא (BRA, ‘to create’), as Dave claimed in his answer.

The verb יצר means ‘to form’, ‘to give a form (material or not)’. For some corroborations to this conclusion, we find in Isa 46:11, this term (יצר) linked with the God’s ‘plans’, or ‘purposes’ (surely not material!).

Again, we find in Jer 18:11 the term יצר as synonymous to מחשבה, this latter means ‘thought, design, project’. Also in this case, not some material ens.

Moreover, instead to be “two different, or distinct ‘steps’” of the animals’ creation – as Dave claimed – this Bible account points out to a different viewpoint the Bible reader has to adopt, helping us to understand a specific purpose of God.


This passage was a conceptual introduction (extracted from the real animals’ creation account of Gen 1:20-25) to justify the shift of the viewpoint the (Hebrew Bible) reader has to adopt at that point of the story-telling.

The purpose is to introduce the concept that man had need of an apt mate, very different from the other individual creatures yet present on the Earth.

As the psalmist sang:

“Thou, O Jehovah my God, hast multiplied thy marvellous works, and thy thoughts toward us: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee; would I declare and speak them, they are more than can be numbered.”

(Psa 40:5, Darby)

  • really good explanation Commented Jan 18, 2021 at 3:32

Gen 1:24 describes the habitat, or the environment that those Day-Six creatures were to be made for, the earth for the land animals only, whereas Gen 1:20-23 describes that it was the waters--invisible gaseous-like waters (the air) that was to be the habitat for the fowl and the gathered-together liquid waters for the fish.

On the other hand, Gen 2:19 describes the substance from which they were "formed"--the earth for both the land animals as well as the fowl.

Amazingly, no mention is made in Scripture as to what substance the fish were formed of. Moreover, the fish were not said to have been a part of the creatures that died in the flood. Even moreover than that, the waters--neither the visible liquid waters nor the invisible gaseous-like waters were cursed for man's sake when Adam sinned, yet the earth was cursed.

These might be interesting questions for someone who is looking for points to ask.


"Is God created the wild animals by mud or Is God created the wild animals by His word"

By using both.

Genesis 2:19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. (NIV)

Genesis 1:24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds:(...) (NIV)

First from the word and by means of the land.

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