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The passages in this question are all from Genesis 2.

After creation God expresses how no suitable companion could be found for the man

18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

God brings the animals to man for naming

9 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.

Again after the naming ceremony God expresses the similar sentiment of how no suitable companion have been found for man

20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found

Somehow this statement seems to come after parading the animals before man during the naming ceremony.

Did God ever consider the animals as suitable help for man?

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    +1. It is an interesting question. Other similar interesting questions are: What limited help could the animals offer man? and; Will there be animals in heaven? Jan 11 at 11:07
  • Squirrels can gather nuts, and monkeys fruits. Jan 17 at 14:07
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The short answer is definitely NO. While animals can be of some assistance to man and excellent companions, they lack at least three important elements that make them, over-all, not suitable in every way

  1. Intelligence to discuss matters together
  2. Ability to be intimate and procreate with man together
  3. Ability to understand and appreciate and share the fellowship of God together

Thus, an animal cannot bond with a human in anything like the ways that another human can do. Another animal cannot really think in abstract terms and cannot be a partner in marriage.

The Cambridge commentary observes:

an help meet for him “meet”: or answering to. The word “meet” means “suitable,” or “adapted to.” The Lord God will make for man a “help” corresponding to his moral and intellectual nature, supplying what he needs, the counterpart of his being.

“Help meet,” which has become a recognized English word, fails to give the full sense of this passage from which it is derived. Man will find help from that which is in harmony with his own nature, and, therefore, able adequately to sympathise with him in thought and interests. It is not identity, but harmony, of character which is suggested.

The pulpit commentary is more detailed:

The Divine judgment of which the preceding chapter speaks was expressed at the completion of man's creation; this, while that creation was in progress. For the new-made man to have been left without a partner would, in the estimation of Jehovah Elohim, have been for him a condition of being which, if not necessarily bad in itself, yet, considering his intellectual and social nature, "would eventually have passed over from the negative not good, or a manifest want, into the positive not good, or a hurtful impropriety"' (Lange). "It was not good for man to be alone; not, as certain foolish Rabbis conceited, lest he should imagine himself to be the lord of the world, or as though no man could live without a woman, which is contrary to Scripture; but in respect of

(1) mutual society and comfort,

(2) the propagation of the race,

(3) the increase and generation of the Church of God, and

(4) the promised seed of the woman (Willet).

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As I explained in another answer (What is the difference between of Genesis 1:24 and Genesis 2:19?) the Bible account of the God's preparation of an apt mate for Adam must be viewed through an anthropomorphic lens. God did already know that animals cannot provide an apt mate for Adam (all the physical, anatomical, mental, and emotional structures of man reveal this basic truth). The Creator wanted Adam were fully aware that, in spite of several points of contact between him and the animals, he was a very different creation. So, he had need for a very different mate (compared to animals).

We have to remember that only for humans God said (bold is mine): "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Gen 1:27, KJV)

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