It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 6)

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What does it mean for the creation to be “good” and “very good?”

According to the Hebrew lexicon, “good” in Genesis 1 is translated by the Hebrew word towb (2896). In verse 31, the descriptive term “very,” in Hebrew m’od (3966), is added.

The word towb is defined as “good, pleasant, appropriate, morally good, or valuable in estimation.”

The adverb m’od has the meaning of “exceedingly, abundance, greatly, very, and exceedingly up to abundance.”

The writer of Genesis wants us to get that the creation was pretty good in God’s sight, to say the least.

Next Week: A Missing Word

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