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HELPMEET. Now often used as one word, meaning a helper (so niv), generally a wife; but in Gen.2.18 (kjv) it is two words. “I will make him a help meet for him,” i.e., a helper suitable for or complementing him. It is often changed to “helpmate,” which means the same.

HELPMEET. This is a “ghost” word, created from a misunderstanding of “help meet” (Gen 2:18, 20 KJV). God says, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him” (RSV). The KJV has “I will make him an help meet for him.” The KJV “help” is better rendered “helper,” and “meet” has the meaning of “suitable,” “adapted to,” “fit for.” Implied in the word “meet” is not only the idea of “suitability,” but also “likeness,” “correspondence in nature.” That is, God says that it is not good for man to live alone. He needs a counterpart, someone like himself in moral and intellectual nature, someone who can adequately sympathize with him in thought and interests, and be the complement of him.

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