3.8) Adam Became Alone

One of the more profound evidences for the existence of Lilith comes in Ge 2:18.  In the literal Hebrew of the verse, God declares that it was not good that Adam “had become alone.”  This means that before Eve’s creation there existed a period of time where Adam was not alone and had a companion.  Furthermore, some event must have transpired to make him become alone.  Only Lilith’s legend explains these facts.  She was the man’s initial companion, and he became alone after she rebelled. 

In the literal translation of Ge 2:18 in Table 3‑7, the key word reveling that the man became alone is hayowt (twyh).  Hayowt is the 3rd person perfect tense of the verb hayah (hyh – Strongs 1961), which means “to become.”  Thus, Hayowt means “he had become.”  This indicates that the man had become alone at some point in the past.  Thus, he was not always alone and must have had a companion before Eve.  Lilith is the only viable explanation for this previous companion.  The man had become lonely after she rebelled and fled the garden.  For this reason, God laments that the man had become alone and purposes to make a new companion for him. 

Ge 2:18 (My Literal)
And said Jehovah God, it is not good the man had become alone.  I shall make for him a help as shown before him.
to his separation

the man

he had become





and said

Table 3‑7: A Transliteration of Ge 2:18, Part 1 (View Pic)

The notion that Adam became alone also solves two nagging theological issues.  First, why would God create Adam alone, especially when God created companions for all the animals?  In addition, why were the beasts of the field searched with any real hope of finding a suitable helpmate for the man?  The answer to the first is that the man was not created alone.  He was created with a companion Lilith, who rebelled and fled.  Moreover, the beasts of the field were searched for a companion, because the man’s fled companion, the Serpent Lilith, was considered one of these beasts of the field.  Recall the Serpent was called a “beast of the field” in Ge 3:1. 

Lilith’s legend also helps explain the timing of Eve’s creation.  Eve was created immediately following the man’s failed search among the beasts of the field.  We have already seen that the Serpent Lilith must have been summoned at this time, and that Adam must have given her a name.  Adam’s naming of the creatures demonstrated his mastery and lordship over them.  Thus, Adam’s naming of Lilith would denote an act of mastery over her.  We could certainly expect Lilith’s utter rebellion at this point, for she would not submit to the man by her demonic nature.  In her utter rebellion, she became physically transformed into a winged creature.  Indeed, after this point the Bible refers to Lilith as the winged Serpent fleeing before God.  At this point reconciliation with Adam is impossible, and thus Eve is made in the immediately following verses. 

Why did God wait until this moment of utter rebellion by Lilith to replace her with Eve?  Like Lucifer, Lilith had the right to choose her destiny.  Even though she was defiled by the mist, God blessed her and told her to multiply with the man and fill the earth (Ge 1:28).  The man was given ascendancy over the woman, but through Adam, she could inherit God’s blessings.  Even though God knew Lilith would ultimately rebel against Adam, God waited for her actual utter rebellion to take place before judging her for it.  By his holy and just nature, God does not punish the sinner before the sin.  After Lilith’s irreversible rebellion, God took the step of creating her replacement, Eve.  Note that this theory implies that before Lilith’s utter rebellion at this point, she was in a defiant, yet not wholly rebellious state (at least from Adam’s perspective).  This is consistent with the Lilith legend, which states she repeatedly refused Adam before finally transforming herself at one fateful encounter by uttering the holy name of Jehovah.