We understand this from the word "sprout," which refers to God allowing the earth to produce plants through germination (sprouting).
The age of the earth has been a topic of debate among Christians over the last two centuries.
Several Christian ministries promote the idea that the earth is less than 10,000 years old, which they say comes from the Bible.
Again, God was playing farmer by planting the garden and letting it grow (Genesis 2:9).
Adam was placed into the garden "to work it and take care of it" (Genesis ).
Our English expression: "The dawning of an age" serves to illustrate this point.
The intended meaning of the word should be determined from the context.
The following is a summary of the biblical evidence presented on this website regarding the age of the earth.
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Plants spouted, grew to maturity, and produced seeds. However, the text clearly states that the (soulish) animals, including the wild animals (carnivores), cattle (herbivores) and "creeping things" (rodents? Then God created Adam, the first man (Genesis , 2:7).