Origin and Application:
The word “helpmate” is probably derived from the above biblical verse. Eve was created to be Adam’s helpful companion because God found that Adam was alone. Some English Bible versions translated the Hebrew word עֵזֶר (’ezer) as “helper”, some, “companion”. This is because the Hebrew word has several connotations. A literal translation for that Hebrew verse is “a helper against him”. The Hebrew word does not necessarily suggest a subordinate role, but in English “helper” does have this meaning. In the present day context, a helpmate is more aptly interpreted as someone valuable and indispensible.