A big debate among those who take the Bible and Creation literally and those who do not has risen among an apparent contradiction between the creation account in Genesis 1 and a supposedly different order in the account of Genesis 2. This is a common misinterpretation. Genesis 1 is an account of the full week of creation, Genesis 2 a closer look at day six.
The big debate centers around Gen. 2:19 that says in the KJV – “And out of the ground the Lord formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam”, the NIV states “Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground…” The argument is around the English translation of the verb ‘form’. This is a problem any translation runs into. It does not mean it is incorrect. Luckily we have over 5000 ancient manuscripts in which we can compare to, and the overall consensus is that the verb ‘form’ should be in the past tense in this sentence as it is in the NIV and as Tyndale used it (which predated the KJV).
The other supposed contradiction has to do with vegetation. Genesis 1:11 says God created vegetation on the third day. Genesis 2:5 states that prior to man “no plant of the field had yet sprung up”. Again, the Hebrew words for ‘vegetation’ are different in the two instances. Genesis 1 uses a general term for ‘vegetation’. Genesis 2 uses a more specific term that refers to agriculture requiring a gardener.
Genesis 2 never claims to be a chronological account. It is a closer look into the details of the items already laid out in Genesis 1. There is no contradiction.