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Genesis 3

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1The serpent was more cunning than any of the other wild animals that the Lord God had made. He asked Eve, “Did God really say that you can't eat fruit from every#3:1. “Every”: the word could also be translated “any,” however this would then mean that the serpent was suggesting that God had told Adam and Eve not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden, which seems less likely. tree in the garden?”
2Eve replied to the serpent, “We can eat from the trees in the garden, but not the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden. 3God told us, ‘You mustn't eat from that tree, or even touch it, otherwise you'll die.’”#3:3. “Otherwise you'll die.” The word used for “otherwise,” can indicate a possibility of something happening, rather than absolute certainty. So the phrase could be translated, “otherwise you might die,” a difference from God's clear prohibition, also claiming that God had said the fruit was not to be touched.
4“You certainly won't die,” the serpent told Eve. 5“It's because God knows that as soon as you eat it, you'll see things differently, and you'll be like God, knowing both what is good and what is evil.”
6Eve saw that the fruit of the tree appeared good to eat. It looked very attractive. She really wanted it so she could become wise. So she took some of its fruit and ate it, and she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it too. 7Immediately they saw everything differently and realized they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves up.
8Later they heard the Lord walking in the garden in the evening when the breeze was blowing. Adam and Eve went and hid out of sight of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
9The Lord God called out to Adam, “Where are you?”
10“I heard you walking in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid,” he replied.
11“Who told you that you were naked?” asked the Lord God. “Did you eat fruit from the tree I ordered you not to?”
12“It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit from the tree, and I ate it,” Adam replied.
13The Lord God asked Eve, “Why have you done this?”
“The serpent tricked me, and so I ate it,” she replied.
14Then the Lord God told the serpent, “Because of what you've done, you are cursed more than any of the other animals. You will slide along on your belly and eat dust as long as you live. 15I will make sure you and your children, and the woman and her children, are enemies. One of her children will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
16He told Eve, “I will make pregnancy much more difficult, and giving birth will be very painful. However, you will still desire your husband, but he will have control over you.”#3:16. “But he will have control over you” or “and he will also desire you.”
17He told Adam, “Because you did#3:17. “Did”: the word is “listened to,” but not in the sense of only hearing something. It means acting on what has been heard, obeying. what your wife told you, and ate fruit from the tree after I ordered you, ‘Don't eat fruit from this tree,’ the ground is now cursed because of you. You will have to work painfully hard to grow food from it throughout your whole life. 18It will grow thorns and thistles for you, and you will have to eat wild plants.#3:18. Plants were originally allocated to the animals. See 1:30. 19You will have to sweat to grow enough food to eat until you die and return to the ground. For you were made from dust and you will return to dust.”
20Adam named his wife Eve, because she was to be the mother of all human beings. 21The Lord God made Adam and Eve clothes from animal skins and dressed them.
22Then the Lord God observed, “Look, the human beings#3:22. “The human beings”: literally, “the man,” but this must be understood inclusively since Eve had also fallen. have become like one of us, knowing both what is good and what is evil. Now if they take the fruit from the tree of life and eat it, then they'll live forever!” 23So the Lord God expelled them from the Garden of Eden. He sent Adam to cultivate the ground from which he'd been made. 24After he drove them out, the Lord God placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden angels and a sword that flashed in every direction. They were to prevent access to the tree of life.
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The Fall
1#2Co 11:3; Rev 12:9Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God said, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?”
2And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit from the trees of the garden; 3but from the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You will not eat of it, nor will you touch it, or else you will die.’ ”
4#Jn 8:44; 2Co 11:3; Ge 3:13Then the serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5#Eze 28:2; Ge 2:17For God knows that on the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6#1Ti 2:14; 1Jn 2:16When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasing to the eyes and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7#Ge 2:25; 3:5Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
8#Job 31:33; Ps 139:1–12Then they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9#Ge 4:9The Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
10#Ge 2:25; 3:7He said, “I heard Your voice in the garden and was afraid because I was naked, so I hid myself.”
11And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
12#Job 31:33; Ge 2:18The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”
13#2Co 11:3; 1Ti 2:14Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What have you done?”
And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14#Isa 65:25; Mic 7:17The Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this,
You are cursed above all livestock,
and above every beast of the field;
you will go on your belly,
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15#Ro 16:20; Isa 7:14 I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he will bruise your head,
and you will bruise his heel.”
16#1Co 11:3; 14:34To the woman He said,
“I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth,
and in pain you will bring forth children;
your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”
17#Ge 5:29; Ro 8:20–22And to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it,’
Cursed is the ground on account of you;
in hard labor you will eat of it
all the days of your life.
18Thorns and thistles it will bring forth for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19#Ps 104:29; Ge 2:7; Ecc 12:7 By the sweat of your face
you will eat bread
until you return to the ground,
because out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust you will return.”
20#Ge 2:20; 2:23The man called his wife’s name Eve because she was the mother of all the living.
21The Lord God made garments of skins for both Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22#Ge 1:26; 2:9The Lord God said, “The man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. And now, he might reach out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23#Ge 2:5; 4:2therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. 24#Heb 1:7; Ps 104:4; Ex 25:18–22He drove the man out, and at the east of the garden of Eden He placed the cherubim and a flaming sword which turned in every direction, to guard the way to the tree of life.