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Genesis 3

1 - Now the serpent was more subtle than any animal of the field which the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Has God really said, 'You shall not eat of any tree of the garden?'"

2 - The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees of the garden,

3 - but not the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God has said, 'You shall not eat of it. You shall not touch it, lest you die.'"

4 - The serpent said to the woman, "You won't really die,

5 - for God knows that in the day you eat it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

6 - When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took some of its fruit, and ate; and she gave some to her husband with her, and he ate it, too.

7 - Their eyes were opened, and they both knew that they were naked. They sewed fig leaves together, and made coverings for themselves.

8 - They heard the LORD God's voice 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 - The LORD God called to the man, and said to him, "Where are you?"

10 - The man said, "I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself."

11 - God said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"

12 - The man said, "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate it."

13 - The LORD God said to the woman, "What have you done?"The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

14 - The LORD God said to the serpent,"Because you have done this,you are cursed above all livestock,and above every animal of the field.You shall go on your bellyand you shall eat dust all the days of your life.

15 - I will put hostility between you and the woman,and between your offspring and her offspring.He will bruise your head,and you will bruise his heel."

16 - To the woman he said,"I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth.In pain you will bear children.Your desire will be for your husband,and he will rule over you."

17 - To Adam he said,"Because you have listened to your wife's voice,and ate from the tree,about which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it,'the ground is cursed for your sake.You will eat from it with much labor all the days of your life.

18 - It will yield thorns and thistles to you;and you will eat the herb of the field.

19 - By the sweat of your face will you eat bread until you return to the ground,for out of it you were taken.For you are dust,and to dust you shall return."

20 - The man called his wife Eve because she would be the mother of all the living.

21 - The LORD God made coats of animal skins for Adam and for his wife, and clothed them.

22 - The LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand, and also take of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever-"

23 - Therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken.

24 - So he drove out the man; and he placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.Ezekiel 10.

Genesis 3 Images and Notes

Brief Summary: The serpent appears in the Garden of Eden and seduces Eve into partaking of the forbidden fruit. Adam who was with her also partook, and sin entered the world. God pronounced curses on the three of them. Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden, and the LORD placed Cherubim on the East side of the Garden of Eden with a flaming sword to guard the way to the tree of life.

Detailed Summary: The serpent comes and subtly speaks to the woman about they are allowed to eat. He then questions God and promises her that if she eats she will not die but she will be like God. She looked at the fruit and chose to eat. Adam who was with her also ate. They covered themselves with aprons made from sewn fig leaves. When they heard the LORD they hid themselves. God called Adam and questioned him, and he blamed the woman, and when God asked the woman she blamed the serpent. The LORD pronounced a curse on each of them beginning with the serpent. The serpent was cursed above all cattle, and be cast to the ground on his belly. Then the amazing prophecy of Satan's defeat through the death of Christ, he will bruise your head and you will bruise his heel. To the woman the LORD said that he would multiply her pain in childbirth and that the man would rule over her. To the man he said that the ground would be cursed with thorns and thistles and man would have to work by the sweat of his brow to eat bread. He concluded by saying that from dust you came and from dust you shall return. Adam named his wife Eve since she was the mother of all living, and the LORD made coat from an animal sacrifice to cover their nakedness. The LORD also cast them from the garden and placed the cherubim with a flaming sword that turned every way at the east end to guard the way to the tree of life.

Who is Mentioned: God, Satan, Adam, and Eve.

Key Concept: Sin and death enter the human race (Genesis 3:6)

Key Verse: Genesis 3:15 reveals that death will be conquered by the seed of the woman.

Map of The Supposed Location of the Garden of Eden
The Supposed Location of the Garden of Eden

Archaeology Note - Tree of Life Relief
8th Century BC bone handle carvingfrom the site of ancient Hazor,  depicting the tree of life, a date palm.
8th Century BC An ancient handle made of bone with carvings. It was from the site of ancient Hazor, depicting the tree of life, a date palm. [Archaeology Note]

Important Related Verses:
Study Bible Icon Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned
Study Bible Icon 1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit.
Study Bible Icon 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 But now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man [came] death, by man [came] also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
Study Bible Icon Luke 4:5-8 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Study Bible Icon John 8:44 Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Study Bible Icon Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Study Bible Icon Revelation 12:12 Therefore rejoice, [ye] heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Study Bible Icon Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Interesting Notes:
Study Bible Icon The serpent (Hebrew nachash) means poisoner.
Study Bible Icon The serpent stood upright before the curse had cast him to his belly.
Study Bible Icon The Bible does not reveal what kind of fruit was forbidden.
Study Bible Icon Adam was with her when she was deceived.
Study Bible Icon Adam chose to sin bringing death unto all mankind
Study Bible Icon Adam as a type of Christ died for his bride
Study Bible Icon When Jesus was tempted the devil said all kingdoms (dominion) were handed to him and he could give them to whomever he chose. Adam handed the crown to Satan.
Study Bible Icon The LORD covered their nakedness with a blood sacrifice. Now only by the blood of an animal sacrifice can man approach the LORD in fellowship.
Study Bible Icon The LORD made coats from one skin, the Hebrew for skin is singular.
Study Bible Icon The LORD said Behold, the man is become as one of us, implying the trinity.
Study Bible Icon The Cherubim had four faces according to the vision of Ezekiel.

Quick Reference Map
Quick Reference Map of the Supposed Location of the Garden of Eden
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Chart showing the number of years from the creation of the world to the great flood (deluge).

Image of the Cherubim with 4 Faces
Image of the Cherubim with four faces: lion, eagle, ox, and man according to the vision of the prophet Ezekiel.

 

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Genesis Resources

Creation
Adam and Eve
The Flood
The Tower of Babel
Abraham the First Hebrew
Isaac, Son of Promise
Jacob and the 12 Tribes
Joseph and Egypt