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Genesis 3

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1Now 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.

Then 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 amongst 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; so 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 belly and 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.”

16To the woman he said, “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth. You will bear children in pain. 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 labour 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 You will eat bread by the sweat of your face until you return to the ground, for you were taken out of it. For you are dust, and you shall return to dust.”

20 The man called his wife Eve because she would be the mother of all the living. 21 The LORD God made garments 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.
 
 

Genesis 3

World English Bible British/ International Spelling Edition (WEBPB) 


1Now 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’?"

Genesis 3

World English Bible British/ International Spelling Edition (WEBPB) 


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.’ ”

Genesis 3

World English Bible British/ International Spelling Edition (WEBPB) 


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.”

Genesis 3

World English Bible British/ International Spelling Edition (WEBPB) 



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.

Genesis 3

World English Bible British/ International Spelling Edition (WEBPB) 


Then she gave some to her husband with her, and he ate it, too.

Genesis 3

World English Bible British/ International Spelling Edition (WEBPB) 


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

Genesis 3

World English Bible British/ International Spelling Edition (WEBPB) 


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 amongst the trees of the garden.

Genesis 3

World English Bible British/ International Spelling Edition (WEBPB) 


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; so 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?”

Genesis 3

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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.”

Genesis 3

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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 belly and 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.”

Genesis 3

World English Bible British/ International Spelling Edition (WEBPB) 


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

Genesis 3

World English Bible British/ International Spelling Edition (WEBPB) 


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 labour 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 You will eat bread by the sweat of your face until you return to the ground, for you were taken out of it. For you are dust, and you shall return to dust.”

Genesis 3

World English Bible British/ International Spelling Edition (WEBPB) 


20 The man called his wife Eve because she would be the mother of all the living. 21 The LORD God made garments of animal skins for Adam and for his wife, and clothed them.

Genesis 3

World English Bible British/ International Spelling Edition (WEBPB) 


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—”

Genesis 3

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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.
 

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Are you wondering…

1. Why do you think that Adam did not stop Eve?

 

The scriptures say that Adam “was with her” (verse 6). So he must have overheard the entire conversation between Eve and the serpent. Why did he not stop Eve from eating the fruit? Was it because she was afraid to offend Eve? If that was so, he would not have so readily ate it too. So what do you think? Do you think Adam believe the serpent’s words as well? Do you think Adam believe that God loves him and will not withhold any good thing from him? Read more…

 

2. What do you think is the root cause of Eve's giving in to temptation?

 

Was it because she was not strong in her will? Was it because she could not resist eating the beautiful and delicious fruit? If that being the case, why had she not given in to temptation even before the serpent came to her?

Do you think, if she had known the character of God, that God would not withhold any good thing from her. In fact, in God’s creation, all the food and the entire universe was formed just to suit mankind and made for human beings to live comfortably — food and delicious good food. Do you think, if Eve had believed that God is good and God loved her and will not withhold any good thing from her, will she had believed the serpent that God is actually preventing her from being wise? Read more..

 

3. Do you think God still love Adam and Eve when they sin?

 

Genesis 3:21 stated that “And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.” Do you think the Lord God still love Adam and Eve despite their disbelief and disobedience?

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Does God know when Adam and Eve sin?

 

n verse 9, the Lord God asked, “Where are you?” and in verse 11 “Who told you that you are naked?”. Seems like the Lord God had no knowledge of what had happened. Do you think so? I do not think so. The Lord God knows everything that had happened. In fact, in the next story on Genesis Chapter 4, about Cain murdering Abel, the Lord God asked Cain where was Abel. Even though Cain denied knowing where was Abel, the Lord God revealed that He knew Cain had murdered Abel. So why did the Lord God ask? I believe it is because the Lord God loves Adam and Eve even though when they did the worst wrong. He want Adam and Eve to open up to him, to communicate to Him. The Lord God came to look for Adam and Eve even though He knew they were hiding.

 

5. Why does God make the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?

 

I asked this question when I was a child. I do not think anyone has the absolutely right answer except God. However, after walking with the Lord God through many things in life, I believe, the Lord God make everything, good or bad, for a purpose. It is just like, bacteria is bad but God make them because they are needed to decompose dead bodies. Locusts destroy crops but God make them. Opium is bad but God make them. We would not want to consume bad bacteria nor get addicted to opium. So we have to make the decision to ensure that our food is clean and not contaminated with bad bacteria and make the decision not to smoke opium. Similarly, Adam and Eve has to  make the decision to believe that God will not withhold any good thing from them. They had to believe that if God told them not to do something it must be for their good and not to harm them. It is not about choosing to love and obey God. It is about choosing to believe that God loved them.

 

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