16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Starting in verse 16, The Lord God follows the chain of sin. He has already chastised and punished the serpent. Now the woman, who was beguiled by the serpent, is also reprimanded and sentenced. No more living forever in innocence and plenty. The woman has tasted of sin and will pay for it. She now must answer to her husband and in pain give birth to his children.
Adam, who also broke the Lord’s commandment when he took the fruit from his wife and ate of it, is now stripped of the boundless fruits of Eden. The Lord tells him he must now produce through painful toil what he needs in order to live. His food will no longer be provided for him. He must now eat food grown by the “sweat of his brow.”
The Lord also reminds Adam that He fashioned him from dust and he will someday return to the ground from which he was taken. Back in verse 4 the serpent said, to the woman. 4 “You will not certainly die.” The Lord reminds us here that we MUST obey his instructions for He is sincere in every word.
- Betty Killebrew
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