Genesis 3:16

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorowe and thy conception. In sorow thou shalt bring forth children: and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and hee shall rule ouer thee.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

To the woman He said, "I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy pain and thy conception; in pain thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
- American Standard Version (1901)

To the woman he said, Great will be your pain in childbirth; in sorrow will your children come to birth; still your desire will be for your husband, but he will be your master.
- Basic English Bible

To the woman he said, I will greatly increase thy travail and thy pregnancy; with pain thou shalt bear children; and to thy husband shall be thy desire, and he shall rule over thee.
- Darby Bible

To 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.
- Webster's Bible

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

Unto the woman He said, `Multiplying I multiply thy sorrow and thy conception, in sorrow dost thou bear children, and toward thy husband [is] thy desire, and he doth rule over thee.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Unto the woman He said: 'I will greatly multiply thy pain and thy travail; in pain thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 3:16


3:16 We have here the sentence past upon the woman; she is condemned to a state of sorrow and a state of subjection: proper punishments of a sin in which she had gratified her pleasure and her pride. She is here put into a state of sorrow; one particular of which only is instanced in, that in bringing forth children, but it includes all those impressions of grief and fear which the mind of that tender sex is most apt to receive, and all the common calamities which they are liable to. It is God that multiplies our sorrows, I will do it: God, as a righteous Judge, doth it, which ought to silence us under all our sorrows; as many as they are we have deserved them all, and more: nay, God as a tender Father doth it for our necessary correction, that we may be humbled for sin, and weaned from it. She is here put into a state of subjection: the whole sex, which by creation was equal with man, is for sin made inferior.


Discussion for Genesis 3

  • Apelu
    This story may be real or allegorical. Either way, it shows the danger of isolation (Eve being alone) and of engaging with the devil (the serpent more subtil). It shows man's propensity to blame the woman and the woman's propensity to be beguiled. It also shows there is consequence to sin and there is mercy with God.

    Before sin, apparently mankind could communicate with animals or with the devil!
  • Christos
    1, to Yous Rasiel,,,Studying The kabbala as you advise is a search for the very thing Adam and Eve were Forbidden to have and were chased out of the garden of Eden to prevent man eating of it! , So it Must be a Sin!! As God did not allow us It in the first instance,!! 2, Susan it says skins, NOT animal skins , Perhaps he clothed us with our actual Skin , as before they were Naked,
  • Yous Rasiel
    To all of you in the discussion on the tree of life, read up on Kabbalah. That is not only the hebrew word for receive but also for tradition. It is the faith of Adam and Abraham, the original patriarchs of the faith. In that understanding of the word of God, the numerals are "blocks" and letters are "beams", which the tree of life is formed. Read Aryeh Kaplan's translation of Sefer Yetzirah.
  • Susan
    Seems like the animal skins for covering was the first animal sacrifice for sins.
    Also, the tree of Life would have been destroyed by the Flood when the entire world was covered with water.
  • JJ
    Chico,
    The tree of knowledge wasn't supernatural. It represented God's sovereignty like a king uses a crown or sceptre to symbolize their authority. This tree which was guarded by cherubs (Genesis 3:24) would have eventually withered away.
  • Chico
    3:22- so what happened to the tree of life? Does it still exist? Or did it go extinct with the dinosaurs? Plus, God says "became as one of us, to know good n evil" it is possible Eve didn't know the serpent was purposely trying to cause their downfall if the knowledge of evil didn't exist? And hence may not have been coerced over a period of time, as we assume?

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