Genesis 3:19

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

In the sweate of thy face shalt thou eate bread, till thou returne vnto the ground: for out of it wast thou taken, for dust thou art, and vnto dust shalt thou returne.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

With the hard work of your hands you will get your bread till you go back to the earth from which you were taken: for dust you are and to the dust you will go back.
- Basic English Bible

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, until thou return to the ground: for out of it wast thou taken. For dust thou art; and unto dust shalt thou return.
- Darby Bible

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou shalt return to the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and to dust shalt thou return.
- Webster's Bible

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."
- World English Bible

by the sweat of thy face thou dost eat bread till thy return unto the ground, for out of it hast thou been taken, for dust thou [art], and unto dust thou turnest back.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

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.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 3:19


3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread - His business before he sinned was a constant pleasure to him; but now his labour shall be a weariness. Unto dust shalt thou return - Thy body shall be forsaken by thy soul, and become itself a lump of dust, and then it shall be lodged in the grave, and mingle with the dust of the earth.


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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