Genesis 3:15

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And I will put enmitie betweene thee and the woman, and betweene thy seed and her seed: it shal bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heele.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And there will be war between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed: by him will your head be crushed and by you his foot will be wounded.
- Basic English Bible

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; he shall crush thy head, and thou shalt crush his heel.
- Darby Bible

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
- Webster's Bible

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel."
- World English Bible

and enmity I put between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; he doth bruise thee -- the head, and thou dost bruise him -- the heel.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; they shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise their heel.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 3:15


3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman - The inferior creatures being made for man, it was a curse upon any of them to be turned against man, and man against them. And this is part of the serpent's curse. A perpetual reproach is fastened upon him. Under the cover of the serpent he is here sentenced to be, (1.) Degraded and accursed of God. It is supposed, pride was the sin that turned angels into devils, which is here justly punished by a great variety of mortifications couched under the mean circumstances of a serpent, crawling on his belly, and licking the dust. (2.) Detested and abhorred of all mankind: even those that are really seduced into his interest, yet profess a hatred of him. (3.) Destroyed and ruined at last by the great Redeemer, signified by the bruising of his head; his subtle politics shall be all baffled, his usurped power entirely crushed. A perpetual quarrel is here commenced between the kingdom of God, and the kingdom of the devil among men; war proclaimed between the seed of the woman, and the seed of the serpent, #Rev 12:7|. It is the fruit of this enmity, (1.) That there is a continual conflict between God's people and him. Heaven and hell can never be reconciled, no more can Satan and a sanctified soul. (2.) That there is likewise a continual struggle between the wicked and the good. And all the malice of persecutors against the people of God is the fruit of this enmity, which will continue while there is a godly man on this side heaven, and a wicked man on this side hell. A gracious promise is here made of Christ as the deliverer of fallen man from the power of Satan. By faith in this promise, our first parents, and the patriarchs before the flood, were justified and saved; and to this promise, and the benefit of it, instantly serving God day and night they hoped to come. Notice is here given them of three things concerning Christ. (1.) His incarnation, that he should be the seed of the woman. (2.) His sufferings and death, pointed at in Satan's bruising his heel, that is, his human nature. (3.) His victory over Satan thereby. Satan had now trampled upon the woman, and insulted over her; but the seed of the woman should be raised up in the fulness of time to avenge her quarrel, and to trample upon him, to spoil him, to lead him captive, and to triumph over him, #Col 2:15|.


Discussion for Genesis 3

  • Jim
    Eve wasn't created yet when God told Adam about the tree of good and evil, the devil went for eve instead of adam.
  • Donna Cromb
    16, many women may have trouble understanding why God said the husband is to rule over the wife, but face it, God said it! Someone has to be the boss and make the final decision especially in marriage and family. Not all men were created with wisdom and understanding though, and neither were all women. Which means they had to work together and let God be in charge. Right?
  • A disciple
    Rene; you can be sure that there are multitudes of parents who have since likewise mourned over a son that went to the devil! Even though they turned aside after wickedness; this doesn't make them not their parents; but the wicked chooses to NOT be their son! It is a wonder to me that God is so good and self-controlled toward wicked men; something I really have great difficulty with myself doing!
  • A disciple
    Rene; You have to read it again; Cain was their first son. There's multitudes of real sons and daughters that are not mentioned in the genealogy, because there was a specific purpose in WHO is named; that is, the line of the LORD's Anointed. Cain knew full well what was right, and chose to have a wicked mind against God and the Saviour to come; so he willfully omitted all reference to Christ.
  • A disciple
    Hi Donna; you know the more we read the Word the more we will get; and that's the way the Lord raises us, first we are toddlers then we get a little bigger then we can go to kindergarten elementary school, etc. And when you think back when you were little how kids tried to guess (or lie) about things only grown ups know about? Jesus said, "I have MANY THINGS to say to you" but we have to GROW UP.
  • Rene from Gods Ambassage
    The reason Cain is not in Adam genealogy is because Cain is not Adams son. Eve did eat which is to say take in the fruit parah paw-raw' that which brings forth from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which symbolized Satan. Because she did this God said He was going to multiply her conception. God is talking about adding to her conception, her pregnancy.

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