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

  • Sidonia david
    This a hard story to to explain but to n good create life food n away to live a good life,but because Satan's evilness drove them away from a wonderful life,the creation n things he s done for a greater life but Satan's has a way of making things real good that we drift away from the goodness of good n ruin our godly living to such evilness n loose out on what we were created to live in paradise
  • Rickson

    Thinking of he forbidden tree was this tree a apple or fig tree ?
  • A disciple
    BSP; Very well said! We have the Word of God in the Scriptures to know, to speak forth in faith, to stand on by His grace, against every wicked thought or desire of the flesh that seeks to take us away from Jesus! The temptation isn't the sin! And if when we are tempted, we "Take the kingdom of heaven by force and violence" over our own thoughts and passions, by standing on the Word, we will win!
  • BSP
    Verse 6: Eve did not control her thoughts and actions and this led to disastrous results. We must continue to put forth effort to control both our thoughts and actions so that we can make wise decisions that are pleasing to Jehovah God.
  • Bruce
    Tamara: Adam was not deceived, but The Woman being deceived was in The Transgression. 1Timothy 2:14
  • A disciple
    Tamara; Because of Adam's disobedience and hearkening to his wife over keeping the commandment of God, death passed to all men. The woman being deceived and drawing her husband away from innocence and into crime, was in the transgression; and so put all women under subjection to the rule and authority of their own husbands. Those who rebel against this are in disobedience rebellion against Christ.

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