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

  • Jim
    Adam was perfect, he knew what he was about to do, why because he had a perfect love for Eve, the only way to save her was to die with her and have children to bring forth the Christ child. read 1 timothy 2:15.
  • Jim
    Adam was not deceived but Eve was deceived. Please read 1 Timothy 2:14
  • A disciple
    Jimmy; you may be mixing up some other part of Scripture here. The exact words which God spoke are: "Who told you that you are naked? Have you eaten from the tree which I TOLD YOU NOT TO EAT?" That is DISOBEDIENCE! Not unbelief! And to make it even more to the point; Adam's reaction to shame for his sin means that he knew he had done wrong and wanted to hide it from God, and blamed the woman.
  • Jimmy a disciple of Jesus
    it wasnt the act of disobedience that was sin...it was the act of unbelief..God said you will surely die and the serpent said they wouldnt and she believed the serpent over God thus it was unbelief that is the sin..all sin derives from unbelief...the first sin and the sin nature that was passed down to us all...unbelief!!
  • Israel
    What a tragedy the fall of man, man lost his inheritance and dominion to the devil; man died spiritually as God said the day that you eat of that fruit you will surely die. The good news is that Christ has reconciled us back to God and has committed to us the ministry of reconciliation, glory be to God forever and ever Amen!
  • ENCOURAGER
    THE DEATH HERE WAS NOT AN IMMEDIATE PHYSCIAL DEATH BUT A SPIRITUAL DEATH. THEY WERE INNOCENT UNTIL THE TOXIC CONVERSATION WITH THE DEVIL TOOK PLACE. THERE WAS NO DEATH UNTIL AFTER THE SIN OF DISOBEDIENCE. IT DID NOT SAY THAT THEY WOULD DIE IMMEDIATELY. SIN IS DEATH WITHIN US. SIN IS THE REASON THAT WE NEEDED A SAVIOR. THE DEVIL WAS CURSED AFTER THE SIN AND SO WAS ADAM AND EVE.

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