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 3:16

  • Verdell L Jones for verse 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. Most people automatically think that Eve experienced her pain from childbearubg. Unfortunately, labor pains was the least of Eve 's worries. Her sorrow was being removed from the garden of Eden and being separated from her father. God also, told Eve he was going to multipy her conception having many children . In sorrow you will bring forth children... I think this is where everyone has the misconception of labor pains... Because of her disobedience Eve lost rwo sons.... one a murderer Cain and the other his victim Abel which he became a fugitive. Can you imagine Eve having to live with the decision she made. Athough Eve had other children she realize she made a terrible mistake and she had to live with it. When God told Eve her desire will be with the husband and he shall rule over you.... When God created Eve... he created her as he help meet. A woman place in a marriage is for her to help her husband meet the expectation God have of him. God was simply telling Eve her place in her marriage....
  • Bro ronald sam for verse 16
    Gods covenant for a woman
  • Jermaine for verse 16
    whatever God says is law
  • I remember a documentary I saw by some lady Elizabeth cannot remember the Surname She said the word for Virgin and Young girl was the same in ancient Aramaic Could it be the translators of the text decided on the former meaning as it suited their agenda more I know in Slavic the word for wife and woman is the same word Zena and it s interesting that the Turkish word for Harem is Zenana Genesis tells us of the Sons of God finding daughters of of Man attractive and breeding with them Are they fallen Angels I m still confused by Nephilim who were on Earth at the time Genesis also says the pain of birth will be greater after this Is this due to inbreeding with a species with a larger brain I gave birth twice and I know the most painful part of birthing is the size of the human brain Before the Sons of God came into the daughters of men maybe humans were Neanderthal and given the brain size child bearing was less painful I still have no idea who the Nephilim were
  • A L Harrison for verse 16
    the word of GOd is right from the begining to the end. If GOD said that the husband should rule over his wife, then it is just what it is. The word says also that the husband should rule his wife as christ ruled and rules the church. To know your job as a husband, find out about christ and his job as savior.
  • It's verses like this that make me know the Bible is true. There's no way someone would think to make up such random explanations, like a woman believing a lie, getting caught, then women will be cursed the rest of her life in childbearing. Fast forward to today and what do you know, women have massive, almost unnatural pain in childbirth- very inconsistent with the rest of the animal kingdom, which does not experience that level of pain. Those animals are operating as originally designed, with no pain. How would an atheist explain such coincidences that align with a 2,000 - 3,000 year old writing (the Bible) that explains life so well? And some snakes have visible places on their body where legs used to be- that also fits the scripture precisely. And knowledge of good and evil tied to nakedness. There's no way someone could make something like this up and have everything described be so true and accurate today.

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