Genesis 3:17

“And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And vnto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened vnto the voyce of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commaunded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eate of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake: in sorow shalt thou eate of it all the dayes of thy life.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then to Adam He said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat from it'; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in toil shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And to Adam he said, Because you gave ear to the voice of your wife and took of the fruit of the tree which I said you were not to take, the earth is cursed on your account; in pain you will get your food from it all your life.
- Basic English Bible

And to Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed be the ground on thy account; with toil shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life;
- Darby Bible

And to Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
- Webster's Bible

To Adam he said, "Because you have listened to your wife's voice, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground for your sake. In toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.
- World English Bible

And to the man He said, `Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and dost eat of the tree concerning which I have charged thee, saying, Thou dost not eat of it, cursed [is] the ground on thine account; in sorrow thou dost eat of it all days of thy life,
- Youngs Literal Bible

And unto Adam He said: 'Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying: Thou shalt not eat of it; cursed is the ground for thy sake; in toil shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 3:17


3:17 Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife - He excused the fault, by laying it on his wife, but God doth not admit the excuse; tho' it was her fault to persuade him to eat it, it was his fault to hearken to her. Cursed is the ground for thy sake - And the effect of that curse is, Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth unto thee - The ground or earth, by the sin of man, is made subject to vanity, the several parts of it being not so serviceable to man's comfort and happiness, as they were when they were made. Fruitfulness was its blessing for man's service, #Ge 1:11 |- 29, and now barrenness was its curse for man's punishment.


Discussion for Genesis 3

  • A disciple
    AMEN Jeff; It was a real species of fruit tree! What was in the fruits had power to give knowledge of good and evil; just like the tree of life's fruits have power to give eternal life to the one who eats it. God has always very good and wise reasons for the commandments He gives us, and expects us to keep them that it may be well with us. Deliberate defiance to God's guidance is to self destruct.
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 6:16 THESE SIX THINGS DOTH THE LORD HATE YEA SEVEN ARE AN ABOMINATION UNTO HIM --6:17-- A PROUD LOOK A LYING TONGUE AND HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD --6:18-- AN HEART THAT DEVISETH WICKED IMMAGINATIONS FEET THAT BE SWIFT IN RUNNING TO MISCHIEF --45:19-- A FALSE WITNESS THAT SPEAKETH LIES AND HE THAT SOWETH DISCORD AMONG BRETHREN
  • Steve morrow
    ISAIAH 45:6 THAT THEY MAY KNOW FROM THE RISING OF THE SUN AND FROM THE WEST THAT THERE IS NONE BESIDE ME --- I AM THE LORD --- AND THERE IS NONE ELSE --45:7-- I FORM THE LIGHT AND CREATE DARKNESS I MAKE PEACE --- AND CREATE EVIL --- I THE LORD DO ALL THESE THINGS
  • Jeff Berry
    It is the tree of "KNOWLEDGE of good and evil". It was forbidden. To eat of it was to expierence disobeying God. Out of love He wanted us to choose obedience. Choose Him. God did not create evil. He allows it to give us a choice. For this reason, evil will exist until the end of time.
  • Celia W.
    so it looks to me like God created the subtil serpent (which a lot of Christian mistake for satan)
    God also is the one that CREATED the tree of good and evil so does that mean evil came from God and not any one else?
  • 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

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