Genesis 3:24

“So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

So he droue out the man: and he placed at the East of the garden of Eden, Cherubims, and a flaming sword, which turned euery way, to keepe the way of the tree of life.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden the Cherubim, and the flame of a sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So he sent the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden he put winged ones and a flaming sword turning every way to keep the way to the tree of life.
- Basic English Bible

And he drove out Man; and he set the Cherubim, and the flame of the flashing sword, toward the east of the garden of Eden, to guard the way to the tree of life.
- Darby Bible

So he drove out the man: and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
- Webster's Bible

So he drove out the man; and he placed Cherubs at the east of the garden of Eden, and the flame of a sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
- World English Bible

yea, he casteth out the man, and causeth to dwell at the east of the garden of Eden the cherubs and the flame of the sword which is turning itself round to guard the way of the tree of life.
- Youngs Literal Bible

So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden the cherubim, and the flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way to the tree of life.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 3:24


3:24 God drove him out - This signified the exclusion of him and his guilty race from that communion with God which was the bliss and glory of paradise. But whether did he send him when he turned him out of Eden? He might justly have chased him out of the world, #Job 18:18|, but he only chased him out of the garden: he might justly have cast him down to hell, as the angels that sinned were, when they were shut out from the heavenly paradise, #2Pe 2:4|, but man was only sent to till the ground out of which he was taken. He was only sent to a place of toil, not to a place of torment. He was sent to the ground, not to the grave; to the work - house, not to the dungeon, not to the prison - house; to hold the plough, not to drag the chain: his tilling the ground would be recompensed by his eating its fruits; and his converse with the earth, whence he was taken, was improveable to good purposes, to keep him humble, and to mind him of his latter end. Observe then, That though our first parents were excluded from the privileges of their state of innocency, yet they were not abandoned to despair; God's thoughts of love designing them for a second state of probation upon new terms. And he placed at the east of the garden of Eden, a detachment of cherubim, armed with a dreadful and irresistible power, represented by flaming swords which turned every way, on that side the garden which lay next to the place whither Adam was sent, to keep the way that led to the tree of life.


Discussion for Genesis 3

  • A disciple
    Robert; It is forbidden for men to add to or change or take away from the Word of God! You are saying things out of your own imagination, or are listening to false teachers; but whatever the case, they are NOT what the Scripture says! The LORD God said, Thou shalt NOT! For in the day you eat thereof YOU SHALL SURELY DIE! Not, Well, maybe later; but, THOU SHALT NOT! That's how sin deceives!
  • ROBERT
    GOD put those two trees so that at the appointed time Adam and Eve were to eat from its fruits, and they did eat before the appointed time... 1.the tree of life was suppose to be eaten and they live forever, that's what GOD wanted 2. As for the tree of knowledge of good and evil was to be taken by Adam to Judge satan later in the course of his life. that is the main reason why GOD put those trees.
  • A disciple
    Jeff; that is such an important point, and what all history and the whole need of our redemption hinges upon. Have you also wondered why the man and his wife were not killed outright upon their disobedience? Look closely at the Trial and Proceedings: God heard the testimony of the man and his wife of what all happened, and God judged the devil; pronouncing his eternal doom by the coming of Christ.
  • Jeff Berry
    Adam's death that day was spiritual. He also began to die physically. Blessings!
  • Russell fleenor
    But God said that the day they eat of the tree they will surely die but they didn't die, they ate and what the serpent said was correct, they didn't die and they knew good and evil.
  • Welcome
    How great is our God amen.

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