Bible: Gen 3:8-24

The Judgment Oracles of God at the Fall

3:8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God moving about 1  in the orchard at the breezy time 2  of the day, and they hid 3  from the Lord God among the trees of the orchard. 3:9 But the Lord God called to 4  the man and said to him, “Where are you? 5  3:10 The man replied, 6 I heard you moving about 7  in the orchard, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.” 3:11 And the Lord God 8  said, “Who told you that you were naked? 9  Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? 10  3:12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave me, she gave 11  me some fruit 12  from the tree and I ate it.” 3:13 So the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this 13  you have done?” And the woman replied, “The serpent 14  tricked 15  me, and I ate.”

3:14 The Lord God said to the serpent, 16 

“Because you have done this,

cursed 17  are you above all the wild beasts

and all the living creatures of the field!

On your belly you will crawl 18 

and dust you will eat 19  all the days of your life.

3:15 And I will put hostility 20  between you and the woman

and between your offspring and her offspring; 21 

her offspring will attack 22  your head,

and 23  you 24  will attack her offspring’s heel.” 25 

3:16 To the woman he said,

I will greatly increase 26  your labor pains; 27 

with pain you will give birth to children.

You will want to control your husband, 28 

but he will dominate 29  you.”

3:17 But to Adam 30  he said,

Because you obeyed 31  your wife

and ate from the tree about which I commanded you,

‘You must not eat from it,’

cursed is the ground 32  thanks to you; 33 

in painful toil you will eat 34  of it all the days of your life.

3:18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,

but you will eat the grain 35  of the field.

3:19 By the sweat of your brow 36  you will eat food

until you return to the ground, 37 

for out of it you were taken;

for you are dust, and to dust you will return.” 38 

3:20 The man 39  named his wife Eve, 40  because 41  she was the mother of all the living. 42  3:21 The Lord God made garments from skin 43  for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. 3:22 And the Lord God said, “Now 44  that the man has become like one of us, 45  knowing 46  good and evil, he must not be allowed 47  to stretch out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 3:23 So the Lord God expelled him 48  from the orchard in Eden to cultivate the ground from which he had been taken. 3:24 When he drove 49  the man out, he placed on the eastern side 50  of the orchard in Eden angelic sentries 51  who used the flame of a whirling sword 52  to guard the way to the tree of life.

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