Verse Studies in Genesis 3

Verse Studies in Genesis 3

My church’s Sunday school class has been studying Genesis recently. A few verses at a time, but it allows for a deeper study than simply, God created the earth and it was good.
We recently reached chapter 4 in Genesis, and I have been learning new things every week.

Such as the Bible says in Genesis 3:16A (KJV), “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children….” To me, and the way other verses translated it, it meant that labor and childbirth will be painful. So those women who were blessed enough to have quick, relatively pain-free labors got off easy, right? This isn’t the case though. According to my Sunday school teacher, this means that raising the children will be cause of pain as well. It makes sense to me, as a Mom worries about her children. The grown child who is making bad decisions, the one you spend hours and hours in prayer for, crying for, and hoping that God will eventually answer those prayers—by drawing the child to Him. The child leaving home for the first time and getting an apartment or going to college. The baby starting to school and someone else being the primary caregiver during the day… Or during summer time play, the child falling and breaking an arm or leg. We all worry. And when the phone call comes that every mom dreads “Mom, I’ve been in a car accident….” The very first question out of a mom’s mouth is “Are you all right?” even though we just heard our child’s voice. We need to know. This is a result of this verse. The pain and worry that we as mothers feel for our children.

Another thing I learned recently is Genesis 3:17B (KJV) “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.” Like many women, I am trying to grow vegetables in my garden. I never realized that this verse meant that the weeds that I continuously battle are a result of this curse. Adam previously had been told to tend to the plants—and pick what he wanted to eat. Now it’s difficult work for some of us (I don’t have a green thumb) to even get a tomato to grow. My squash is doing great though…. Anyone need some zucchini?

It seems every time I read the Bible and start studying it in deep detail I learn something new. I’ve enjoyed learning these new truths from the Bible study in Genesis we’re doing.

Have you learned something new in your Bible study or in a Bible class you attend?

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Laura Hilton About Laura Hilton

Laura Hilton lives and writes in Arkansas, surrounded by her husband and five children. The author of inspirational novels about the Amish, she is also a book reviewer. Find Laura online at: her blog or Facebook page.


  1. Thanks for sharing this, Laura!

    I’m always surprised at the things I pick up in Bible study, even after reading something for the 50th time. There are depth in those words that go beyond our initial understanding sometimes. Other times, the things we’ve gone through now give those words different meaning to us.


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