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Genesis 3:6-8 meaning

Verses covered in this passage:

  • Genesis 3:6
  • Genesis 3:7
  • Genesis 3:8

The woman ate the forbidden fruit and also gave it to her husband. They recognized what they had done and hid from God.

Eve was deceived by the serpent, then she gave into temptation and took the fruit and ate it, and then she gave some to Adam. In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul reiterates that it was Eve who was deceived by the serpent: And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression (1 Timothy 2:14). The text here says that Adam was with her. This seems to indicate that Adam was watching this scene transpire and did nothing to intervene. Since he was not deceived, this would indicate that he knew Eve was sinning and did nothing to try to persuade her counter to the serpent. Adam is credited with sin entering the world (Romans 5:12). Perhaps it is because he sinned deliberately. However, it is clear that both Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God.

Eve’s desire to become God-like and her delight in the fruit trumped God’s command. She saw that it was desirable to make her wise and it looked good to eat. Both she and Adam ate the fruit, but Satan’s promise of divine enlightenment was a lie. They did receive a knowledge of good and evil, but not the same knowledge as God. The knowledge of good and evil did not make them like God, it made them ashamed. Adam and Eve felt shame and tried to cover it by making clothes and hiding from God. Instead of going to God and telling him what they had done, the two hid when God came to them.

In Genesis 3:7-8, mankind moved from the innocence of the garden to understanding sin and shame.

Biblical Text

6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. 8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

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