Genesis 3

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English: American Standard Version

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1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which Jehovah God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of any tree of the garden?

2 And the woman said unto the serpent, Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat:

3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

5 for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.

6 And 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 to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat; and she gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat.

7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig-leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

8 And they heard the voice of Jehovah God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Jehovah God amongst the trees of the garden.

9 And Jehovah God called unto the man, and said unto him, Where art thou?

10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

13 And Jehovah God said unto the woman, What is this thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

14 And Jehovah God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, cursed art thou above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

15 and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy pain and thy conception; in pain thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

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 toil shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

18 thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

19 in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

20 And the man called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

21 And Jehovah God made for Adam and for his wife coats of skins, and clothed them.

22 And Jehovah God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever-

23 therefore Jehovah God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

24 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.

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Haupterklärung(en) aus den Werken Swedenborgs:

Arcana Coelestia 190, 191, 192, 193, 234, 235, 236, ...

Conjugial Love 353

Sacred Scripture 103

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 404

True Christian Religion 279, 504


Weitere Verweise Swedenborgs zu diesem Kapitel:

Arcana Coelestia 54, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 239, 455, 538, 550, 562, 565, 788, ...

Conjugial Love 132, 135, 156, 413, 444

Divine Providence 211, 275, 310, 313

Doctrine of the Lord 19

Sacred Scripture 97

Heaven and Hell 341

The Last Judgment (Continuation) 61, 62

True Christian Religion 48, 260, 380, 470, 498, 508, 606, ...


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 131, 277, 388, 412, 577, 581, 622, ...

Charity 204

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 25, 26, 29, 31, 33, 37, 38, ...

Spiritual Experiences 1341, 1960, 3315, 5089

Spiritual Experiences (Travel Diary) 4698

Marriage 48, 66

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Genesis 2:7, 8, 9, 17, 25, 4:2, 9, 5:5, 29, 12:18, 35:16

Joshua 7:21

1 Samuel 15:15, 21

1 Kings 13:18, 19

2 Kings 5:25

1 Chronicles 4:9

Job 5:7, 10:9, 31:33, 40

Psalms 72:9, 90:3, 103:14

Ecclesiastes 3:20

Isaiah 7:23, 24, 14:14, 26:17, 65:25

Jonah 1:10

Micah 7:17

Matthew 4:3

John 5:46, 8:44

Acts of the Apostles 17:26

Romans 5:12, 7:11, 8:20

1 Corinthians 11:3, 14:34, 15:21

2 Corinthians 11:3

2 Thessalonians 3:10

1 Timothy 2:14, 15

Hebrews 14, 6:8, 9:27

James 1:14, 15

1 John 2:16

Revelation 7, 12:9, 17, 16:15, 20:2

Word/Phrase Explanations

serpent
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subtle
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beast
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field
When we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...

jehovah god
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Jehovah
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God
According to the Writings, the Lord is love itself expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom -...

said
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

woman
'Virgin' and 'woman,' in the Word, signify the affection of good.

eat
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. When we...

tree
In general, plants in the Bible represent facts, thoughts and ideas – intellectual things. This makes sense: Plants are rooted in place, but can grow...

Garden
A garden and paradise signify intellect and wisdom.

fruit
In Zechariah 8:12, 'the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground her increase,' signifies that the spiritual affection of truth produces the good of...

midst
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touch
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die
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eyes
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knowing
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...

good
It seems rather circular to say that “good” in the Bible represents good, but in a general sense it’s true! The case is this: The...

saw
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...

food
To give food, as in Genesis 41:48, signifies to store up.

Make
'To make,' as in Hosea 8:11, refers to good. In the opposite sense it refers to evil. To make heaven, and earth, and the sea,...

one
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wise
At its heart, wisdom is love's imperative desire to take form. That's a tricky statement, but think of it this way: If you love someone,...

husband
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naked
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fig
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Leaves
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aprons
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heard
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Voice
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walking
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man
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wife
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called
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afraid
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go
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cursed
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cattle
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upon
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Belly
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Dust
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days
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life
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Put
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Seed
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bruise
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head
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Heel
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multiply
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Pain
'Pain' signifies repugnant things arising from interior falsities, because what is repugnant is painful.

bring
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children
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over
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.

adam
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ground
Is there any difference in meaning between “earth” and “ground”? At first it doesn’t seem so; both refer to the soil making up the land...

Thorns
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Herb
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Sweat
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face
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bread
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Eve
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mother
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Us
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hand
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.

Tree of life
'The tree of life,' as in Revelation 2:7, signifies the essential celestial, and in the highest sense, the Lord Himself, because everything celestial is from...

Sent
'Being sent' everywhere signifies, in an internal sense, going forth, as in John 17:8. In similar manner, it is said of the holy of the...

garden of eden
According to the Writings, “Eden” by itself means love, in most cases the love that comes from the Lord and our love for the Lord,...

Till the ground from whence he was taken
'To till the ground from whence he was taken,' as in Genesis 3:23, signifies becoming bodily as before regeneration.

Till the ground
'To till the ground,' as in Genesis 4:12, signifies cultivating division or heresy. 'A tiller of the ground' is someone without charity, but may be...

cherubim
A Cherub has as its first definition in the dictionary, “A winged heavenly creature.” Cherubim is the plural of cherub. In the Word, the words...

flame
Just as natural fire can be both comforting in keeping you warm or scary in burning down your house, so fire in the spiritual sense...

sword
The three words, sword, famine and pestilence, appear in a group in 26 different Bible verses. That's not an accident. Sword, famine and pestilence describe...

turned
Swedenborg says that the Lord is the sun of heaven, and like the natural sun of our world shines on everyone, good or evil. What...

Way
In John 14:6, 'the way is doctrine,' 'the truth' is every thing pertaining to doctrine, and 'the life' is the essential good which is the...

Way of the tree of life
'The way of the tree of life,' as in Genesis 3:21, signifies admission to the Lord, which people have from the Word.

Resources for parents and teachers

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 Garden of Eden Scene
Project | Ages 4 - 10

 Life in the Garden of Eden
A picture of life in the beautiful Garden of Eden.
Story | Ages 3 - 7

 Prophecies of the Lord’s Coming
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 9 - 12

 The Most Ancient Church
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 The Right to Choose
Spiritual tasks offer a reflection on a Biblical story and suggest a task for spiritual growth.
Activity | Ages over 18

 The Serpent
A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 years), Senior (15-17 years) and Adults.
Teaching Support | Ages over 3

 The Serpent
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 The Serpent in the Garden
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 The Tree of Life
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 9 - 12

 Waiting for Christmas Day
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 We Must Fight Doing What Is Evil
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Why Did the Lord Come on Earth?
A lesson and activities exploring the reasons Jesus came on earth and what He accomplished.
Religion Lesson | Ages over 15


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