Genesis 3

The Man and Woman Sin
3 The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”

2 “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. 3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”

4 “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”

6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.

8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man[a] and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”

11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”

12 The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”

13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?”

“The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”

14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this, you are cursed
more than all animals, domestic and wild.
You will crawl on your belly,
groveling in the dust as long as you live.
15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike[b] your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
16 Then he said to the woman,

“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,
and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband,
but he will rule over you.[c]”
17 And to the man he said,

“Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree
whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,
the ground is cursed because of you.
All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.
18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you,
though you will eat of its grains.
19 By the sweat of your brow
will you have food to eat
until you return to the ground
from which you were made.
For you were made from dust,
and to dust you will return.”
Paradise Lost: God’s Judgment
20 Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live.[d] 21 And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.

22 Then the Lord God said, “Look, the human beings[e] have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!” 23 So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made. 24 After sending them out, the Lord God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. And he placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.


3:8 Or Adam, and so throughout the chapter.
3:15 Or bruise; also in 3:15b.
3:16 Or And though you will have desire for your husband, / he will rule over you.
3:20 Eve sounds like a Hebrew term that means “to give life.”
3:22 Or the man; Hebrew reads ha-adam.

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3 thoughts on “Genesis 3 Daily Bible Reading with Paul Nison

  1. Listening to a lot of Torah life and a lot of it is making sense. As a husband and father who takes his family to a wonderful congregation that strives to preach repentance and holiness standards how can I show my family that Torah is still relevant?? My congregation worships on Sunday and eats whatever plus they love Christmas and Easter. Their good people who do dress modest who do love the lord and preach the gospel with a strong emphasis on a righteous lifestyle. How can I tell my family to celebrate different holidays and worship on Saturday and for my daughters to cover their head how can I do all that without completely destroying their faith? I’d basically be telling them so many things are a lie, and changing their whole life’s.

  2. Thank you Paul. I’m committed to read everyday with you.
    We just finished studying Daniel 9 in the Bible study that I attend. In the personalize this lesson section I read this and it is so appropos to you emphasizing daily Bible reading. It seems that just as Daniel had an established habit of daily prayer, he had also had a regular habit of Bible reading. What joy Daniel must have felt that day when, while engaging in his normal practice of reading scripture he discovered God’s specific promies about future restoration of Jerusalem! How amazed and excited he must have been to realize that the promises he was reading in Jeremiah applied to the very time in which he was living. The Holy Spirit led Daniel to read that specific passage that specific day, and then to pray it back to God, thus partnering with Him in bringing about His purposes for His people. In the same way, the Holy Spirit gives us important insights as we engage in regular reading of God’s Word. Who knows? Maybe someday God will reveal something special to you that applies to the current situation in your world that he wants you to pray into being!

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