Did God Curse Adam and Eve After They Fell?

May 16, 2015

Genesis 3 records God’s judgments upon the serpent, Adam, and Eve for their roles and actions that led to the Fall of Adam and Eve. Genesis 4 then records how God judged Cain for murdering his brother Abel.

In rendering these judgments, Scripture records that God used the word “cursed” in the following statements in Genesis 3 and 4:

Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed 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:

Gen 3:17 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 sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Gen 4:11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;

These verses show that God cursed the serpent and He cursed Cain, but Scripture does not say (at least directly) in Genesis 3 that God cursed Adam (or Eve)—God told Adam that the ground, and not he (or Eve), was cursed for his sake (Gen. 3:17). Does the fact that Scripture does not directly say here that God cursed Adam and Eve mean that He in fact did not curse them after they fell?

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