(Gen 2:15-17)  And the LORD God took the man [Adam], and put him into the garden [Heb: a garden (as fenced)] of Eden [Heb: delight] to dress it [Heb: serve, till: dress, keep, worship] and to keep it [Heb: hedge about, guard, protect] [1]. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil [diagram on blackboard] [2,3], thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day [4,5] that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

  1. Commentary: The garden of Eden is the archetype (first type and shadow) of the Bible.
  2. (Deut 4:2)  Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
  3. (Rev 22:18,19)  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
  4. (2 Pet 3:8)  But, beloved, be not ignorant [Heb: unawares] of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
  5. Commentary: a “day” is often symbolized in the Bible as “a thousand years,” and often not. Adam lived 930 years. Seth (912), Enos (912), Cainan (910), Jared (962), Methuselah (969) was the oldest living man. No women are mentioned.



(Gen 3:1-5)  Now the serpent [Heb: snake (from its hiss)] was more subtil [Heb: cunning (usually in a bad sense): crafty] than any beast of the field which the LORD [Heb: Jehovah] God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden [“the tree of knowledge of good and evil” Gen 2:9], God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil [a mingled and thus an evil concoction].

  1. (Psa 82:6,7)  I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
  2. (John 10:34-36)  Jesus [who was “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” John 1:14] answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?



(Gen 3:6,7)  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew [Heb: understood] that they were naked [nude, exposed, uncovered]; and they sewed [works] fig leaves together, and made [works] themselves aprons.

  1. (1 Tim 2:14)  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
  2. apron = Heb: a belt (for the waist): armour, gird (-le) /// to gird on (as a belt, armor, etc.): - be able to put on, be afraid, appointed, gird, restrain, X on every side.



(Gen 3:8-13)  And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden [people are symbolized as trees in the Bible, e.g., Psa 1:3]. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 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? And the man said [pointing his finger and thus blaming] [1,2,3], The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said [pointing her finger and thus blaming], The serpent beguiled me [Heb: to lead astray, delude, seduce: deceive, X utterly], and I did eat.

  1. Commentary: “And the man said… And the woman said….” From where did that mental/physical accusatory gesture originate? From whom was it derived? Did they have it before the serpent spoke? Did God teach them that, or Satan? It is a product of “mingled fruit.”
  2. (Deut 24:16)  The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
  3. (2 Kings 14:6)  But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses [Deut 24:16], wherein the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
  4. (2 Chron 25:4)  But he slew not their children, but did as it is written in the law in the book of Moses, where the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not die for the children, neither shall the children die for the fathers, but every man shall die for his own sin.


(Gen 3:14,15)  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: And I will put enmity [Heb: hostility: hatred] between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it [i.e., the Body of Christ] shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.


(Gen 3:16)  Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow [Heb: worrisomeness; labour or pain] and thy conception [Heb: pregnancy]; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [Heb: in the sense of stretching out after: longing /// overflow] shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule [Heb: have dominion: govern, reign, have power] over thee.


(Gen 3:17-19)  And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened [Heb: listened (with the implication of obedience)] unto the voice of thy wife [over obeying My voice], 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 [Heb: worrisomeness; labour or pain] shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb [i.e., grass, rye, wheat, etc.] of the field [originally, we were vegetarians (until immediately after the flood: Gen 9:1-3)]; In the sweat [Heb: perspiration] of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art [God to the serpent: “dust shalt thou eat” Gen 3:14], and unto dust shalt thou return.


(Gen 3:20-24)  And Adam called his wife's name Eve [Heb: lifegiver]; because she was the mother of all living. Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins [the institution of blood sacrifice for a covering rather than “fig leaves” Gen 3:7], and clothed them. And the LORD 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 [in that defiled state of mingled good and evil]: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims [angels], and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep [Heb: hedge about, guard, protect] the way [Heb: road] of the tree of life.

  1. drove out = Heb: to drive out from a possession; especially to expatriate or divorce: - cast up (out), divorced (woman), drive away (forth, out), expel, X surely put away, trouble, thrust out.
  2. a flaming sword = the Holy Spirit: Heb 4:12; Eph 6:17, the logos/rhema double-edged sword of God. The Bible.