Thematic Symmetry of Genesis 3:14-19 - Interactive

14) The LORD God said to the serpent,
`Because you have done this,
Cursed are you more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you will go,
And dust you will eat
All the days of your life;
15) And I will put enmity Between you
and the woman,
And between your seed
and her seed;
He shall bruise
you on the head,
And you shall bruise
him on the heel.
16) To the woman He said,
`I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth,
In pain you will bring forth children;
Yet your desire will be for your husband,
And he will rule over you.`
17) Then to Adam He said,
`Because you have listened to the voice of your wife,
and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, `You shall not eat from it`;
Cursed is the ground because of you;
In toil
you will eat of it
All the days of your life.
18) Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you will eat the plants of the field;
19) By the sweat of your face
You will eat bread,
Till you return to the ground
Because from it you were taken;
For you are dust,
And to dust you shall return.


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  6. Meditate prayerfully on what you see, seeking insight about each pairing. How are the elements alike? How do they differ. Why are they paired?
  7. Yes, it really is what it appears to be. It is a supernatural phenomenon! Praise the Lord, who has blessed us with great favor in these last days! His handiwork is beyond compare! He has magnified His Word above all His name!
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