Genesis 3:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 3:11, NIV: "And he said, 'Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?'"

Genesis 3:11, ESV: "He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”"

Genesis 3:11, KJV: "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?"

Genesis 3:11, NASB: "And He said, 'Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I commanded you not to eat?'"

Genesis 3:11, NLT: "'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?'"

Genesis 3:11, CSB: "Then he asked, "Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?""

What does Genesis 3:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Overwhelmed with shame after disobeying God, by eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Adam and Eve attempted to hide from God. This was foolish, of course. These first humans had never sinned, had never thought to hide from God. And yet, they should have known, that such a thing is not possible.

When God asked where Adam was, Adam's response was that he hid because he was afraid and naked. Once again, God asks a question He knows the answer to in order to force Adam to admit his own actions. He demands an explanation of who told Adam of his nakedness. Had they disobeyed Him?

All these centuries later, each of us can relate to this moment at a fundamental level. We all know what it is to give in to temptation, to sin, to be caught, and to face the question about what we have done. Because sin entered into the world, this is a foundational human experience being played out for the first time.

The following verses will show mankind's response to our first sin. Unfortunately, this mostly involves an attempt to blame others.