Genesis 3:23 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 3:23, NIV: "So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken."

Genesis 3:23, ESV: "therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken."

Genesis 3:23, KJV: "Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken."

Genesis 3:23, NASB: "therefore the LORD God sent him out of the Garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken."

Genesis 3:23, NLT: "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."

Genesis 3:23, CSB: "So the LORD God sent him away from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken."

What does Genesis 3:23 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Now we arrive at the moment of humanity's greatest loss, the true and lasting consequence of sin. God banished Adam and Eve from His physical presence to a life that would be characterized by pain, frustration, difficult work, and eventual physical death. Adam's destiny is poetic and heartbreaking: Formed from the dust of the ground, he would live out his days working to pull his livelihood from the ground until he died and returned to the ground.

God had already begun His plan to redeem His people, to purchase back at the price of His own Son's life all those who would trust in Christ. For them, this separation from God will one day end. We will be united with our Father in the Eden-like home of an eternity with Him.

But we're not home, yet. In the New Testament, Paul will describe the groaning of the Christian's longing to be with our Father as we wait for that day (Romans 8:18–25).