ChristiaNet MallWorld's Largest Christian MallChristian BlogsFree Bible QuizzesFree Ecards and Free Greeting CardsLoans, Debt, Business and Insurance Articles

Explain Genesis 3:16

Please explain Genesis 3:16

"Then He said to the woman, 'I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.'" NLT

Join Our Christian Singles and Take The Creationism Quiz
 ---Leon on 11/29/15
     Helpful Blog Vote (2)

Reply to this BlogPost a New Blog



Been considerate and loving is commanded by God. Yet in all that the man is the head of his wife and family. He is responsible for them. When the time comes he will have to answer to God as to what kind of job he did with his family.
People here seem to think that because we are in a different time, and things have change that those passage are not for us but they are. Just because wives work does not change what God ordained for His children. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for her. The husband should love his wife enough to die for her. Wives are not to do that but are called to love their husbands enough to live for them. Never die for them.
its time to read all the passages.
---Luke on 12/7/15


Nicole Lacey Bless you,there are women who aren't everyday controlled by husbands and I am one of them.---Darlene_1 on 12/2/15

Yes Darlene, but please forgive me, but your marriage and maybe 7 others am I able say are perfect matches.
(Not including my parents)

Surely you had many ladies come to you during marriage asking for marriage advice?

Because they want what you have.
But it take both in the marriage to have a perfect marriage.

Sadly most marriage have men too weak or lazy to WORK in their marriage.
Or women mean and controlling the marriage. (threating divorce if they don't have their way)

People are not blessed like you.
Mostly because they DIDN'T listen to the Holy Spirit.
---Nicole_Lacey on 12/5/15


---Darlene_1 on 12/2/15
So what happens when you come to an disagreement. Don't tell me that you do not have disagreements.
---Scott1 on 12/3/15


Darlene: I disagree. In my opinion, the NIV isn't a good translation of the Bible manuscripts.

In the Hebrew & Chaldee Dictionary (Strong's Concordance) the word "desire" (8669) basically means wanting to stretch or reach out after & overtake. It's further explained (7783) as running over (overrun) to rule/control.

That's why God specifically told (instructed) Eve (on top of her increased pain in childbearing) Adam (NOT HER) would be the head (leader) of the family.

Logically, Eve desired Adam as a mate. After all, who else was there? That wasn't an issue. The issue was delegated authority from God to Adam over Eve & children.

God bless!
---Leon on 12/2/15


Nicole Lacey Bless you,there are women who aren't everyday controlled by husbands and I am one of them. Many women don't use their mind to control their husbands,but control in different ways,I don't approve of either controlling. My husband and I do what we please and always have but we also respect the others opinion and try to please one another and be considerate. God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 12/2/15




///God created us to be equals. Side by side. Made from the rib/side of Adam.

But, now both the women and men want to control the other.

So because women are not physically capable of forcing the men, so he controls her must of the time.

A smart woman uses her mind to control the husband because the husband is too lazy to stop it.

Except for abused husbands.
They are in horrible situation.
---Nicole_Lacey on 12/1/15///

N_L: Your "opinion(s)" are light years away from explaining G3:16.
---Leon on 12/2/15


Leon the Bible actually says,NIV: your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you. It isn't speaking of control one over the other in a regular relationship instead it speaks of God giving the woman a desire for her husband in the intimate marriage situation and he would rule over her in their intimate time together. Only that makes sense because right before that part of the curse it had to do with bearing children,all one package curse. God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 12/2/15


//A smart woman uses her mind to control the husband because the husband is too lazy to stop it.//

That proves my point
---Scott1 on 12/2/15


God created us to be equals. Side by side. Made from the rib/side of Adam.

But, now both the women and men want to control the other.

So because women are not physically capable of forcing the men, so he controls her must of the time.

A smart woman uses her mind to control the husband because the husband is too lazy to stop it.

Except for abused husbands.
They are in horrible situation.
---Nicole_Lacey on 12/1/15



I've often wondered what is it in women that causes them to want to take charge? Likewise, I've wondered why we men quite often give into our women in that regard?

---Leon on 11/30/15


It is our carnal nature. It is not what God intends for our lives, but as human's we are born with a sinful nature and have a natural predisposition to rebel against the right way. As Christians, we are called to submit to God and overcome the carnal nature. Die to the old carnal man, and live a new life for Christ.
---Jed on 12/1/15




I grew up in a family of eight.

When I was in third grade we moved to the suburbs.

We had a neighborhood grocery store, and I remember going there with my Mother on Saturdays. My Mother would give the cashier a $20 bill, for the food and other things needed for the week.

Back then, $20 would fill the back of our station wagon.

We had two dogs, a cat, a rabbit, and two cars.

My Dad was a machine operator and I a stay at home Mom.
We all survived on one income.

Oh how things have changed!
---Rob on 12/1/15


Leon, just a guess. It probably has to do something with security. What you can control you do not fear. But you would have to ask a woman about that.
Sometimes sin is just sin. What I mean by that is sometimes people do something just because it is wrong. Our own rebellious nature that we must fight everyday.
---Scott1 on 12/1/15


Scott: I should've been more specfic. My main focus is upon verse 16 whereas the woman's desire is to control her husband. It certainly seems that has been a recurring Bible theme & a reality in human existence down thru the ages, starting with Adam & Eve.

I've often wondered what is it in women that causes them to want to take charge? Likewise, I've wondered why we men quite often give into our women in that regard?
---Leon on 11/30/15


1) The largest mission for a woman is birth of a life. Thus now that pleasure will be painful and hard.

2) The key sin of women is control. The key sin of men is passivity. See Adam's curse in work and toil. Adam is supposed to be the leader of the household however women can overtake this position. See Abraham and Sara with Hagar.
---Scott1 on 11/30/15


Can anyone deny this is what happens now?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/29/15


Copyright© 1996-2015 ChristiaNet®. All Rights Reserved.