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Sorrow, the Meaning for the Woman in Genesis 3:16

Genesis 3:16 records “Sorrow” twice for the woman. What’s the meaning of this double dose?

Sorrow for the woman and her seed in Genesis 3:16
Sorrow for the woman and her seed in Genesis 3:16

Genesis 3:15–16

15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shalt bruise his heel.

16 To the woman he said, I will greatly (H7235) multiply (H7235) your sorrow (H6093), and your conception; (H2032) in sorrow (H6089) you shall bring forth (H3205) children; (H1121) and your desire (H8669) shall be to your husband (H376), and he shall rule (H4910) over you.


Sam’s Reflections

Be careful interpreting “the Serpent’s seed.” It can NOT and does NOT have sex. Neither spiritually nor physically; this is an essential piece as it is evoked in mythology where the gods are seducing and having sex with humans. It is also invoked concerning parenting giants in Gen. 6:4. We shall discuss that when we get to Genesis 6.

In the spirit world, that of God, the angels, and the demons, including the Serpent, there is neither marriage nor sex. Read Christ’s words in Mark 12:25, “For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.” It is a fundamental point that gives the answer to all the myths and surmisings.

We can add here that God, the Father, did NOT have sex with Mary, the mother of God the Son. The Holy Spirit came over Mary. IF the Holy Spirit had sex with Mary, then the Holy Spirit would be the Father, which is NOT the case. The Holy Spirit is God’s Power, which, through a miracle, fertilized one of Mary’s ova. NO sex was involved. Later, Mary had normal sexual relations with Joseph, and she birthed four sons and at least two daughters (Mark 6:3) in a typical fashion, just like every other woman.

Judgment Period

Multiplication of Worry, Pain, and Conception


רָבָה râbâh raw-baw’; a primitive root; to increase (in whatever respect):

KJV — (bring in) abundance ([idiom] -antly), + archer (by mistake for H7232 (רָבַב)), be in authority, bring up, ⨯ continue, enlarge, excel, exceeding(-ly), be full of, (be, make) great(-er, -ly, ⨯ -ness), grow up, heap, increase, be long, (be, give, have, make, use) many (a time), (any, be, give, give the, have) more (in number), (ask, be, be so, gather, over, take, yield) much (greater, more), (make to) multiply, nourish, plenty(-eous), ⨯ process (of time), sore, store, thoroughly, very.

Your Sorrow


עִצָּבוֹן ʻitstsâbôwn its-tsaw-bone’; from H6087 (עָצַב); worrisomeness, i.e. labor or pain:

KJV — sorrow, toil.


עָצַב ʻâtsab aw-tsab’; a primitive root; properly, to carve, i.e. fabricate or fashion; hence (in a bad sense) to worry, pain or anger:

KJV — displease, grieve, hurt, make, be sorry, vex, worship, wrest.

Your conception


הֵרוֹן hêrôwn hay-rone’; or הֵרָיוֹן; from H2029 (הָרָה); pregnancy:

KJV — conception.


הָרָה hârâh haw-raw’; a primitive root; to be (or become) pregnant, conceive (literally or figuratively):

KJV — been, be with child, conceive, progenitor.


Parenting — in sorrow you shall bring forth children

H6089 — sorrow

עֶצֶב ʻetseb eh’-tseb; from H6087 (עָצַב); an earthen vessel; usually (painful) toil; also a pang (whether of body or mind):

KJV — grievous, idol, labor, sorrow.

H3205 — bring forth

יָלַד yâlad yaw-lad’; a primitive root; to bear young; causatively, to beget; medically, to act as midwife; specifically, to show lineage:

KJV — bear, beget, birth(-day), born, (make to) bring forth (children, young), bring up, calve, child, come, be delivered (of a child), time of delivery, gender, hatch, labour, (do the office of a) midwife, declare pedigrees, be the son of, (woman in, woman that) travail(-eth, -ing woman).

H1121 — children

בֵּן bên bane; from H1129 (בָּנָה); a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.):

KJV — + afflicted, age, (Ahoh-) (Ammon-) (Hachmon-) (Lev-) ite, (anoint-) ed one, appointed to, ([phrase]) arrow, (Assyr-) (Babylon-) (Egypt-) (Grec-) ian, one born, bough, branch, breed, + (young) bullock, + (young) calf, ⨯ came up in, child, colt, ⨯ common, ⨯ corn, daughter, ⨯ of first, + firstborn, foal, + very fruitful, + postage, ⨯ in, + kid, + lamb, ([phrase]) man, meet, + mighty, + nephew, old, ([phrase]) people, + rebel, + robber, ⨯ servant born, ⨯ soldier, son, + spark, + steward, + stranger, ⨯ surely, them of, + tumultuous one, + valiant(-est), whelp, worthy, young (one), youth.

Wife, Husband Relationship

And your desire (H8669) shall be to your husband


תְּשׁוּקָה tᵉshûwqâh tesh-oo-kaw’; from H7783 (שׁוּק) in the original sense of stretching out after; a longing:

KJV — desire.


שׁוּק shûwq shook; a primitive root; to run after or over, i.e. overflow:

KJV — overflow, water.

Your husband (H376), and he shall rule (H4910) over you


מָשַׁל mâshal maw-shal’; a primitive root; to rule:

KJV — (have, make to have) dominion, governor, ⨯ indeed, reign, (bear, cause to, have) rule(-ing, -r), have power.

A wise man once said, Teach you me, what I do not know.

  1. Inventory of the Universe
  2. Audit of the Universe
  3. Audit of Humankind
  4. Origin of the Universe (Commentary on Genesis 1)
  5. Origin of Humankind (Commentary on Genesis 1:26–2:7)
  6. Origin of Woman (Commentary on Genesis 2:8–25)
  7. Agony of Humankind (Commentary on Genesis 3)



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