Genesis 3:10

10 And he said, "I heard You[a] in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid."

Genesis 3:10 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 3:10

And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden
The voice of thy Word, as the Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan: this was not the true cause of his hiding himself; he had heard his voice in the garden before, when it did not strike him with terror, but gave him pleasure; and I was afraid, because I was naked.
This also was not the true reason; he was naked from his creation as to his body, and it caused no shame in him, nor any dread to appear before God; he conceals the true cause, which was sin, that made the nakedness of his body shameful, and had stripped his soul of its native clothing, purity and holiness; and therefore it was, he could not appear before a pure and holy Being: and I hid myself;
among the trees of the garden, and his wife also; or therefore F23 "hid myself"; through fear of God, his wrath and displeasure, which he had justly incurred by his disobedience, and because of his sin which had made his soul naked, though he was not as yet ingenuous enough to confess it.


FOOTNOTES:

F23 (w) "ldeo", Vatablus.

Genesis 3:10 In-Context

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
9 So the Lord God called out to the man and said to him, "Where are you?"
10 And he said, "I heard You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid."
11 Then He asked, "Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I had commanded you not to eat from?"
12 Then the man replied, "The woman You gave to be with me-she gave me [some fruit] from the tree, and I ate."

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