Genesis 3:10

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

Genesis 3:10 in Other Translations

KJV
10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
ESV
10 And he said, "I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself."
NLT
10 He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”
MSG
10 He said, "I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked. And I hid."
CSB
10 And he said, "I heard You 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 as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

Cross References 2

  • 1. Exodus 19:16; Exodus 20:18; Deuteronomy 5:5; 1 Samuel 12:18
  • 2. Genesis 2:25