Genesis 3:23

23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.

Read Genesis 3:23 Using Other Translations

Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.
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.

What does Genesis 3:23 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 3:23

Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of
Eden
Gave him orders to depart immediately; sent or put him away as a man does his wife, when he divorces her; or as a prince banishes a rebellious subject: for how long Adam was in the garden (See Gill on Psalms 49:12), however, he did not send him to hell at once, as he did the apostate angels, but

to till the ground, from whence he was taken:
either the earth in general, out of which he was made, and to which he must return, and in the mean while must labour hard, in digging and ploughing, in planting and sowing, that so he might get a livelihood; or that particular spot out of which he was formed, which is supposed from hence to have been without the garden of Eden, though very probably near unto it: some say it was a field near Damascus; the Targum of Jonathan is,

``he went and dwelt in Mount Moriah, to till the ground out of which he was created;''

and so other Jewish writers say F16, the gate of paradise was near Mount Moriah, and there Adam dwelt after he was cast out.


FOOTNOTES:

F16 Pirke Eliezer, c. 20. fol. 20. 2.
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