Genesis 3:22-24

22 And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.
24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[a] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

Genesis 3:22-24 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS 3

In this chapter an account is given of the temptation of our first parents, of the instrument of it, and of their fall into it, and of the effect of it, Ge 3:1-7 their summons upon it to appear before God, against whom they had sinned, Ge 3:8-10 their examination by him, and the excuses they made, Ge 3:11-13 the various sentences passed of the serpent, the woman, and the man, Ge 3:14-19 some incidental things recorded, expressive of faith and hope in man, and of favour to him, Ge 3:20,21 and his expulsion from the garden of Eden, Ge 3:22-24.

Genesis 3:22-24 In-Context

20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.
21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
22 And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.
24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

Cross References 8

  • 1. S Genesis 1:26
  • 2. S Genesis 2:9; S Revelation 2:7; Revelation 22:14
  • 3. S Genesis 2:8
  • 4. S Genesis 2:7; Genesis 4:2
  • 5. S Genesis 2:8
  • 6. Exodus 25:18-22; 1 Samuel 4:4; 2 Samuel 6:2; 2 Samuel 22:11; 1 Kings 6:27; 1 Kings 8:6; 2 Kings 19:15; 2 Chronicles 5:8; Psalms 18:10; Psalms 80:1; Psalms 99:1; Isaiah 37:16; Ezekiel 10:1; Ezekiel 28:16
  • 7. Job 40:19; Psalms 104:4; Isaiah 27:1
  • 8. S Genesis 2:9

Footnotes 1

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