Archive for July 23rd, 2010

A Desire to Control

In Genesis 3, God describes His punishment for Adam and Eve eating the “forbidden fruit”.  Verse 16 describes Eve’s punishment specifically.  I remember the part about the childbirth being painful (thanks, Eve), but the next sentence stood out to me.  I read it in several different versions even.  The New Living Translation says something radically different than the others, in my opinion.

This one is the New Living Translation.

Then he said to the woman,
“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,
and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband,
but he will rule over you.”

This one is the King James Version.

“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”

In the first it says that woman will desire to control her husband and in the next it says woman’s desire will be for her husband.  Two VERY different concepts.  Initially, I was like, “Oh, so that’s why I’m so bossy”.  and then after I read the other translations I was just confused.  Did part of the punishment include making woman only attracted to her husband??  Cuz that does NOT seem the case in the world today.

Thoughts?  Explanations?  Clarifications?

Good thing I don’t get too hung up on little things like this.  I more than realize that I’m not smart enough to understand EVERYTHING in the bible.  By faith, I believe that it’s completely true, whether I understand it or not.