And to Adam he said, Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying…
I. LOOK AT THE HOPELESSNESS OF MEN'S LABOUR ON THE EARTH.
1. It cannot revoke the sentence of death.
2. It is degrading because of its necessarily sordid aims and occupations.
3. It is itself a living, lingering death.
II. THINE OF THE ULTIMATE PURPOSE OF THIS SORROW, SUFFERING, AND HOPELESSNESS.
1. To convince men of the fruitlessness of the life he had chosen.
2. To show him his need of the mercy of God, and prepare him to receive it.
(St. J. A. Frere.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
WEB: To Adam he said, "Because you have listened to your wife's voice, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground for your sake. In toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.