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Genesis

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An Introduction to Genesis.

For our convenience in referencing the bible man has divided original text into chapters and verses but Genesis has its own eleven distinct divisions dealing with; an Introduction to genealogy, genealogies of the Heavens and the Earth, of Adam, of Noah, of the sons of Noah, of Shem, of Terah, of Ishmael, of Isaac, of Esau and of Jacob. In some bibles the word 'genealogy' is translated as 'history'.
This is human history tracked through a certain blood line. Why these people? The main area of interest is the Messianic line because this is a book about Christ. This is actual history which explains origins but in today's world it is largely rejected. This is understandable by those of no faith but there are those calling themselves Christians who are blinded by bad science and disbelieve parts of the bible particularly the account of creation.
Does it matter? Does it make any difference whether God created in six days or whether He created by evolution over millions of years?
The first three chapters of Genesis are absolutely foundational to the whole of scripture. Satan knows that to destroy the foundations is to destroy all. Doubt was sown into minds by Darwin's ideas.

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CHAPTER 1
(1) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.


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An Introduction to Genesis - part 2.

Ian gives his reasoning for his acceptance that Genesis is the literal truth about creation and origins and not as many believe a matter of evolution or myth.
Those without understanding are content in the belief that science has 'proved' the big bang and evolution but most simply accept such without any idea of what science actually says and what evidence there is to weigh such against biblical evidence.
This evening we are drawn the precise and vital relationship between the solar system and earth, and between plants and animals. With God being the creator of all things it follows that He knows how everything functions and how He intends it all to be in a right relationship within itself and with Him.
God does not want automatons. We have choice. Having choice sorts those who try to live according to God's plan from those who choose to live as they please which by definition is contrary to God's intentions and instructions.
The evolutionist belief has to get rid of the biblical account of creation but a problem exists in that there are people professing to be Christians who choose to accept the evolutionist belief in a big bang rather than what God tells us. They may compromise with their own explanation (unbiblically changing and adding to God's word) saying that God 'used' the big bang and evolution to create us. This is known as 'theistic evolution'.
What worldly effect does this have? It is catastrophic.
Ian gives examples of how man loses any grasp of what is right / wrong, moral / amoral, except for those invented by his own ideas. Theistic evolutionists give themselves the right to reinterpret God's word giving themselves a god that they like and who approves their lifestyle.

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(1) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.


NASA photo of Earth from space


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GENESIS - Myth? Theistic Evolution? Gap Theory? An Introduction to Genesis - part 3.

We have considered the views of some in suggesting that the Genesis account of creation is myth. We have considered Theistic Evolution which people suggest was God's method of creating everything. This evening Ian brings our attention to another view held by some, that of Gap Theory.
We are given an overview of how Gap Theory accepts the Genesis account but suggests there are tremendous time intervals between verses which can bring agreement with some geologists and others who believe in millions/billions of years of Earth development.

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(2) The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.


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Day One. Let There Be Light. (Verses 3 - 5)

Ian shows that Genesis is not only a factual account or origins but contains spiritual truths.
So far in this series several ideas have been mentioned including 'Gap theory' and 'Theistic evolution'. This evening we are given the answer as to why there are seven days in a week and the correct interpretation of Genesis in that the word 'day' does indeed mean a literal twentyfour hour day as we know it.
Why does Genesis refer to a day as 'evening and morning' whereas we tend to think that morning occurs before evening?
The sun, moon and stars have not yet been created so what is the 'light' of verse 3?
Some say that earth is an insignificant speck in a vast universe of galaxies but the Biblical world view has Earth at centre stage.

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(3) Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.
(4) And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.
(5) God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.


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Day Two. Waters, Firmanent and Heaven. (Verses 6 - 8)

People think everything revolves around them and this can be seen in advertising directed at YOU but the bible has the focus on God and His perspective, not on the opinions of man.
Ian mentions the 'Water Canopy' theory and explains the words 'firmanent' and 'waters'. This evening we look at what we can actually see for ourselves in having waters below in rivers and seas and waters above in clouds and vapour.
God separated the waters by firmanent. Why did God call the firmanent 'Heaven'?


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(6) Then God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters."
(7) Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so.
(8) And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.


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Day Three. Dry Land Appears. (Verses 9 - 13)

This evening we consider the original land mass geologists named Pangea and the result of movement of tectonic plates in bringing the devastation of Noah's flood.
Everything was created by the Son of God who said to us, "I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you." The believer has the incorruptible seed of His word in his heart. This leads to the next part of the third day where vegetation is created.
The words, 'according to its kind' in reference to plants and animals indicates the foolishness of Darwin's evolutionary theory as NO KIND of plant or animal has ever turned into another KIND. There is much variation within kinds but that is not the same as change from one kind to another. The evolutionist insists on the preposterous idea that all the wonders we see and experience around us and in us have all come about by accident rather than by design.


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(9) Then God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so.
(11) Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so.


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Day Four. Creation of the Sun, Moon and Stars. (Verses 14 - 19)

We are required to consider the sizes of planets and the vastness of the universe containing numberless galaxies of stars along with their beauty. All created on day four.
People suggest that we are 'not alone' and they believe there could be life elsewhere but biblically Earth is unique and central to God's plan.
At all times we should appreciated the magnitude, beauty and purpose of the universe.


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(14) Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;
(15) and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so.


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Days Five and Six. Living Things. (Verses 20 - 31)

The evolutionist looks at all living things and whenever he sees a part of a plant or animal that is also present in another plant or animal he believes they are related in having a 'common ancestor'. He will often refer to certain things that are 'designed' to fulfill a purpose or function but sadly he is missing what God's word shows us is obvious in that similarities are present due to there being a designer - God.
What is life? We are given suggestions by science, philosophy and dictionaries but they all describe what we see and give no explanation of what life actually is. How did life originate? Science only offers hypotheses as to how basic chemicals combined by accident under precise conditions to form life but such hypotheses are cluttered with the words, possibly, may have, we believe, etc.
The bible tells us God has life in Himself and He is the one who gives life.
What is the consequence of people believing they are nothing more than animals?


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(21) So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind.
(24) Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind"; and it was so.
(27) So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.


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Creatures - All According to Their Kind. (Verses 20 - 31)

If Darwin had known the complex workings of a biological cell would he have ever suggested life was due to lots of 'accidents'? We have a problem today that science DOES know much of the incredible workings inside a cell and yet perpetuate the lie of evolution. The bible tells us, man "exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator" (Rom. 1:25). Why would intelligent people prefer Darwinian evolution theory which does not have any evidence to show one kind of animal changing into another kind? Why is it that animals can change and adapt within their own kind but cannot change into another kind?

Recommended YouTube videos -

1) Stated Clearly - What is DNA and how does it work https://youtu.be/zwibgNGe4aY
2) Cell structure and function https://youtu.be/HBvfBB_oSTc
3) Your Body's Molecular Machines https://youtu.be/X_tYrnv_o6A
4) Inside the living cell https://youtu.be/d4TJ4NY1IA0

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(21) So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
(24) Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind"; and it was so.
(25) And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.


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The Sixth Day - Creation of Mankind. (Verses 26 - 31)

A creation made 'in Our image' with dominion over the earth and everything created on it. This is 'man/woman' - not merely a higher type of animal as the evolutionists believe.
Having dominion does not mean man can do what he wants and abuse what he has been entrusted to care for but we see people killing for so-called sport as well as environmental destruction and pollution of the earth. Everything is there for US. Christians should be the most responsible and caring of all people regarding our planet.
God refers to Himself in the plural. Some suggest that indicates more than one God and others suggest that Angels are referred to. The plurality actually refers to the 'Trinity' of one God revealed as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
There are not only published individuals but also religious cults who believe and teach that 'in Our image' and 'in Our likeness' means that God has a body of flesh and bone but Jesus told us God is spirit. Man has many attributes of God but to a lesser degree. Animals do not have these attributes. Man has morals but there are those who not only choose to live perverse lives but go out of their way to influence society to accept perverse behaviour as normal. Ian looks at many abilities of man that are unique to man - animals do not have them.


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(26) Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
(27) So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
(28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."


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Days Six and Seven. All Creation was 'Very Good'. (v 29 - Ch.2 v 3)

Ian compares what we are told in Genesis with the way the world is today. God said, "Be fruitful and multiply". A current view is that the world is over populated and the number of people should be reduced due to insufficient resources. They say this should be done 'humanely'. Some governments have imposed measures to achieve this. Does acceptance and promotion of abortion and gay lifestyle contribute?
God tells us that man and all animals were created as vegetarians. This is ALL animals including dinosaurs and those that we know today as carnivores. Why has what God created and saw as 'very good' changed so that not only do we and animals eat flesh? Every plant was created to provide food for man and animals but we see thorn, thistles and poisonous plants. This is no longer 'very good'.
What is the answer to all the problems in the world today? Is the solution to reduce populations, or redistribute wealth or resources?
The solution is in God's hands with the coming tribulation and millenium.
With the world as it is today the solution will soon come.


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(29) And God said, "See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.
(30) Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food"; and it was so.
(31) Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
CHAPTER 2
(3) Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.


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Day Seven. Who is the Sabbath Day for? (Chapter 2 v 1 - 3)

God had created and on the seventh day He rested. In these verses the seventh day does not conclude with 'the evening and the morning were the ...' as they did for the previous six days and some suggest that this indicates that the seventh day is an extended period of time and not a twentyfour hour period like the previous days. Ian explains why the seventh day actually is another twentyfour hours day.
This evening we look particularly at the fourth commandment, 'Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. . ." (Exodus 20 and 31).
What is a 'Sabbath'?
Ian raises the question as to whether 'keeping the Sabbath' applies only to Israel or to Gentiles too. What should Gentile believers do?


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CHAPTER 2
(1) Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.
(2) And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
(3) Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.


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The Creation of Man. (Chapter 2 v 4 - 15)

So far Genesis has given us an account of the creation of the heavens and the earth. Verse four now moves our focus to the earth and then to man. This evening we concentrate on the creation of man formed 'of the dust of the ground' - the chemical elements that man is physically comprised of. Suppose you have all the necessary 'ingredients' in the correct quantities that comprise the human body, what instruction and skill is required to 'make man'?
Obviously no matter what instructions or skill you have you cannot make man. Sadly the evolutionists believe that man was made by accidents with random outcomes over a long period of time.
Having 'formed' man one thing was still required - life - this was breathed into him by God. Man became a person - a living soul. That is what we are inside the physical body. The body will eventually die the first death but the soul will live forever.
God put man in an idyllic location with everything he needed and would delight him. Some today propose that if people were taken from their current miserable environment and put in a 'decent' one it would change them into 'decent' people. Adam and Eve were in an absolutely perfect environment but as we will soon see it is not environment that is responsible for the behaviour of man but the sin in his heart.


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(4) This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,
(7) And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
(8) The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.
(9) And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food....


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Life in God's Garden. (Chapter 2 v 8 - 17)

God provided a garden that was perfect in every way - a paradise. In planting our own gardens are we trying to regain something of that paradise lost? For a variety of reasons people have looked for the garden of Eden. Ian poses the question as to whether it can be found and then looks at suggestions as to where it is.
Two of the rivers mentioned in these verses are known today and their sources can be traced but does the topography of today correspond to the description given in Genesis or was it dramatically changed by the flood?
We are told of two specific trees and Adam was given a warning not to eat of one of them as he would 'surely die'. Ian gives explanation as to why a loving God put such a tree in a perfect garden?


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(9) And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
(10) Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads.
(16) And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;
(17) but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."


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God Created Woman. (Chapter 2 v 18 - 25)

In these verses we are told how and why God created woman to be with man and of the relationship between Adam and Eve as husband and wife.
Adam named the animals and the names he gave them had some significance and meaning. There were male and female of each kind and although there were differences it was obvious they belonged together but there were none 'comparable to' Adam. God created woman to compliment Adam so that together they were complete.
Why was woman created in a different manner to the animals and Adam who were created from the dust of the ground? Ian explains.


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(18) And the Lord God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him."
(20) So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
(24) Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
(25) And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.


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Marriage According to Scripture. (Chapter 2 v 18 - Ch.3 v 6)

These verses tell us something of the dignity and status of woman who is comparable to man, not inferior as has been considered in many cultures. The differences between man and woman complement each other and God made them to be bonded in marriage as one man with one woman in a relationship for life. Marriage is under attack today. Destroy 'traditional' marriage and family and you destroy society.
Ian looks at how God's standards have been put aside by society in recent history with ever increasing media promotion of fornication, immorality and deviancy.
In our own country three laws were passed in 1967 that have had a profound effect. Satan is mantaining his attack on society.


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(24) Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
(25) And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.


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What is Temptation? (Chapter 3 v 1 - 8)

Satan's method of temptation was successful with Eve. He has always remained consistent and it is just as successful today.
Darwinian evolution says that humans have evolved from something primitive with continual improvements in intelligence and what we see as beneficial human traits but Genesis tells us that man and everything else were created perfect. Adam was intelligent - made in the 'image' of God.
There has been no improvement since Eve sinned but a continued deterioration bringing us to the dark place the world is today. That was not the first sin. There was sin in Heaven among the angels and the bible describes how Lucifer was when he was created - beautiful, intelligent and wise but he wanted to be god and he caused rebellion. He became Satan.
Satan cannot make a person sin but he is cunning and Eve responded inappropriately to his subtle temptation. He made Eve doubt the word of God and that is his same approach with people today. When he sows doubt people handle the word of God carelessly and believe Satan when he tells them scripture is a lie and limiting to their true potential.


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CHAPTER 3
(1) Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?"
(2) And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;
(3) but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' "
(4) Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die.


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How Does Temptation Apply to Today? (Chapter 3 v 1 - 8)

The subtlety of Satan is used today. Many churchgoers are completely unaware. We look at what is called the emergent church.
Ian explains how the emergent church uses what they call conversation to undermine and cast doubt about God's word. We hear some of their ideas and it is obvious who is influencing them - "You will not surely die". They will question and sow doubt about the relevance of God's word before moving on to an outright rejection of what it says.
Satan brought Eve to the point where she doubted what God had said and accepted the suggestion that God's motives were to prevent her reaching her full potential. Eve had seen that tree many times but she was persuaded to look at it in a different way just as people are today.


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(5) For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
(6) So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.


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Who Do You Blame For Your Sin? (Chapter 3 v 9 - 24)

Adam and Eve sinned and tried to cover what they had done. Nothing can be hidden from God. He sees everything. God asks us all, "Where are you?" Not a question as to our geographical location but to make us think where we are in our relationship with God.
One difference between animals and man is that man is to be responsible. God wanted Adam to take responsibility and face up to his sin but he tried to avoid doing that by blaming the woman and ultimately God because He gave him the woman. The woman blames the serpent and people today do the same thing in putting blame elsewhere - 'the devil made me do it'.
The serpent is revered by some and worshipped by others. Why? Who would be a follower of the serpent? All those who oppose God.
There is no hiding place and we are all accountable to God. We look at God's words to the serpent.


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(9) Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?"
(14) So the Lord God said to the serpent: "Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life.
(15) And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."


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God's Judgement On The Woman and Adam. (Chapter 3 v 16 - 19)

Prior to the fall of man life was free of pain but God's judgement made bringing a child into the world a painful experience. It is not only a physical thing but because of love that child can bring further pain throughout your earthly life.
Woman was created equal to and complementary to man. They were intended to be as one in marriage, one man and one woman for life but both man and woman changed. It was not long before man wanted more than one wife and women were seen as to be controlled. This attitude prevails in the world today except in cultures influenced by biblical Christian beliefs.
Why did Adam heed what the woman said? Was it because he did not want to have conflict with her, to upset her? That is what some people in churches today do in changing God's word so as to not offend those with sinful lifestyles or different doctrines - the ones who have been deceived.
Working in the garden provided by God would have been enjoyable and fulfilling but now, "Cursed is the ground". Working it and dealing with thorns and weeds is hard work.
Judgement was made but God did not leave the woman and Adam without hope.


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(16) To the woman He said: "I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.
(17) Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.
(18) Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field.