What seven words were missing from Adam’s vocabulary? We are told in Genesis 2:19 that Adam called every living creature… the name thereof.” Adam must have had a tremendous vocabulary. Today there are over 3500 different mammals, 8600 birds, 5500 reptiles and amphibians. Doubtless there existed many more in Adam’s day. And he named them all! In spite of this, however, there were seven simple words unknown and unexperienced by Adam prior to his fall. These words were:
The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:16,17).
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings (Genesis 3:7).
“Then to Adam He said, ‘Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it;
Cursed is the ground because of you: In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.
SORROW: Genesis 3:17
“Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you shall eat the plants of the field; (Genesis 3:18)
By the sweat of your face You shall eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19)
So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim, and the flaming sword which turned every direction, to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:24
(Reference: page 23, Wilmington’s Guide to the Bible, by H.L. Wilmington, Tyndale House Publishers, 1984)
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