Genesis 3:16 reads, “To the woman He said, ‘I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you.'”

I think that are two (maybe more) implications from this verse. They are implications by conjecture but definitely worth considering when discussing some of the big topics that we often discuss.

First, God tells Eve that he will “greatly multiply your pain.” A very common Creation vs. Evolution argument is that there was no pain before the fall. There is no clear verse that specifically says there was no pain. The problem with that is that if you multiply any number by zero – you still get zero. Now the Hebrew itself doesn’t really say “multiply.” It says something more like “increase very much” (or even more literally, “I will make many and I will make a lot your pain.” But that still supports the idea that there was pain – just not as much. Of course this is not completely conclusive but as I said, it might be something we consider when discussing whether or not there was pain before the fall.

Second, God tells Eve that he will “greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth.” This seems to indicate that Eve understood that there was “pain” associated with Childbirth. Which might also mean that she had bore children before the fall. Again, this is basically conjecture, but I think it is worth consideration. Some people might just say that Adam and Eve had a built in vocabulary. They know what God was saying, what the words meant, without the experiences associated with those words. I think that I tend to hold to that view. But that can easily be used as a cop-out.

Thoughts?