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Why was the ground cursed for our sake?

Bible Answers to Your Questions.

Curses typically have a strong negative association. They are feared, not desired. But in Genesis 3:17, God pronounces a different kind of curse: “Cursed is the ground for thy sake.” 

How is it that the ground was cursed “for thy sake” or, in other words, for the benefit of Adam, Eve, and their posterity? It seems ironic! 

You see, God’s curses are hidden blessings. God’s punishments are not condemning, but uplifting. In cursing the ground after the Fall and requiring humans to work the soil in sorrow, difficulty, and hard labor, He was paving the way for humanity to be brought back into connection with Himself. And today, agriculture still plays an important role in restoring us to God’s image. 

For one, working the soil helps us realize the true results of sin. Sin causes us to become self-deceived to the point that we believe

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