In Genesis 3, we read that when God gave the judgement, HE said to the serpent and Adam in a manner such as "because you did such and such, so it shall be……" but to the woman, He didn't call out the "BECAUSE", and went straight by speaking the consequences.

  1. Why?
  2. And imagine that God was to say "BECAUSE" at that moment to the woman, what would it be?

11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 17 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; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

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    @AdamHeeg you cannot say Eve was in ignorance of the law, she may have misunderstood or exaggerated the law but she knew that tree’s fruits were forbidden. Eve speaking ”but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3:3‬ Dec 6, 2020 at 2:04
  • Great question in that the serpent was cursed, but neither Adam, nor Eve were specifically cursed, but hardships were handed out--leaving room for hope. The earth was cursed "for Adam's sake, but remember, the woman was newly formed, together with her seed, out of the rib, or side, of man, rather than of the earth (The man never had a seed). The Lord God must have had something very special in mind for mankind here. Dec 6, 2020 at 3:07
  • @Adam Heeg Adam did inform Eve not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. 2¶And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
    – Efla A
    Dec 6, 2020 at 20:17
  • Brilliant question. It seems that many are too quick to confirm what they already believe, however you may have stumbled upon data that diverges from that belief.
    – Austin
    Aug 9, 2022 at 15:00

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In Genesis 3 there is a lot of finger pointing, but all were guilty except God. Adam blamed both God and the woman ("the woman you gave me"). Eve (חַוָּ֣ה) blamed the serpent. From the passage, the parallel statements are understood for the woman: "because you did this" (Ate from the tree I commanded Adam not to eat and he told you I did), and "because you listened to the voice of" the serpent.

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    Great - a simple uncomplicated and terse answer. +1.
    – Dottard
    Dec 6, 2020 at 9:52
  • @Perry Webb: I see your point. From logical reasoning, one may think "because you listened to the voice of the serpent"... but not so simple. 13¶And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. so she was deceived. So if God would say "because you listened to the serpent, I will..." that would be as if God is saying "because you were deceived by the serpent, i will..." and then it would be strange. Would any father curse his little daughter who was cheated by a villain?
    – Efla A
    Dec 6, 2020 at 20:30

Why didn't God say to woman/Eve/Chava for what sin/sins she is judged?

Because it was spelled out just a few verses earlier.

Genesis 3:2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”

According to Eve's own understanding, she was not supposed to eat.

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Yet, she ate, directly contradicting her understanding/conscience. Furthermore, she gave some to Adam, knowing it was wrong to do so.

And imagine that God was to say "BECAUSE" at that moment to the woman, what would it be?

To Eve God could have said, "Because you listened to the serpent and ate fruit from the tree about which you must not eat from it, I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”

  • Because Eve had been deceived, but Adam had not been (I Timothy 2:14). So Adam, who was supposed to be in charge, had to take the blame for both of them.
    – moron
    Oct 24, 2021 at 0:13

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