Although John 3:16 is often seen at sporting events, I happen to be flipping through Every Man’s Study Bible NLT. This passage struck me and is an example of why people say you should read the Bible, lead by the Holy Spirit and you will see the light.
I read Genesis about a month ago via the CEV translation and did not grasp this provocative verse. None of my other translations had it either or than the NLT. Using Biblegateway.com, here is what I found regarding all English translations. (Now, remember, the context is God dishing out punishment for the Original Sin.)
~32 translations say desire, including CEV, VOICE, NKJV & NIV
Then the Lord said to the woman, “You will suffer terribly when you give birth. But you will still desire your husband, and he will rule over you.”
NLT Then he said to the woman, “I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.”
ESV To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.”
EXB Then God said to the woman, “I will ·cause you to have much trouble [or increase your pain] ·when you are pregnant [in childbearing], and when you give birth to children, you will have great pain. You will greatly desire [C the word implies a desire to control; 4:7] your husband, but he will rule over you.”
MSG He told the Woman: “I’ll multiply your pains in childbirth; you’ll give birth to your babies in pain. You’ll want to please your husband, but he’ll lord it over you.”
This makes it seem as though women are innocent victims of man’s dominance. All she wants to do is please him. All he wants to do is “lord over her” the fact that all she wants to do is please him. Yea, right!
Now, here is the question; given the Battle of the Sexes, is the proper interpretation that God not only made child birth difficult, but also made woman want to give shit tests, to have desire contrary to a man’s and want to control him?
In other words, Ge 3:16 is not merely stating the way it is; it is listing the punishments for Original Sin. I used to think the verse meant, that despite painful childbirth, women will still desire sex, motherhood and marriage. Now, it seems the thought translations of the verse is adding to the punishment: painful childbirth AND lack of peace between men and women, always at odds (contrary desires) and fighting for control.
This makes the Battle of Sexes the ongoing punishment from God, challenging the claim He is all loving, merciful and forgiving methinks. Thoughts?