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days of your life ; thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to you, and you shall eat the plants of the field. In the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, since out of it you were taken ; for dust you are and unto dust you shall return .' "-Genesis 3 :16-19, CB. e In these terms the great Judge pronounced the sentence of death upon Adam and Eve . From that very day they were as dead in God's sight, dead in trespasses and sins, as a later writer expressed it. Eve's bringing forth children showed she would live many years yet with her husband, who would have dominion over her. But this producing of children would be no fulfillment of the divine command given to them in their innocence, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it." It was no more a fulfillment of this than Adam's cultivating the soil outside of paradise was a fulfillment of that part of the same mandate which said, "Fill the earth, and subdue it ." Against Adam's subduing of the earth God cursed the ground outside of the paradise of Eden, and sentenced Adam to life-long toil in working it . Instead of Adam's subduing it, the ground was one day to absorb Adam himself when he turned back to the dust from which he had been made. Adam lived long after that sentence of death, about 930 years, in fact ; but notice that he did not live a full thousand years, nor a single one of his descendants. He lived less than a day accord6. How, then, did they die on the day they ate the forbidden fruit, and did they start filling the earth as commanded?

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