Every once in a while you’ll hear someone talk about the curse that God placed on the ground in Genesis 3:17 -

  • Genesis 3:17 NASB
    (17) Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life.

Some are even convinced that the ground is still cursed today. But I’m not convinced of that. The following scriptures indicate that the ground is no longer cursed, that the Flood cleansed the earth and removed the curse.

  • Genesis 8:20-22 NASB
    (20) Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
    (21) The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.
    (22) “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease.”

If the ground is still cursed, what is the point of God saying that He will never curse the ground again… unless the curse had been reversed with the Flood?

Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD (Genesis 6:8). Since Noah and his family were the only ones saved through the flood, it would not make sense that God would send him out to freshly populate (Genesis 9:1) a cursed earth.

God brought the flood to destroy all of mankind “with the earth” (Genesis 6:13), so in God’s eyes it was a new (or at least a cleansed) earth onto which Noah stepped from the Ark.

Lamech, Noah’s father, prophecied of God’s plan for Noah when Noah was born and Lamech named him:

  • Genesis 5:29 NASB
    (29) Now he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the LORD has cursed.”

The curse of the ground was cleansed from the earth by the Flood, after which God promised to never curse the ground on account of man again. God promised that as long as the earth remains, there shall always be seedtime and harvest. Yes, thorns and thistles still grow, but they do not prevent man from cultivating the land and producing crops.

I don’t believe that the ground is still cursed.