The curse that Jehovah God had placed on the ground meant that cultivation would be a far greater task than it would have been had Adam not sinned. Lamech, Noah’s father, in connection with the thorns and thistles, expresses this level of the curse, “the painful toil of our hands.” (Gen 5:29) The curse was lifted after the flood, at which time God blessed his faithful servants Noah and his sons. (Gen 9:1) Jehovah gave Noah and his family a good start, reissued the command to multiply and fill the earth (Gen 13:10), and placed under man’s power the animal and plant realms, with no handicapping curse on the earth: “I will never again curse the soil because of man.” However, take note that the work of cultivating the entire earth given to Adam was not contained within that given to Noah. This suggests that there would not be an earth-wide paradise accomplished by imperfect man just because the curse was lifted. – Gen. 1:28; 6:17; 8:21; 9:1-17.
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