God cursed the serpent (Gen 3,14) and cursed the soil because of humankind, with the result that the soil would yield only brambles and thistles (Gen 3,18). God cursed Cain and banned him from the ground that received his brother’s blood (Gen 4,11). Noah cursed Canaan so that he would become his brother’s meanest slave (Gen 9,25-27). The story thus far has been owing to divine grace and forbearance.
 Cf. J. S. Kaminsky, “Loving One’s (Israelite) Neighbour: Election and Commandment in Leviticus 19,” Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, Vol. 62, no. 2, Union Theological Seminary, Virginia, (2008), 123-132, 130.