Genesis 3:4
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New International Version
"You will not certainly die," the serpent said to the woman.

New Living Translation
"You won't die!" the serpent replied to the woman.

English Standard Version
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.

New American Standard Bible
The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die!

King James Bible
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
No! You will not die," the serpent said to the woman."

International Standard Version
"You certainly will not die!" the Shining One told the woman.

NET Bible
The serpent said to the woman, "Surely you will not die,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"You certainly won't die!" the snake told the woman.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

King James 2000 Bible
And the serpent said unto the woman, You shall not surely die:

American King James Version
And the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die:

American Standard Version
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the serpent said to the woman: No, you shall not die the death.

Darby Bible Translation
And the serpent said to the woman, Ye will not certainly die;

English Revised Version
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

Webster's Bible Translation
And the serpent said to the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

World English Bible
The serpent said to the woman, "You won't surely die,

Young's Literal Translation
And the serpent saith unto the woman, 'Dying, ye do not die,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-5 Satan assaulted our first parents, to draw them to sin, and the temptation proved fatal to them. The tempter was the devil, in the shape and likeness of a serpent. Satan's plan was to draw our first parents to sin, and so to separate between them and their God. Thus the devil was from the beginning a murderer, and the great mischief maker. The person tempted was the woman: it was Satan's policy to enter into talk with her when she was alone. There are many temptations to which being alone gives great advantage; but the communion of saints tends very much to their strength and safety. Satan took advantage by finding her near the forbidden tree. They that would not eat the forbidden fruit, must not come near the forbidden tree. Satan tempted Eve, that by her he might tempt Adam. It is his policy to send temptations by hands we do not suspect, and by those that have most influence upon us. Satan questioned whether it were a sin or not, to eat of this tree. He did not disclose his design at first, but he put a question which seemed innocent. Those who would be safe, need to be shy of talking with the tempter. He quoted the command wrong. He spoke in a taunting way. The devil, as he is a liar, so he is a scoffer from the beginning; and scoffers are his children. It is the craft of Satan to speak of the Divine law as uncertain or unreasonable, and so to draw people to sin; it is our wisdom to keep up a firm belief of God's command, and a high respect for it. Has God said, Ye shall not lie, nor take his name in vain, nor be drunk, &c.? Yes, I am sure he has, and it is well said; and by his grace I will abide by it. It was Eve's weakness to enter into this talk with the serpent: she might have perceived by his question, that he had no good design, and should therefore have started back. Satan teaches men first to doubt, and then to deny. He promises advantage from their eating this fruit. He aims to make them discontented with their present state, as if it were not so good as it might be, and should be. No condition will of itself bring content, unless the mind be brought to it. He tempts them to seek preferment, as if they were fit to be gods. Satan ruined himself by desiring to be like the Most High, therefore he sought to infect our first parents with the same desire, that he might ruin them too. And still the devil draws people into his interest, by suggesting to them hard thoughts of God, and false hopes of advantage by sin. Let us, therefore, always think well of God as the best good, and think ill of sin as the worst evil: thus let us resist the devil, and he will flee from us.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - And the serpent said unto the woman. "As God had preached to Adam, so Satan now also preaches to Eve... The object of Satan was to draw away Eve by his word or saying from that which God had said" (Luther). Ye shall not surely die. Lo-moth temuthun (the negative 16 preceding the infinitive absolute, as in Psalm 49:8 and Amos 9:8; its position here being determined by the form of the penalty, Genesis 2:17, to which the devil's language gives the direct negative. Vide Ewald, 'Hebrews Synt.,' § 312). Thus the second step in his assault is to challenge the Divine veracity, in allusion to which it has been thought our Savior calls Satan a liar (cf. John 8:44: ὅταν λαλῇ τὸ ψεῦδος ἐκ τῶν ἰδίων λαλεῖ ὁτι ψεύστης ἐστιν καὶ ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ). "Here, as far as we know, is his first begottten lie" (Bush).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the serpent said unto the woman,.... In reply to her answer:

ye shall not surely die; in direct contradiction to the divine threatening, and which he would insinuate was a mere threatening, and which God never intended to put in execution; so that they had nothing to fear from that, God would never be so rigid and severe, and beat so hard upon them as to put them to death for such an offence, if it was one; he only gave out the menace to frighten them, and deter from it: however, at most it was not a certain thing they should die, and they might safely conclude they would not.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. Ye shall not surely die—He proceeded, not only to assure her of perfect impunity, but to promise great benefits from partaking of it.

Genesis 3:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Serpent's Deception
3but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'" 4The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! 5"For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."…
Cross References
John 8:44
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

2 Corinthians 11:3
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

Genesis 3:3
but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"
Treasury of Scripture

And the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die:

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John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you …

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Genesis 3:13 And the LORD God said to the woman, What is this that you have done? …

Deuteronomy 29:19 And it come to pass, when he hears the words of this curse, that …

2 Kings 1:4,6,16 Now therefore thus said the LORD, You shall not come down from that …

2 Kings 8:10 And Elisha said to him, Go, say to him, You may certainly recover: …

Psalm 10:11 He has said in his heart, God has forgotten: he hides his face; he …

2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant …

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through …

1 Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the …

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