Genesis 3:5
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New International Version
"For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

New Living Translation
"God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil."

English Standard Version
For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

New American Standard Bible
"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."

King James Bible
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

International Standard Version
"Even God knows that on the day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you'll become like God, knowing good and evil."

NET Bible
for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened. You'll be like God, knowing good and evil."

Jubilee Bible 2000
For God knows that in the day ye eat of it then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

King James 2000 Bible
For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

American King James Version
For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

American Standard Version
for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For God doth know that in what day soever you shall eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil.

Darby Bible Translation
but God knows that in the day ye eat of it, your eyes will be opened, and ye will be as God, knowing good and evil.

English Revised Version
for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.

Webster's Bible Translation
For God doth know, that in the day ye eat of it, then your eyes shall be opened: and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

World English Bible
for God knows that in the day you eat it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

Young's Literal Translation
for God doth know that in the day of your eating of it -- your eyes have been opened, and ye have been as God, knowing good and evil.'
Parallel Commentaries
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 5. - For (מאנ ־ כִּי, γαρ, for because; assigning the reason

(1) for the devil's, statement, and so,

(2) by implication, for the Divine prohibition) God doth know. Thus the serpent practically charges the Deity with

(1) envy of his creatures' happiness, as if he meant to say, Depend upon it, it is not through any fear of your dying from its fruit that the tree has been interdicted, but through fear of your becoming rivals to your Master himself; and

(2) with falsehood -

(a) in affirming that to be true which he knew to be false;

(b) in doing this while delivering his law;

(c) in pretending to be careful of man's safety while in reality he was only jealous of his own honor. That in the day ye eat thereof. Cf. the Divine prohibition (Genesis 2:17), the exact terms of which are again used - a mark of growing aggressiveness towards the woman, and of special audacity towards God. The prohibition employs the singular number, being addressed to Adam only; the devil employs the plural, as his words were meant not for Eve alone, but for her husband with her. Your eyes shall be opened. "To open the eyes," the usual Biblical phrase for restoring sight to the blind (2 Kings 6:17, 20; Psalm 146:8; Isaiah 42:7), is also used to denote the impartation of power to perceive (physically, mentally, spiritually) objects not otherwise discernible (cf. Genesis 21:19; Isaiah 35:5). Here it was designed to be ambiguous; like all Satan's oracles, suggesting to the hearer the attainment of higher wisdom, but meaning in the intention of the speaker only a discovery of their nakedness. The same ambiguity attaches to the devil's exposition of his own text. And ye shall be as gods. Literally, as Elohim; not &c θεοὶ (LXX.), sicut dii (Vulgate), as gods (A.V.), as the angels (R. Jonathan), as the devils (Ainsworth), daemonibusque, diisve similes (Rosenmüller), as princes (White); but as the supreme Deity (Calvin, Keil, Kalisch, et alia) - ostensibly a promise of divinity. Knowing good and evil. As they knew this already from the prohibition, the language must imply a fullness and accuracy of understanding such as was competent only to Elohim (vide on ver. 22)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For God doth know,.... Or "but (k) God doth know", who knows all things, and has foreknowledge of all future events; he foreknows what will be the consequence of this event, eating the fruit of this tree, that it would be so far from issuing in death, which he has threatened, that the effect of it would be a clearer understanding, and a greater degree of knowledge of things, which he is unwilling should be enjoyed, and therefore has endeavoured to prevent it by this prohibition; suggesting hereby, even in God, hatred of the creatures he had made, and unwilling they should be as happy as they might:

that in the day ye eat thereof then your eyes shall be opened; not the eyes of their bodies, as if they were now blind, but the eyes of their understanding; meaning, that their knowledge should be enlarged, and they should see things more clearly than they now did, and judge of them in a better manner; yea, even together with the light of their mind, the sight of their bodily eyes would receive some advantage; and particularly, that though they saw the nakedness of their bodies, yet it was as if they saw it not, and were unconcerned about it, and heedless of it; did not see it as unseemly and indecent, and so were not ashamed; but now they should see it as it was, and be filled with shame and confusion:

and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil: as "Elohim", which word is sometimes used of civil magistrates, sometimes of angels, and sometimes of God himself, and of the divine Persons in the Godhead: the Targum of Onkelos seems to respect the former, rendering it "as great personages", princes, judges, civil magistrates, who ought to know the difference between good and evil, or otherwise would be unfit for their office; but this cannot be the sense here, since there were no such persons in being, to whom the reference could be made; nor could it convey any proper idea to the mind of Eve, unless by them are meant principalities and powers, or "the mighty angels", as the Targum of Jonathan paraphrases the word; and so it intimates, that upon eating this fruit they should be as wise and as knowing as those intelligent creatures: though perhaps Satan might mean, such angels as himself and his were, and that they should by sad experience know the difference between good and evil, as they did: but rather it is to be understood of that Elohim that made the heavens and the earth, for as yet the word had never been used, but of the true God, and of the divine Persons in the Trinity: and this agrees with what is ironically said, Genesis 3:22 "behold the man is become as one of us", as the devil told him he should, and as he believed he would: this was the bait laid for than, suited to his intellectual mind, and to the ambitious desires of it, not being content with finite knowledge, but aiming at omniscience, or something like it: now the temptation began to take place and operate.

(k) "sed", Piscator; "quin", Schmidt.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. your eyes shall be opened—His words meant more than met the ear. In one sense her eyes were opened; for she acquired a direful experience of "good and evil"—of the happiness of a holy, and the misery of a sinful, condition. But he studiously concealed this result from Eve, who, fired with a generous desire for knowledge, thought only of rising to the rank and privileges of her angelic visitants.

Genesis 3:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Serpent's Deception
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." 6When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.…
Cross References
Isaiah 14:14
I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High."

Ezekiel 28:2
"Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "'In the pride of your heart you say, "I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas." But you are a mere mortal and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god.

Ezekiel 28:12
"Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "'You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
Treasury of Scripture

For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

God.

Exodus 20:7 You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the …

1 Kings 22:6 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four …

Jeremiah 14:13,14 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say to them, You …

Jeremiah 28:2,3 Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, I have …

Ezekiel 13:2-6,22 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, …

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

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves …

your.

Genesis 3:7,10 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were …

Matthew 6:23 But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. …

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

as gods.

Exodus 5:2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to …

2 Chronicles 32:15 Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you on this …

Psalm 12:4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our …

Ezekiel 28:2,9 Son of man, say to the prince of Tyrus, Thus said the Lord GOD; Because …

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against you, …

Daniel 4:30 The king spoke, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have …

Daniel 6:7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, …

Acts 12:22,23 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and …

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which …

2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that …

Revelation 13:4,14 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power to the beast: and …

knowing.

Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to …

Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not …

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