Genesis 3:5

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For God doeth know, that in the day ye eate thereof, then your eyes shalbee opened: and yee shall bee as Gods, knowing good and euill.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"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."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For God sees that on the day when you take of its fruit, your eyes will be open, and you will be as gods, having knowledge of good and evil.
- Basic English Bible

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.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's 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."
- World English Bible

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.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

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.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Genesis 3:5

  • Small "g" god, knowing the difference between right and wrong. Knowing the difference between right and wrong is one attribute of God. Knowing this will mean we take on that attribute. But God is so much more. The reason it is a problem is because with this new found knowledge of right and wrong we seek our own understanding, and therefore subvert our ability to totally seek and relay on God in all things. This causes a separation between us and God we are no longer in Eden.
  • Clargmic for verse 5
    I think the reference to "gods " in Gen 3 5 means Satan and his cohorts, fallen angells.
  • In saying they 'd be like the gods little g Satan was saying they 'd be like he was. Lucifer 's desire to overthrow God led to his downfall. If he, through his lies, could cause Eve to believe his word rather than God 's word he would gain lordship over them. He did, for they immediately died in the spiritual sense. I believe, however, they repented, for someone taught Abel about God and that He should be worshipped. This lie has filtered down through each generation since then. Those who never sense a need to repent and come to God through the cross are mentioned in Gen 3 15 when God tells the serpent that there will be enmity between his seed and Eve 's seed. Satan 's seed, like Satan ever want to acquiesce to God 's lordship. Cain wouldn 't and displaying the enmity between Satan 's seed and Eve 's seed all who would come to God through faith , Able. Cain killed Able and remained, like his father "the god ", Satan. This is why it is a small "g " and plural Satan and his cohorts, countless demons.
  • The bible will always interpret itself. That 's what make it unique. Gen. 3 vs 5 "....be as "gods "... " Q. what is the implication of this "plurality "? "gods ". ANS. There were "others ", BUT only one "LORD GOD "! Gen. 3 vs 8,9,13,14,21,22,23 These "others " gods status cannot be compared to that of the "LORD GOD ". Jesus Christ came to bring us to the knowledge of the "LORD GOD ". It is HE that we, as "children of GOD " Christians believers, are meant to worship, abhor and relate with IJN Luke 4 vs 8, says "Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE "LORD " YOUR "GOD " AND SERVE HIM ONLY. ' " Other references DEUT. 6 13, 10 20, 1 SAM. 7 3, MATTHEW 4 10. PEACE!
  • the bible will always interpret itself. that 's what make it unique. gen. 3 5 "....be as "gods "... " Q. what is the implication of this "plurality "? "gods " A. there were "others " BUT only one "LORD GOD "! Gen. 3 8,9,13,14,21,22,23,etc these "others " gods status cannot be compared to that of the "LORD GOD ". Jesus Christ came to bring us to the knowledge of the "LORD GOD ". it is HE that we, as "children of GOD " Christians elievers, are meant to worship, abhor and relate with IJN Luke 4 8 says "Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE "LORD " YOUR "GOD " AND SERVE HIM ONLY. ' " other references DEUT. 6 13, 10 20, 1 SAM. 7 3, MATTHEW 4 10 PEACE!!!
  • Mr. Covington for verse 5
    I don 't take the Genisis story as science but as a moral allegory. "Ye shall be as Gods knowing Good and Evil " is the very first and oldest lie. It is the basis of all moral arrogance which says that Man may decide in place of God. The disobedience in eating the Fruit echoes the disobedience and doomed nature of the soul.

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