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 Genesis 3:5

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 for Genesis 3:5

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 3:5


3:6-8 Here we see what Eve's parley with the tempter ended in: Satan at length gains his point. God tried the obedience of our first parents by forbidding them the tree of knowledge, and Satan doth as it were join issue with God, and in that very thing undertakes to seduce them into a transgression; and here we find how he prevailed, God permitting it for wise and holy ends. [1.] We have here the inducements that moved them to transgress. The woman being deceived, was ring - leader in the transgression, #1Tim 2:14| She saw that the tree was - It was said of all the rest of the fruit trees wherewith the garden of Eden was planted, that they were pleasant to the sight, and good for food. She imagined a greater benefit by this tree than by any of the rest, that it was a tree not only not to be dreaded, but to be desired to make one wise, and therein excelling all the rest of the trees. This she saw, that is, she perceived and understood it by what the devil had said to her. She gave also to her husband with her - 'Tis likely he was not with her when she was tempted; surely if he had, he would have interposed to prevent the sin; but he came to her when she had eaten, and was prevailed with by her to eat likewise. She gave it to him; persuading him with the same arguements that the serpent had used with her; adding this to the rest, that she herself had eaten of it, and found it so far from being deadly that it was extremely pleasant and grateful. And he did eat - This implied the unbelief of God's word, and confidence in the devil's; discontent with his present state, and an ambition of the honour which comes not from God. He would be both his own carver, and his own master, would have what he pleased, and do what he pleased; his sin was in one word disobedience, #Rom 5:19|, disobedience to a plain, easy and express command, which he knew to be a command of trial. He sins against light and love, the clearest light and the dearest love that ever sinner sinned against. But the greatest aggravation of his sin was, that he involved all his posterity in sin and ruin by it. He could not but know that he stood as a public person, and that his disobedience would be fatal to all his seed; and if so, it was certainly both the greatest treachery and the greatest cruelty that ever was. Shame and fear seized the criminals, these came into the world along with sin, and still attend it. The Eyes of them both were opened - The eyes of their consciences; their hearts smote them for what they had done Now, when it was too late, they saw the happiness they were fallen from, and the misery they were fallen into. They saw God provoked, his favour forfeited, his image lost; they felt a disorder in their own spirits, which they had never before been conscious of; they saw a law in their members warring against the law of their minds, and captivating them both to sin and wrath; they saw that they were naked, that is, that they were stripped, deprived of all the honours and joys of their paradise state, and exposed to all the miseries that might justly be expected from an angry God; laid open to the contempt and reproach of heaven and earth, and their own consciences. And they sewed or platted fig leaves together, and, to cover, at least, part of their shame one from another, made themselves aprons. See here what is commonly the folly of those that have sinned: they are more solicitous to save their credit before men, than to obtain their pardon from God. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day - Tis supposed he came in a human shape; in no other similitude than that wherein they had seen him when he put them into paradise; for he came to convince and humble them, not to amaze and terrify them. He came not immediately from heaven in their view as afterwards on mount Sinai, but he came in the garden, as one that was still willing to be familiar with them. He came walking, not riding upon the wings of the wind, but walking deliberately, as one slow to anger. He came in the cool of the day, not in the night, when all fears are doubly fearful; nor did he come suddenly upon them, but they heard his voice at some distance, giving them notice of his coming; and probably it was a still small voice, like that in which he came to enquire after Elijah. And they hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God - A sad change! Before they had sinned, if they heard the voice of the Lord God coming towards them, they would have run to meet him, but now God was become a terror to them, and then no marvel they were become a terror to themselves.


Discussion for Genesis 3:5

  • Lester on 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 on Genesis 3:5
    I think the reference to "gods " in Gen 3 5 means Satan and his cohorts, fallen angells.
  • Sam on Genesis 3:5
    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.
  • Seun on Genesis 3:5
    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!
  • Seun on Genesis 3:5
    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 on Genesis 3:5
    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.
  • MGC on Genesis 3:5
    I find it interesting with the plurality of God, but in 3:22 when the LORD God says basically the same thing and with plurality these verses do have a higher indication to life and the afterlife.
  • Ke on 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." This indicates that there was not only one God, considering the reference is plural. Knowing good and evil refers to a higher understanding of life. As a baby, we are taught good and evil based on our social and environmental influences. In this reference, the fruit that is stated to be forbidden is a fruit that gives you a higher understanding. Which in today's society, we only understand what our social and environmental influences have taught us. So to know good and evil we must eat of that fruit otherwise we are living based on governmental morals. In other words, the forbidden fruit is Marijuanna, considering Marijuanna is technically a fruit.
  • Trent on Genesis 3:5
    The strange thing about Satan's temptation is the comments were partly true. The tree was called the 'knowledge of good and evil'- which indicates that knowledge comes from it, and he was right in that Adam and Eve would have greater awareness of good and evil. It probably is a characteristic of Gods, but it may be a stretch to say it makes them 'as Gods'. And previous, when Satan says 'You shall not surely die', contradicting God, the only thing correct about Satan's comment is that it didn't happen immediately. Adam and Eve died later, but not right away. Then there's the possibility of the afterlife, which I don't know if it was offered to Adam and Eve back then or not.


 

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