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Genesis 3:3


but concerning the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the orchard God said, ‘You must not eat from it, and you must not touch it, 1  or else you will die.’” 2 


Ge 2:16,17; Ge 20:6; Ex 19:12,13; 1Ch 16:22; Job 1:11; Job 2:5; Job 19:21; 1Co 7:1; 2Co 6:17; Col 2:21

NET © Notes

sn And you must not touch it. The woman adds to God’s prohibition, making it say more than God expressed. G. von Rad observes that it is as though she wanted to set a law for herself by means of this exaggeration (Genesis [OTL], 86).

tn The Hebrew construction is פֶּן (pen) with the imperfect tense, which conveys a negative purpose: “lest you die” = “in order that you not die.” By stating the warning in this way, the woman omits the emphatic infinitive used by God (“you shall surely die,” see 2:17).

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