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To the woman he said,
“I will multiply, yes, multiply your pain in childbirth.
In pain you will bear children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.” Bible

“multiply, yes, multiply.” This is the figure of speech polyptoton. It can be also translated as “greatly multiply” or something similar. The figure catches our attention and brings emphasis to the text. [For more on polyptoton and the way it is translated, see commentary on Gen. 2:16, “eat, yes, eat”].


Commentary for: Genesis 3:16