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The serpent said to the woman, “No! You will not ‘die, yes, die.’ Bible

“die, yes, die.” The Hebrew text much more graphically shows the boldness of the serpent than do most English versions. Once he knew Eve was not clear on what God said, he blatantly and powerfully contradicted it, ending his sentence here in Genesis 3:4 with the same two verbs with the same verb tenses that God had used in His command in Genesis 2:17, with the exception that the Devil changed God’s singular to a plural to include both Adam and Eve. God used the figure polyptoton for emphasis in Genesis 2:16-17, and the Devil used it here to renounce what God had said. God said if they ate they would “die, yes, die.” The serpent said, “No! You will not ‘die, yes, die.” [For more on the figure of speech polyptoton, see commentary on Genesis 2:16].


Commentary for: Genesis 3:4