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22 And the Lord God said, “Now[a] that the man has become like one of us,[b] knowing[c] good and evil, he must not be allowed[d] to stretch out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

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  1. Genesis 3:22 tn The particle הֵן (hen) introduces a foundational clause, usually beginning with “since, because, now.”
  2. Genesis 3:22 sn The man has become like one of us. See the notes on Gen 1:26 and 3:5.
  3. Genesis 3:22 tn The infinitive explains in what way the man had become like God: “knowing good and evil.”
  4. Genesis 3:22 tn Heb “and now, lest he stretch forth.” Following the foundational clause, this clause forms the main point. It is introduced with the particle פֶּן (pen) which normally introduces a negative purpose, “lest….” The construction is elliptical; something must be done lest the man stretch forth his hand. The translation interprets the point intended.