"Thou shalt not eat thereof..."

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"Thou" (singular)

Interestingly, in Genesis 2:17 "you" is plural in the Septuagint translation [1] (LXX) of the verse, following singular "thou" in verse 16. The man at this stage is alone; God is yet to say that this is not good, and is yet to form the animals and birds and bring them to be named; Eve is yet to be made from the man's rib. Plural "you" in this context may suggest that the translators of the LXX had in mind an understanding of "man" as representing all humankind.

Bruce (talk)
  1. Select "interlinear" in the options at the Katabiblion website if you're not a confident Greek reader.