Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, Yes, has God said…
I. THE AUTHOR OF THIS FIRST LIE. Satan. Devil. Deceiver.
II. THE NATURE OF THE LIE UTTERED. Direct falsification of God's threatening.
III. A MOST DARING AND PRESUMPTUOUS LIE. A challenge of the Almighty.
IV. A MOST MALIGNANT AND ENVIOUS LIE.
V. A DESTRUCTIVE, MURDEROUS LIE. It slew our first parents: destroyed their innocency — blinded their minds — defiled their consciences — and overspread their souls with leprous defilement and guilt.
VI. THE GERM OF ALL UNREALNESS AND DECEPTION THAT SHOULD CURSE MANKIND.
VII. A LYING ENTANGLEMENT FROM WHICH HUMANITY COULD NOT EXTRICATE ITSELF.
VIII. JESUS, THE DIVINE TRUTH, CAME TO DELIVER US FROM THIS LIE AND ITS RESULTS.
IX. THE GOSPEL IS THE DELIVERING POWER FROM SATAN'S FALSEHOODS.
(J. Burns, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?