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…
1. Incredulity. Our first parents did not believe what God had spoken was truth.
2. Unthankfulness, which is the epitome of all sin. Adam's sin was committed in the midst of paradise.
3. In Adam's sin was discontent: had he not been discontented, he would never have sought to have altered his condition. How wide was Adam's heart, that a whole world could not fill it.
4. Pride, in that he would be like God. But, by climbing too high, he got a fall.
5. Disobedience. How could God endure to see His laws trampled on before His face? This made God place a flaming sword at the end of the garden.
6. Curiosity: to meddle with that which was out of his sphere, and did not belong to him. Adam would be prying into God's secrets, and tasting what was forbidden.
7. Wantonness: though Adam had a choice of all the other trees, yet his palate grew wanton, and he must have this tree. Adam had not only for necessity, but for delight; yet his wanton palate lusted after forbidden fruit.
8. Sacrilege: the tree of knowledge was none of Adam's, yet he took of it, and did sacrilegiously rob God of His due. Sacrilege is a double theft.
9. Murder: Adam was a public person, and all his posterity were involved.
10. Presumption. One sin may have many sins in it. As in one volume there may be many works bound up, so there may be many sins in one sin. The dreadfulness of the effect: it hath corrupted men's nature. How rank is that poison a drop whereof could poison a whole sea! And how deadly is that sin of Adam, that could poison all mankind, and bring a curse upon them, till it be taken away by Him who was "made a curse for us."
( T. Watson.)
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?