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…
In vers. 1-7 are indicated the human stages through which evil entered the world.
I. INDETERMINATION. This afforded the tempter an opportunity of doing three things.
1. Insinuating a doubt as to the truth of the prohibition.
2. Contradicting the sanction of the prohibition.
3. Impiously reflecting on the kindness of the prohibition. Parleying with the tempter has ever been the ruin of man.
II. SELFISM. Two impulses arose within her to an undue power.
III. SEDUCTIVENESS. Eve no sooner falls, than she becomes a tempter.
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?