Genesis 3:1

“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?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Genesis 3:1

Now the serpent was more subtill then any beast of the field, which the LORD God had made, and he said vnto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of euery tree of the garden?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which Jehovah God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of any tree of the garden?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now the snake was wiser than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, Has God truly said that you may not take of the fruit of any tree in the garden?
- Basic English Bible

And the serpent was more crafty than any animal of the field which Jehovah Elohim had made. And it said to the woman, Is it even so, that God has said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
- Darby Bible

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made: and he said to the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
- Webster's Bible

Now the serpent was more subtle than any animal of the field which Yahweh God had made. He said to the woman, "Has God really said, 'You shall not eat of any tree of the garden?'"
- World English Bible

And the serpent hath been subtile above every beast of the field which Jehovah God hath made, and he saith unto the woman, `Is it true that God hath said, Ye do not eat of every tree of the garden?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Now the serpent was more subtle 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 any tree of the garden?'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Genesis 3:1

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 3:1


3:1-5 We have here an account of the temptation wherewith Satan assaulted our first parents, and which proved fatal to them. And here observe, The tempter, the devil in the shape of a serpent. Multitudes of them fell; but this that attacked our first parents, was surely the prince of the devils. Whether it was only the appearance of a serpent, or a real serpent, acted and possessed by the devil, is not certain. The devil chose to act his part in a serpent, because it is a subtle creature. It is not improbable, that reason and speech were then the known properties of the serpent. And therefore Eve was not surprised at his reasoning and speaking, which otherwise she must have been. That which the devil aimed at, was to persuade Eve to eat forbidden fruit; and to do this, he took the same method that he doth still. 1. He questions whether it were a sin or no, #Ge 3:1|,2. He denies that there was any danger in it, #Ge 3:4|. 3. He suggests much advantage by it, #Ge 3:5|. And these are his common topics. As to the advantage, he suits the temptation to the pure state they were now in, proposing to them not any carnal pleasure, but intellectual delights. Your eyes shall be opened - You shall have much more of the power and pleasure of contemplation than now you have; you shall fetch a larger compass in your intellectual views, and see farther into things than now you do. You shall be as gods - As Elohim, mighty gods, not only omniscient but omnipotent too: You shall know good and evil - That is, everything that is desirable to be known. To support this part of the temptation, he abuseth the name given to this tree. 'Twas intended to teach the practical knowledge of good and evil, that is, of duty and disobedience, and it would prove the experimental knowledge of good and evil, that is, of happiness and misery. But he perverts the sense of it, and wrests it to their destruction, as if this tree would give them a speculative notional knowledge of the natures, kinds, and originals of good and evil. And, All this presently, In the day you eat thereof - You will find a sudden and immediate change for the better.


Discussion for Genesis 3:1

  • Stanjett - in Reply on Genesis 3:1
    There is more to the story. Read about the war in heaven where God banished the devil to earth.
  • Iwg on Genesis 3:1
    Psalm 119:130 King James Version (KJV)

    130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple
  • Bob Hilt on Genesis 3:1
    Genesis 3 the serpent in the garden that tempted Eve.

    Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that OLD SERPENT old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

    Is the serpent a mere figure of speech?

    Was Eve speaking with a beautiful angel as mentioned in Ezekiel?

    Ezekiel Chapter 28:15 Thou [wast] perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. (Created, not born)

    16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with VIOLENCE violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

    (war in heaven Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,)

    17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy BEAUTY beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy BRIGHTNESS brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

    2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of LIGHT light.

    I do not lean towards the talking snake thing personally.
  • IwG - in Reply on Genesis 3:1
    It's not in the bible. God commanded man not to eat the fruit from the tree of life.
  • Happy Babtistcostilist - in Reply on Genesis 3:1
    Yes , Adam preached to Eve and that open the door for satin He touched the fruit and he did not die and eve knew what dieing was not breathing , so satin touch and then ate the fruit , and then said YA EAT THIS AND YOU WILL BE JUST LIKE GOD's and we all want to be like HIS SON, a GOD,
  • Happy Babtistcostilist - in Reply on Genesis 3:1
    correct so adam must have told her that , so he added to GODs WORDs so I believe that was the first sin , adam preaching to eve ,m what you think ?
  • Mishael - in Reply on Genesis 3:1
    Not trying to be disrespectful: I think Adam was busy naming animals and plants and left Eve alone too much. Enough time to contemplate "what happens if I eat this". She had encouragement from The Deceiver.

    Adam and Eve were the first marriage. We're to be equally yoked; as a team of horses pulling a cart. That's why they used to say "getting hitched".

    As a team, they both suffered loss for the breakdown of Communication!

    Adam as the head of the family was supposed to lead Eve into rightness and obedience.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Genesis 3:1
    What are you....9 yrs old?
  • Happy Babtistcostilist - in Reply on Genesis 3:1
    Truly , Truly ! ! Yes first sin was preaching , Too much preaching and not enough doing ! ! !
  • Adam - in Reply on Genesis 3:1
    Maybe you're joking or being sarcastic, but for the record just read the Bible. It's clear what the first sin was and that was eating the fruit of the forbidden tree. They were sinless before that. They sinned then were kicked out of the garden. There's no confusion about it.


 

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