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“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)
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) - Compare to scan of original Genesis chapter 3
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 subtle than any of the beasts of the earth which the Lord God made. And he said to the woman: Why hath God commanded you, that you should not eat of every tree of paradise?
- Douay Rheims 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
Angel Smith's comment on 2015-09-10 20:26:51:
It appears that no one else has come to the conclusion that it was truly just the most sub-til of all the Lord God's beasts being the serpent who alone did the talking to Eve our mother. Why was the serpent dead set on tempting the woman? Very simple answer...he was a snake. If the devil had used the serpent to tempt our parents then it would have left no reason for the Lord God to punish the serpent by cursing him to eat dust all the days of his life. Science has proven that snakes use to have four legs to walk on. I do believe the animals could speak when first created. God made a beautiful perfect world that we have no real picture of. God is just and righteous in all of his acts. Later on in the word of God the devil is compared to the serpent that old dragon. Where was the devil during the Garden of Eden? The bible does not tell us and we don't truly know how long they lived without sin. I believe also that Adam and Eve had a home to live in and didn't sleep on the ground like the animals. They were created in God's image. Does anyone else believe they had a house? Thank you.
nakedmind's comment on 2015-05-01 01:41:05:
I don 't think it was a snake, but a dragon That serpent of old which is found in revelations
Mike Jones's comment on 2015-02-27 14:34:53:
It is imperative that we read scriptures before this verse and further to keep things in perspective. There were physical trees that bore physical fruit for consumption. There were also two symbolic trees the tree of life Lord God and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil Satan . The fruit of these two trees is not physical but simply words and information dispensed through conversation. Listen to God and live or Satan and die: that is the essence of the commandment and warning given to Adam. Eve listened to Satan and took what she learned to Adam, who in turn listened to her. So it is clear that "serpent " used in this verse is not a literal snake, but Satan whose attributes can be described as serpent-like in his use of deception and lies to trick Eve. The bible does a wonderful job of explaining itself. We have to read it in its entirety and get out of the habit of focusing on single verses and running with them. In this case, the first three chapters of Genesis gives important information for one to understand what 3:1 is all about.
Josh's comment on 2014-11-26 10:44:29:
Robert Medina God had to have made the angels first before man ever existed. Even though that part isn 't mentioned in Genesis but later in the bible. If God made PEOPLE first, then Satan wouldn 't be able to take the form of anything if he didn 't even exist yet. Satan and his angels were kicked out of Heaven before the earth was filled with everything. Plus if Satan came to Eve in his real form, he would be too scary to look at and she would have shied away from him.
Julie B.'s comment on 2014-09-16 04:13:56:
I believe animals could speak before the fall. No surprise to Eve that the serpent was talking to her. Most people today would run from any snake much less a talking one. Given the statement that the serpent was the "most " subtle goes to say that other animals were "not so " subtle.
ROBERT MEDINA's comment on 2014-06-09 19:38:46:
All this happens before satan and his angels are thrown out from heaven?? I am confused???
mark's comment on 2014-03-14 15:21:49:
In our world you are innocent before proven guilty The Serpent s name was subtil Before he said or done anything he was counted guilty Seeing everything God has made was good behold very good Next thing you know man saw something evil Isaiah 29 21 That make a man an offender for a word and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate and turn aside the just for a thing of nought Thing of nought meaning NO DEVIL
mark's comment on 2014-03-13 15:16:29:
God did not bring the animals to Adam to see what he would name them he brought them to Adam to see what he would call them Rev 12 9
JOSE holy lodi's comment on 2013-09-22 14:47:46:
MY COMMENT IS THAT, WE SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE ON THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD. THAT JUST COMES TO TELL YOU HOW TRICKY SATAN IS, WE CAN NEVER PRAY OR READ THE BIBLE ENUFF.GOD LOVE'S US
Atrina Cherry's comment on 2013-09-12 04:13:57:
I feel the Satan hide himself using a serpent, i just only wish Eve would have been more on point i mean a snake talking to you, i would have found that really strange but we are all human and God is the perfect one, but thank him for grace and mercy. lets just pray for one another and agree on the internet prayer has no distance. we don't have to know one another just believe.
verna's comment on 2013-08-02 21:01:15:
I see the serpent appealing to the flesh of EVe, tempting her through the lust of the flesh the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. The battle is on to walk by the spirit or walk by the flesh.Eve believed Satan because she lusted after that which God said to not yield to.We live with the same choices everyday. Trust and obey God or yield to the lust of our flesh,lust of our eyes and the pride of our life.
Barry's comment on 2012-11-12 13:52:31:
A snake can't talk. It was Satan himself, the most beautiful being God ever created, that tempted Eve. Nowhere does it say a snake can talk, nowhere does it say God took away the power of speech from a snake. What other being could have tempted Eve? All the animals had been named and all the animals had been brought before Adam to try to find him a suitable helpmeet but none would do. And out of all the animals, a snake beguiled Eve? It was Satan.
Josephat Mushi's comment on 2012-06-30 11:34:21:
Always 'GOD' will remain GOD and none can take His Glory.After the assault in Heaven the satan see the door to use in order to stop the God p aim in Human
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