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. Once yielding to the tempter's charm gives him boldness to greater violence.
2. It is the devil's method to draw souls from doubting of God's truth to deny it.
3. It is a strong delusion of Satan to persuade a sinner that he shall not die.
4. It is the initial property of the tempter to be a lair, to deny what God affirms (ver. 4).
5. It is Satan's wile to deceive by urging God against God; and so make him vain.
6. It is Satan's falsehood to persuade that God either allows man's sin, or envies man's good and comfort.
7. The tempter dealeth in equivocations with double words and senses.
8. The time and cause of misery set by God is made the time and cause of good by Satan. That day's eating shall bring you good.
9. It is a strong temptation on man to persuade inlightning by sinning.
10. In all the light pretended, Satan intends nothing but experience of nakedness and shame.
11. Parity to God in place, not in nature, is a shrewd argument for Satan to tempt with.
12. In such arguments the devil intends to make sinners like himself.
13. Knowledge of all states and things is a powerful engine to draw man to sin (ver. 5).
14. Experience of all evil and miseries is the mark that Satan aims at in it.
(G. Hughes, B. 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?