Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
– Genesis 3:1-6 NKJV
One may think that tricking someone would be difficult, but in this case, all the serpent had to do was ask a simple question. “Has God indeed said?” Did God really say that? Are you sure? When the serpent asked the question, he purposefully misquoted God’s directions toward them. He openly wondered if God told them not to eat from any tree in the garden.
Eve responded and told him that was incorrect. God said they may eat the fruit of the trees, just not the one in the middle. I find this interesting because the serpent didn’t have to mention the tree. He made Eve say it by asking the right question.
Eve also misquoted God. She claimed that God told them not to touch the tree. This was not what the Lord told them. However, many people believe that Adam told Eve that God said not to touch it to ensure she wouldn’t go near the tree.
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“You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.”
– Deuteronomy 4:2 NKJV
We should never subtract or add to God’s commandments because the results can be devastating, as they were in this instance. The same applies to humans, too. We should never misquote someone even if it’s done with good intentions.
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