Genesis 3:1

Genesis 3:1 – Now the serpent was cunning, more than all the beasts of the field that the Lord God had made, and it said to the woman, “Did God indeed say, ‘You shall not eat of any of the trees of the garden?'”

 

Man’s obedience to God’s command was being tested by the serpent

It is interesting to note this serpent can talk! There was no previous mention of God creating animals with ability to talk to Man!

This cunning serpent deliberately marginalized God’s command to an opinion of lesser consequence

The serpent changed God’s command צָוָה” (tsavah) to ‘Did God indeed say אָמַ֣ר” (amar)’

Man had been warned of God to choose between life and death with regard to obedience to His command but the serpent played down the consequence of death as God had warned about