The Explanation
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The Explanation

Wisdom of God or the Serpent. Which one Roused Eve?

Wisdom is a much sought after commodity. Imagine being around wise and loving people. What more could we ask for? But what is wisdom?

Serpent wisdom. Its existence, meaning, and attraction. Humans are fascinated by this debilitating wisdom.
Serpent wisdom. Its existence, meaning, and attraction. Humans are fascinated by this debilitating wisdom.

Genesis 3:6
And when the woman saw (H7200) that the tree was good (H2896) for food (H3978), and that it was pleasant (H8378) to the eyes (H5869), and a tree to be desired (H2530) to make one wise (H7919), she took of the fruit (H6529) thereof, and did eat (H398), and gave (H5414) also to her husband with her; and he did eat.

The woman saw — Observation


רָאָה râʼâh raw-aw’; a primitive root; to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative):

KJV — advise self, appear, approve, behold, ⨯ certainly, consider, discern, (make to) enjoy, have experience, gaze, take heed, ⨯ indeed, ⨯ joyfully, lo, look (on, one another, one on another, one upon another, out, up, upon), mark, meet, ⨯ be near, perceive, present, provide, regard, (have) respect, (fore-, cause to, let) see(-r, -m, one another), shew (self), ⨯ sight of others, (e-) spy, stare, ⨯ surely, ⨯ think, view, visions.Notice how the King James (KJV) translators have rendered this word, H7200, elsewhere in the Old Testament. I’ve emboldened words that you can study in their context using the Bible Study tools at It is impossible to give all the details here. But, we must see the key element.

The tree was good for food and pleasant to the eyes

מַאֲכָל maʼăkâl mah-ak-awl’; from H398 (אָכַל); an eatable (includ. provender, flesh, and fruit):

KJV — food, fruit, (bake-)meat(-s), victual.


אָכַל ʼâkal aw-kal’; a primitive root; to eat (literally or figuratively):

KJV — ⨯ at all, burn up, consume, devour(-er, up), dine, eat(-er, up), feed (with), food, ⨯ freely, ⨯ in…wise(-deed, plenty), (lay) meat, ⨯ quite.


תַּאֲוָה taʼăvâh tah-av-aw’; from H183 (אָוָה) (abbreviated); a longing; by implication, a delight (subjectively, satisfaction, objectively, a charm):

KJV — dainty, desire, ⨯ exceedingly, ⨯ greedily, lust(ing), pleasant. See also H6914 (קִבְרוֹת הַתַּאֲוָה).


אָוָה ʼâvâh aw-vaw’; a primitive root; to wish for:

KJV — covet, (greatly) desire, be desirous, long, lust (after).

A tree to be desired


חָמַד châmad khaw-mad’; a primitive root; to delight in:

KJV — beauty, greatly beloved, covet, delectable thing, ([idiom] great) delight, desire, goodly, lust, (be) pleasant (thing), precious (thing).

To make one wise

Two types of Wisdom

Ezekiel 28:12

Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus says the Lord God; You sealed up the sum, full of wisdom, (H2451) and perfect in beauty.


חׇכְמָה chokmâh khok-maw’; from H2449 (חָכַם); wisdom (in a good sense):

KJV — skilful, wisdom, wisely, wit.


שָׂכַל sâkal saw-kal’; a primitive root; to be (causatively, make or act) circumspect and hence, intelligent:

KJV — consider, expert, instruct, prosper, (deal) prudent(-ly), (give) skill(-ful), have good success, teach, (have, make to) understand(-ing), wisdom, (be, behave self, consider, make) wise(-ly), guide wittingly.

Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shalt make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success (H7919).

1 Samuel 18:5 And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely (H7919): and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.

Psalms 2:10 Be wise (H7919) now therefore, O you kings: be instructed, you judges of the earth.

Psalms 14:2 The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand (H7919), and seek God.

Psalms 32:8 I will instruct you (H7919) and teach you in the way which you shall go: I will guide you with mine eye.

Psalms 36:3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he has left off to be wise (H7919), and to do good.

Proverbs 10:5 He that gathers in summer is a wise (H7919) son: but he that sleeps in harvest is a son that causes shame.

Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words there wants not sin: but he that refrains his lips is wise (H7919).

Proverbs 14:35 The king’s favour is toward a wise (H7919) servant: but his wrath is against him that causes shame.

Proverbs 15:24 The way of life is above to the wise (H7919), that he may depart from hell beneath.

Proverbs 16:20 He that handles a matter wisely (H7919) shall find good: and whoso trusts in the Lord, happy is he.

Proverbs 16:23 The heart of the wise teaches (H7919) his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.

Exodus 36:2 And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whose heart the Lord had put wisdom (H2451), even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it:

Deuteronomy 4:6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom (2451) and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.

1 Kings 4:29 And God gave Solomon wisdom (H2451) and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.

Psalms 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (H2451): a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endures for ever.

Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom: (H2451) out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.

Isaiah 11:2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom (H2451) and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; (Sam, a prophecy referring to coming of Christ)

Isaiah 29:14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom (H2451) of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

Isaiah 33:6 And wisdom (H2451) and knowledge shall be the stability of your times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure.

Jeremiah 8:9 The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord; and what wisdom (H2451) is in them? (Sam, here we have supposed wise men)

Jeremiah 9:23 Thus says the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom (H2451), neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

Jeremiah 10:12 He (God) has made the earth by his power, he has established the world by his wisdom (H2451), and has stretched out the heavens by his discretion.

1 Corinthians 1:20–27

20 Where is the wise (sakal )? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? has not God made foolish the wisdom (sakal) of this world?

21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom (sakal) knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom (sakal):

23 But we preach Christ crucified (chacham), unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God (chacham).

25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (chacham wisdom far, far outweighs sakal wisdom)

26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise (sakal) men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise (sakal); and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

1 Corinthians 2:11–14

11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches (SAKAL wisdom), but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual (CHACHAM wisdom).

14 But the natural man receive not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

A wise man once said, Teach you me, what I do not know.

  1. Inventory of the Universe
  2. Audit of the Universe
  3. Audit of Humankind
  4. Origin of the Universe (Commentary on Genesis 1)
  5. Origin of Humankind (Commentary on Genesis 1:26–2:7)
  6. Origin of Woman (Commentary on Genesis 2:8–25)
  7. Agony of Humankind (Commentary on Genesis 3)



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Biblical Hebrew is my passion, the basis of my writing. I ministered & reside in Paris, FR. My books reveal the Bible is a 21st C. handbook.