Genesis 3:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 3:2, NIV: "The woman said to the serpent, 'We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,"

Genesis 3:2, ESV: "And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden,"

Genesis 3:2, KJV: "And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:"

Genesis 3:2, NASB: "The woman said to the serpent, 'From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;"

Genesis 3:2, NLT: "'Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,' the woman replied."

Genesis 3:2, CSB: "The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden."

What does Genesis 3:2 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the previous verse, the crafty serpent—most likely Satan in control of an animal, or taking on an animal form—began his temptation of the first woman. This conversation is his attempt to convince her to disobey God. He starts with a question he knows the answer to, one apparently intended to draw her into judging God's character. This begins by encouraging her to consider, or even to doubt, God's command: Did God really say you can't eat from any tree in the garden?

Verses 2 and 3 describe the woman's response. She immediately corrects the serpent: "We may eat the fruit of the trees in the garden." This part of the response is all well and good. Her answer is correct, but getting her to talk is part of the Devil's trap. The end of her response, in the following verse, shows the woman doesn't have a clear understanding of God's command.