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They Were Both There

One of the most famous events of Bible History is that of Eve being deceived by Satan. The common perception of that incident is that Satan waited and caught Eve out when she was on her own, that Satan deceived her alone, after which she then went to Adam and somehow beguiled, or charmed, him into sin. From that comes the further erroneous assumption that "Satan got to Adam through his wife." The Bible however plainly states that Adam was right there with Eve the whole time that Satan was talking with her. Eve was not alone with Satan i.e. "she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her" (Genesis 3:6 KJV).

That's not to say that Satan didn't target Eve for a reason, that he talked to her rather than Adam, but the reason wasn't that she was alone - it was because she was the leader, and that Adam just stood there until, as The Lord stated, he "hearkened unto the voice of thy wife." The original Hebrew word translated in the King James Version as "hearkened" (or "listened" in other translations), pronounced shaw-maw, literally means, not just listen, but obey. They were there together, but Satan had his sights on Eve because as in any effective political ("social relationships involving authority or power") hit ("a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target"), Satan targeted the leader, Eve, not the follower, Adam. The New Testament also refers to Eve as the one deceived (i.e. 2 Corinthians 11:3), a statement that, since Adam was with her when it happened, can only logically mean that she made the decision for the both of them.

"she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her"

Eve Satan is evil, but he is also very intelligent. Targeting Eve was the smart move. If you have a clear "shot" (figuratively speaking) at both a leader and a follower at the same time, take out the leader first.

"Now the serpent was more subtle 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?"

"And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die."

"And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."

"And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons."

"And they heard the voice of The Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of The Lord God amongst the trees of the garden." (Genesis 3:1-8 KJV)

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