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In Genesis 3:13 we read that Eve was beguiled:

And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?
And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

In this context, what does beguiled mean?

I am not so much looking for a linguistic explanation. I have looked up the definition and etymology of the word beguile and see that there are many different meanings for the word (to charm; fascinate; to delude; influence by slyness; deceit, wile, fraud, ruse, trickery; sorcery, witchcraft).

I really want to understand what it means that Eve was beguiled.

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+1, because how did she already know she was beguiled? I've always wondered this. –  Matt Oct 4 '13 at 0:15
Perhaps the fruit actually gave her knowledge? Interesting, that could be a whole other question. –  SunSparc Oct 4 '13 at 5:06
This wasn't revealed in Scripture, and all we could possibly do is speculate. While this is certainly an interesting question, the fact that we can only speculate makes it a bad fit for a StackExchange site. Any number of plausible explanations come to mind, none of them provably correct. –  David Stratton Oct 4 '13 at 5:27
@DavidStratton Are there any Christian denominations with at least some understanding of this then? –  Matt Oct 4 '13 at 5:31
You could ask about the meaning of the word in the Hebrew and other early translations to see what perspective later Jews and Christians have had about the text over at BH.SE. But the question would need to be framed to understand the text, not a philosophical question raised by the text. –  Dan Oct 4 '13 at 6:13

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Eve when she ate of the tree of good and evil instantly became aware of the sin of disobedience and she knew she was in trouble with God when He asked her what she had done. She realizing now what the guilt of sin was, blamed the serpent who truly was the great deceiver he is. Her reply "He beguiled me." He tricked me.

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Exactly my thoughts. +1. –  jlaverde Oct 4 '13 at 12:21

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