toward himself, and this is the meaning of his having eaten from that tree. He saw his nakedness and was displeasing to himself because he did not have anything of his own.
Their Rejection of Guilt and the Punishment of the Serpent
25. Then, as is the custom with pride, he does not accuse himself of having consented to the woman, but pushes the fault off upon the woman. Thus, as if out of a cleverness the poor fellow had conceived, he subtly tried to attribute his sinning to God himself. For he did not just say, "The woman gave to me," but added on, "The woman you gave to me." 117. Nothing is as familiar for sinners as to want to attribute to God everything for which they are accused, and this arises from that vein of pride. For man sinned in wishing to be like God, that is, to be free from his dominion, as God is free from all dominion, since he is the Lord of all. Because he could not be equal to him in majesty, now that he has fallen and is lying in his sin, he tried to make God his equal. Or rather he wants to show that God has sinned, while he himself is innocent. When the woman is asked, she passes the guilt on to the serpent. They act as if he had received his wife in order to obey her rather than to make her obey him, or as if she had not been able to keep God's commandment rather than listen to the words of the serpent.
26. The serpent is not now questioned, but he received his punishment first, because he cannot confess his sin and has no ground at all for excusing himself. There is no mention now of that condemnation of the devil which is reserved for the last judgment, 118. that one the Lord speaks when he says, "Depart into the eternal fire, which has been prepared for the____________________