HAVING PRODDED AND PROVOKED CAIN and Lilith’s passions, Satan now whispered a suggestion to Adam and Eve, chortling at his craftiness. He framed the thought using their own voices, their own pronouns, as if it originated within them.
We should let Lilith and Cain spend the day together. That will reestablish trust, soothe Cain’s anger, and, hopefully, soften his bitterness toward Abel.
In their bed, Adam and Eve rolled toward one another, both animated about an idea that had simultaneously occurred to them. They whispered together. It seemed like the perfect solution. They smiled. Pride in their parenting skills showed on their faces. Completely unaware, they had grabbed up Satan’s scheme, walking right into his trap. Feeling magnanimous, forgiving, and wise, they remained completely oblivious.
Satisfaction swelled within Satan. He was so good at this!
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