From Genesis 3:4-5. "Indeed, has God said you shall not eat from any tree of the garden?". Eve replies to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat but from the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden God has said you shall not eat from it or touch it or you will die." This was told to her by Adam. The illustration is the serpent introducing the first reasonable doubt. God's exact words to Adam (Gen 2:17) are "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely, but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die." The serpent spun Eve with hints of envy and a logic behind forbidden fruit, but it was simply the choice to step out from under the offer of God's personal protection.