9. This evil monger IS THE EVIL INCLINATION. As written, "The serpent was craftier" (Beresheet 3:2). He, too, hurries to dwell in man before his colleague, THE GOOD INCLINATION, comes to dwell in him. And because he arrived early to plead his case, when his colleague, who is the Good Inclination, comes later, it is difficult for man to unite with it! And he cannot raise his head, as if he carried on his shoulders all the burdens of the world. All this is because the Evil One came first. Of this, Solomon said, "The Poor man's wisdom is despised and his words are not heard" (Kohelet 9:16), because the other one arrived earlier.