An unfavorable sense (the usual sense of the word today) is applicable to the adjective in
The change in the usual force of the word since the time of KJV is reflected in ERV, ASV and RSV and uses “cunning” or “cunningly” ten times. An example is “the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning” (
OED; HDB; R. Bridges and L. A. Weigle, The Bible Word Book (1960), 91, 92.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
For cunning the American Standard