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Genesis 3:1-24

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Genesis 3:1-24

Now the serpent was most crafty among all the living things of the open country which Yahweh God had made, and he said to the woman, “Now, since God said, ‘Never eat from any tree in the garden...’ ...
but the woman replied to the serpent, “From the fruits of the trees of the garden we do eat, but of the fruits of the tree which is in the middle of the garden God said, ‘Never eat from them and never reach into it, lest you die’.
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You shall not certainly die, for God knows that in the day you both eat of it, then your eyes will be opened and you will both be divine, knowers of good and evil’.

Then the woman saw how good the tree was for food, and how attractive to the eyes and desirable the tree was for giving insight, and she took some of its fruit and she ate and gave some to the man who was with her. And he ate. So the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew themselves to be nakedly exposed, so they sewed together leaves of fig trees and made for themselves loin-cloths.

Then they heard the voice of Yahweh God going to and fro in the garden in the breath of the day, and they hid themselves, the man and his woman, away from the face of Yahweh God in amongst the trees of the garden, but Yahweh God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”,
and he replied, “Your voice I heard in the garden, and I was afraid because a naked man am I, so I hid myself.”
Then he said, “Who made you aware that you were naked? From the tree - concerning which I commanded you not to eat from it - have you eaten?”,
and the man replied, “The woman who you gave to be with me: it was her who gave to me from the tree, and I ate.”
Next Yahweh God said to the woman, “What is this thing you have done?”,
and the woman said, “The serpent led me astray, and I ate.

Then Yahweh God said to the serpent
        “Because you did this,
        cursed are you among all domesticated animals
        and among all creatures of the open country.
        Upon your belly you will go,
        and dust you will eat all the days of your life.
        Also I will ordain enmity between you and the woman,
        and between your seed and her seed:
        it is he that will bruise your head
        but you will bruise his heel.”

To the woman he said,
        “I will greatly increase your pain in pregnancy -
        with hard labour you will bear children -
        and towards your man will be your thirst,
        but it is he who will rule over you.”

Next, to Adam he said,
        “Because you listened to the voice of your woman
        and you ate from the tree about which I commanded you,
        saying, ‘you must never eat from it’,
        cursed is the ground by your curse.
        With hard labour you will eat from it all the days of your life:
        both thorns and thistles will sprout from it for you,
        but you will eat the vegetation of the field.
        By the sweat of your face you will eat bread
        until your return into the ground -
        since from this you were taken -
        because dust you are,
        and to dust you will return<.”

Then the man proclaimed that the name of his woman was Chawwah, since it was she who would become the mother of all the living, and Yahweh God made for Adam and for his woman tunics of leather, so he clothed them.

Then Yahweh God said,
“See, the man has become like one of us, having knowledge of good and evil. And now, lest he reach out his hand and take also from the tree of Living and eat, and so live indefinitely...”

So Yahweh God put him out of the garden of Eden to serve the ground out of which he had been taken. Thus he cast out the man, and he stationed before the garden of Eden the Kerubim with a fiery sword that turned in every direction, keeping watch over the way to the tree of Living.

 

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