18-19 : The Serpent In The Garden
THE most cunning of the beasts which the Lord had made was the serpent,
and the serpent said to the woman:
"Did God forbid you to eat the fruit of the trees of the garden?"
The woman said: "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden,
except the tree which is in the middle of the garden.
"Of this God said, 'You shall not eat of it nor touch it, lest you die.' "
"You will not die," said the serpent.
"God knows that the day you eat of the fruit your eyes shall be opened and and good for food.
She felt it was to be desired because it would make one wise.
So she picked some of the fruit and ate it,
and she gave some also to her husband who was with her, and he ate it.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked.
So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
In the cool of the day the Lord walked in the garden.
The man and the woman heard the voice of the Lord and hid themselves from his presence,
among the trees of the garden.
The Lord God called to man saying:"Where are you?"
"I have heard your voice in the garden," said man. "I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself."
"Who told you that you were naked?" asked the Lord God.
"Have you eaten the fruit of the tree from which I commanded you not to eat'"
Man said: "The woman whom you gave me to be with me, gave me fruit of the tree and I did eat."
The Lord God said to the woman: "What is this you have done?"
"The serpent tempted me," said the woman, "and I ate."
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