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Genesis 3:1-24

3*  And the snake was the shrewdest of all the wild beasts that God Jehovah had made; and it said to the woman “A pity God said you were not to eat off all the trees in the garden.” 2*  And the woman said to the snake “Fruit from the trees in the garden we are to eat, 3*  but as to the fruit of this tree in the middle of the garden God said ‘You are not to eat any of it, nor touch it, or you will die’” 4  And the snake said to the woman “Die you would not; 5  but God knows that on the day you eat any of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good and bad.” 6*  And the woman saw that the tree was good for food and a fascination to the eyes, and the tree was an inviting thing to consider, and she took some of its fruit and ate it, and gave some to her husband with her, and he ate it. 7  And they both had their eyes opened and knew they were naked; and they pinned fig-leaves together and made themselves belts. 8  And they heard God Jehovah walking in the garden at the breezy part of the day; and the man and his wife hid themselves from God Jehovah among the trees of the garden. 9  And God Jehovah called out to the man “Where are you?” 10  and he said “I heard you in the garden, and was afraid because I was naked, and I hid.” 11  And he said “Who told you you were naked? have you eaten anything from the tree I ordered you not to?” 12  And the man said “The woman you put with me, she gave me something from the tree and I ate it.” 13  And God Jehovah said to the woman “What is this you have done?” and the woman said “The snake deluded me, and I ate.” 14  And God Jehovah said to the snake “Because you did this, cursed are you beyond all cattle and all wild beasts; you shall go on your belly and eat dust all your life, 15  and I will set up enmity between you and the woman and between your issue and hers, it bursting your head and you bursting its heel.” 16  To the woman he said “I will greatly increase your pains and pregnancies; in pain you shall bear children; and your impulse shall be to your husband, and he shall rule over you.” 17  And to the man he said “Because you listened to your wife’s voice and ate from the tree that I ordered you not to, cursed is the soil on your account: by pains you shall feed on it all your life, 18  and it shall sprout thorns and thistles for you, and you shall eat the herbage of the field. 19  By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you go back into the soil, because you were taken out of it. For you are clay, and into clay you shall go back.” 20*  And the man named his wife Eve, because she became the mother of all that live. 21  And God Jehovah made shirts of skin for the man and his wife, and clothed them. 22  And God Jehovah said “Here the man has become like one of us, knowing good and bad, and now he may put out his hand and take something from the tree of life too, and eat it and live forever”; 23  and God Jehovah turned him out of the garden of ʽEden to work the soil he had been taken from. 24  And he banished the man, and sent to perch on the east of the garden of ʽEden the Cherubs and the Blaze of the Whirling Sword, to guard the road to the tree of life.

Footnotes

3:1 Or said to the woman “Especially as God said Or said to the woman “Even though God said
3:2 Lit. From the fruit of the trees
3:3 Var. of the tree
3:6 Var. with her, and they
3:20 The name Eve appears to mean Life or Snake or Tribe-mother