Genesis 3

The Temptation and the Fall

3:1 Now1 the serpent2 was more shrewd3

than any of the wild animals4 that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Is it really true that5 God6 said, ‘You must not eat from any tree of the orchard’?”7 3:2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat8 of the fruit from the trees of the orchard; 3:3 but concerning the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the orchard God said, ‘You must not eat from it, and you must not touch it,9 or else you will die.’”10 3:4 The serpent said to the woman, “Surely you will not die,11 3:5 for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open12 and you will be like divine beings who know13 good and evil.”14

3:6 When15 the woman saw that the tree produced fruit that was good for food,16 was attractive17 to the eye, and was desirable for making one wise,18 she took some of its fruit and ate it.19 She also gave some of it to her husband who was with her, and he ate it.20 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

The Judgment Oracles of God at the Fall

3:8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God moving about21 in the orchard at the breezy time22 of the day, and they hid23 from the Lord God among the trees of the orchard. 3:9 But the Lord God called to24 the man and said to him, “Where are you?”25 3:10 The man replied,26 “I heard you moving about27 in the orchard, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.” 3:11 And the Lord God28 said, “Who told you that you were naked?29 Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”30 3:12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave me, she gave31 me some fruit32 from the tree and I ate it.” 3:13 So the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this33 you have done?” And the woman replied, “The serpent34 tricked35 me, and I ate.”

3:14 The Lord God said to the serpent,36

“Because you have done this,

cursed37 are you above all the wild beasts

and all the living creatures of the field!

On your belly you will crawl38

and dust you will eat39 all the days of your life.

3:15 And I will put hostility40 between you and the woman

and between your offspring and her offspring;41

her offspring will attack42 your head,

and43 you44 will attack her offspring’s heel.”45

3:16 To the woman he said,

“I will greatly increase46 your labor pains;47

with pain you will give birth to children.

You will want to control your husband,48

but he will dominate49 you.”

3:17 But to Adam50 he said,

“Because you obeyed51 your wife

and ate from the tree about which I commanded you,

‘You must not eat from it,’

cursed is the ground52 thanks to you;53

in painful toil you will eat54 of it all the days of your life.

3:18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,

but you will eat the grain55 of the field.

3:19 By the sweat of your brow56 you will eat food

until you return to the ground,57

for out of it you were taken;

for you are dust, and to dust you will return.”58

3:20 The man59 named his wife Eve,60 because61 she was the mother of all the living.62 3:21 The Lord God made garments from skin63 for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. 3:22 And the Lord God said, “Now64 that the man has become like one of us,65 knowing66 good and evil, he must not be allowed67 to stretch out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 3:23 So the Lord God expelled him68 from the orchard in Eden to cultivate the ground from which he had been taken. 3:24 When he drove69 the man out, he placed on the eastern side70 of the orchard in Eden angelic sentries71 who used the flame of a whirling sword72 to guard the way to the tree of life.

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