1Now, the snake was the most subtle of al the wild animals that Yahweh God had made. It asked thewoman, 'Did God real y say you were not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?' 2The woman answered the snake, 'We may eat the fruit of the trees in the garden. 3But of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden God said, "You must not eat it, nor touch it, underpain of death." ' 4Then the snake said to the woman, 'No! You will not die! 5God knows in fact that the day you eat it your eyes wil be opened and you wil be like gods, knowinggood from evil.' 6The woman saw that the tree was good to eat and pleasing to the eye, and that it was enticing for thewisdom that it could give. So she took some of its fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband who waswith her, and he ate it. 7Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realised that they were naked. So they sewed fig-leaves together to make themselves loin-cloths. 8The man and his wife heard the sound of Yahweh God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, andthey hid from Yahweh God among the trees of the garden. 9But Yahweh God called to the man. 'Where are you?' he asked. 10'I heard the sound of you in the garden,' he replied. 'I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.' 11'Who told you that you were naked?' he asked. 'Have you been eating from the tree I forbade you toeat?' 12The man replied, 'It was the woman you put with me; she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ateit.' 13Then Yahweh God said to the woman, 'Why did you do that?' The woman replied, 'The snake temptedme and I ate.' 14Then Yahweh God said to the snake, 'Because you have done this, Accursed be you of al animalswild and tame! On your bel y you wil go and on dust you will feed as long as you live. 15I shal put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; it wil bruiseyour head and you wil strike its heel.' 16To the woman he said: I shal give you intense pain in childbearing, you will give birth to your childrenin pain. Your yearning wil be for your husband, and he wil dominate you. 17To the man he said, 'Because you listened to the voice of your wife and ate from the tree of which Ihad forbidden you to eat, Accursed be the soil because of you! Painful y will you get your food from it as long asyou live. 18It wil yield you brambles and thistles, as you eat the produce of the land. 19By the sweat of your face will you earn your food, until you return to the ground, as you were takenfrom it. For dust you are and to dust you shall return.' 20The man named his wife 'Eve' because she was the mother of all those who live. 21Yahweh God made tunics of skins for the man and his wife and clothed them. 22Then Yahweh God said, 'Now that the man has become like one of us in knowing good from evil, hemust not be al owed to reach out his hand and pick from the tree of life too, and eat and live for ever!' 23So Yahweh God expelled him from the garden of Eden, to til the soil from which he had been taken. 24He banished the man, and in front of the garden of Eden he posted the great winged creatures andthe fiery flashing sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.
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