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The First Book of Adam and Eve

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First Book of Adam and Eve: The Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan

Originally translated by Dr. S. C. Malan and Dr. E. Trumpp.



Chapter I - The Crystal Sea, Yahweh commands Adam, expelled from Eden, to live in the Cave of Treasures.

1 On the third day, Yahweh planted the garden in the east of the earth, on the border of the world eastward, beyond which, towards the sun-rising, one finds nothing but water that encompasses the whole world, and reaches to the borders of heaven.
2 To the north of the garden there is a sea of water, clear and pure to the taste, unlike anything else. Through the clearness of it, one may look into the depths of the earth.
3 When a man washes himself in it, he becomes clean from the cleanness thereof, and white from its whiteness, even if he were dark.
4 Yahweh created that sea of His own good pleasure. He knew what would come of the man He would make, after he left the garden on account of his transgression, men should be born in the earth. Among them are righteous ones who will die, whose souls Yahweh would raise at the last day, when all of them will return to their flesh, bathe in the water of that sea, and repent of their sins.
5 But when Yahweh made Adam go out of the garden, He did not place him on the border of it northward. This was so that he and Eve would not be able to go near to the sea of water where they could wash themselves in it, be cleansed from their sins, erase the transgression they had committed, and be no longer reminded of it in the thought of their punishment.
6 As to the southern side of the garden, Yahweh did not want Adam to live there either. When the wind blew from the north, it would bring him, on that southern side, the delicious smell of the trees of the garden.
7 Wherefore Yahweh did not put Adam there. This was so that he would not be able to smell the sweet smell of those trees, forget his transgression, and find consolation for what he had done by taking delight in the smell of the trees and yet not be cleansed from his transgression.
8 Again, Yahweh is merciful, of great pity, and governs all things in a way that He alone knows. He made our father Adam live in the western border of the garden, because on that side the earth is very broad.
9 Yahweh commanded him to live there in a cave in a rock, the Cave of Treasures below the garden.

Chapter II - Adam and Eve faint when they leave the Garden. Yahweh sends His Word to encourage them.

1 When our father Adam, and Eve, went out of the garden, they walked the ground on their feet, not knowing they were walking.
2 When they came to the opening of the gate of the garden, and saw the broad earth spread before them, covered with stones large and small, and with sand, they feared and trembled, fell on their faces from the fear that came over them, and they were as dead.
3 Until this time they had been in the garden land, beautifully planted with all manner of trees. Now they saw themselves in a strange land, which they did not know, and had never seen.
4 When they were in the garden they were filled with the grace of a bright nature, and they did not have hearts turned toward earthly things.
5 Therefore Yahweh had pity on them. When He saw them fallen before the gate of the garden, He sent His Word to our father, Adam and Eve, and raised them from their fallen state.

Chapter III - Concerning the promise of the great five and a half days.

1 Yahweh said to Adam: "I have ordained days and years on this earth. You and your descendants will live and walk in them, until the days and years are fulfilled. Then I will send the Word which created you, and against which you transgressed, the Word who made you come out of the garden, and who raised you when you were fallen.
2 Yes, the Word who will again save you when the five and a half days are fulfilled."
3 When Adam heard these words from Yahweh, and of the great five and a half days, he did not understand the meaning of them.
4 Adam was thinking there would be only five and a half days for him until the end of the world.
5 Adam cried, and prayed to Yahweh to explain it to him.
6 Then Yahweh, in his mercy for Adam who was made after His own image and likeness, explained to him that these were 5,000 and 500 years. Then One would come and save him and his descendants.
7 Before that, Yahweh made this covenant with our father, Adam, in the same terms, before he came out of the garden, when he was by the tree where Eve took of the fruit and gave it to him to eat.
8 When our father Adam came out of the garden, he passed by that tree, and saw how Yahweh had changed the appearance of it into another form, how it shriveled.
9 As Adam went to it he feared, trembled, and fell down. Yahweh in His mercy lifted him up, and then made this covenant with him.
10 Again, when Adam was by the gate of the garden, he saw the cherub with a sword of flashing fire in his hand. The cherub grew angry and frowned at him, both Adam and Eve became afraid of him, and thought he meant to put them to death. So they fell on their faces, trembling with fear.
11 He had pity on them, and showed them mercy. Turning from them he went up to heaven, prayed to the Master, and said:
12 "Master, You sent me to watch at the gate of the garden, with a sword of fire.
13 But when Your servants, Adam and Eve, saw me, they fell on their faces, and were as dead. O my Master, what will we do to Your servants?"
14 Yahweh had pity on them, showed them mercy, and sent His Malak to keep the garden.
15 The Word of the Master came to Adam and Eve, and raised them up.
16 The Master said to Adam: "I told you that at the end of the five and a half days, I will send my Word and save you.
17 Strengthen your heart, therefore, and stay in the Cave of Treasures, of which I spoke to you before."
18 When Adam heard this Word from Yahweh, he was comforted with what Yahweh told him. For He told him how He would save him.

Chapter IV - Adam mourns over the changed conditions. Adam and Eve enter the Cave of Treasures.

1 Adam and Eve cried for having come out of the garden, their first home.
2 Indeed, when Adam looked at his flesh, which was altered, he cried bitterly, he and Eve, over what they did. They walked, and went gently down into the Cave of Treasures.
3 As they came to it, Adam cried over himself, and said to Eve: "Look at this cave that is to be our prison in this world, and a place of punishment!
4 What is it compared with the garden? What is its narrowness compared with the space of the other?
5 What is this rock, by the side of those groves? What is the gloom of this cavern, compared with the light of the garden?
6 What is this overhanging ledge of rock to shelter us, compared with the mercy of the Master that overshadowed us?
7 What is the soil of this cave compared with the garden land? This earth strewn with stones, that planted with delicious fruit trees?"
8 Adam said to Eve: "Look at your eyes, and at mine, which before beheld malaks praising in heaven (they without ceasing).
9 But now we do not see as we did, our eyes are become flesh, they cannot see like they used to see before."
10 Adam said again to Eve: "What is our body today, compared to what it was in former days, when we lived in the garden?"
11 After this Adam did not want to enter the cave, under the overhanging rock, nor would he ever want to enter it.
12 But he bowed to Yahweh's orders, and said to himself: "Unless I enter the cave, I will be a transgressor again."

Chapter V - Eve makes a noble and emotional intercession, taking the blame on herself.

1 Adam and Eve entered the cave, and stood praying (in their own tongue, unknown to us, but which they knew well).
2 As they prayed, Adam raised his eyes and saw the rock and the roof of the cave that covered him overhead. This prevented him from seeing either heaven or Yahweh's creatures. So he cried and beat his chest hard, until he dropped, and was as dead.
3 Eve sat crying, for she believed he was dead.
4 Then she got up, spread her hands toward Yahweh, appealed to Him for mercy and pity, and said: "O Yahweh, forgive me my sin, the sin which I committed, and don't remember it against me.
5 I alone caused Your servant to fall from the garden into this condemned land. From light into this darkness, and from the house of joy into this prison.
6 O Yahweh, look at this Your servant fallen in this manner, and bring him back to life, that he may cry and repent of his transgression which he committed through me.
7 Don't take away his soul right now. Let him live that he may stand after the measure of his repentance, and do Your will, as before his death.
8 But if You do not bring him back to life, then, O Yahweh, take away my own soul, that I am like him. Do not leave me in this dungeon, one and alone. I could not stand alone in this world, but with him only.
9 O Yahweh, by Your divine power you caused him to fall asleep, took a bone from his side, and restored the flesh in the place of it.
10 You took me, the bone, and make me a woman, bright like him, with heart, reason, and speech. In flesh, like to his own. You made me after the likeness of his looks, by Your mercy and power.
11 O Master, I and he are one. You, O Yahweh, are our Creator. You are He who made us both in one day.
12 Therefore, O Yahweh, give him life, that he may be with me in this strange land, while we live in it on account of our transgression.
13 But if You will not give him life, then take me, even me, like him, that we both may die the same day."
14 Eve cried bitterly, and fell on our father Adam from her great sorrow.

Chapter VI - Yahweh's reprimand to Adam and Eve in which He points out how and why they sinned.

1 Yahweh looked at them, they had killed themselves through great grief.
2 He decided to raise them and comfort them.
3 He sent His Word to them, they should stand and be raised immediately.
4 The Master said to Adam and Eve: "You transgressed of your own free will, until you came out of the garden in which I had placed you.
5 Of your own free will you transgressed through your desire for divinity, greatness, and an exalted state, such as I have. So I deprived you of the bright nature in which you were then, and I made you come out of the garden to this land, rough and full of trouble.
6 If only you had not transgressed My commandment and had kept My law, and had not eaten of the fruit of the tree which I told you to not come near! There were fruit trees in the garden better than that one.
7 The wicked Satan did not keep his faith, and had no good intent towards Me. Although I created him, he considered Me to be useless, and sought the god-head for himself. For this I hurled him down from heaven so that he could not remain in his first estate. It was he who made the tree appear pleasant in your eyes, until you ate of it, by believing his words.
8 Thus you transgressed My commandment, and therefore I brought all these sorrows on you.
9 I am Yahweh the Creator, who, when I created My creatures, did not intend to destroy them. But after they sorely rouse My anger, I punish them with grievous plagues, until they repent.
10 But, if on the contrary, they still continue hardened in their transgression, they will be under a curse forever."

Chapter VII - The beasts are appeased.

1 When Adam and Eve heard these words from Yahweh, they cried and sobbed yet more. But they strengthened their hearts in Yahweh, because now they felt that the Master was to them like a father and a mother. For this very reason, they cried before Him, and sought mercy from Him.
2 Then Yahweh had pity on them, and said: "O Adam, I made My covenant with you, and I will not turn from it. Neither will I let you return to the garden, until My covenant of the great five and a half days is fulfilled."
3 Then Adam said to Yahweh: "O Master, You created us, and made us fit to be in the garden. Before I transgressed, You made all beasts come to me, that I should name them.
4 Your grace was on me then. I named every one according to Your mind, and you made them all subject to me.
5 But now, O Master Yahweh, that I have transgressed Your commandment, all beasts will rise against me and will devour me and Eve Your handmaid, and will cut off our life from the face of the earth.
6 I therefore beg you, O Yahweh, that since You have made us come out of the garden, and have made us be in a strange land, You will not let the beasts hurt us."
7 When the Master heard these words from Adam, He had pity on him, and felt that he had truly said that the beasts of the field would rise and devour him and Eve, because He, the Master, was angry with the two of them on account of their transgressions.
8 Then Yahweh commanded the beasts, the birds, and all that moves on the earth, to come to Adam, to be familiar with him; and to not trouble him and Eve nor any of the good and righteous among their offspring.
9 Then all the beasts paid homage to Adam, according to the commandment of Yahweh, except the serpent, against which Yahweh was angry. It did not come to Adam with the beasts.

Chapter VIII - The "Bright Nature" of man is taken away.

1 Adam cried, and said: "O Yahweh, when we lived in the garden, and our hearts were lifted up, we saw the angels that sang praises in heaven. But now we can't see like we used to, when we entered the cave all creation became hidden from us."
2 Then Yahweh the Master said to Adam: "When you were under subjection to Me, you had a bright nature within you, and for that reason you could see things far away. But after your transgression your bright nature was withdrawn from you. It was not left to you to see things far away, but only near at hand, after the ability of the flesh, which is brutish."
3 When Adam and Eve heard these words from Yahweh, they went their way, praising and worshipping Him with a sorrowful heart.
4 Yahweh ceased to commune with them.

Chapter IX - Water from the Tree of Life. Adam and Eve near drowning.

1 Adam and Eve came out of the Cave of Treasures, and went near to the garden gate, and there they stood to look at it, and cried for having come away from it.
2 Adam and Eve went from before the gate of the garden to the southern side of it, and found there the water that watered the garden, from the root of the Tree of Life, and that split itself from there into four rivers over the earth.
3 They came and went near to that water, looked at it, and saw that it was the water that came forth from under the root of the Tree of Life in the garden.
4 Adam cried and wailed, beat his chest for being severed from the garden, and said to Eve:
5 "Why did you bring on me, on yourself, and on our descendants, so many of these plagues and punishments?"
6 Eve said to him: "What is it you saw that caused you to cry and to speak to me in this manner?"
7 He said to Eve: "Do you not see this water that was with us in the garden, that watered the trees of the garden, and flowed out from there?
8 When we were in the garden, we did not care about it. Since we came to this strange land we love it, and turn it to use for our body."
9 When Eve heard these words from him, she cried. From the soreness of their crying, they fell into that water. They would have put an end to themselves in it, so as to never again return and behold the creation. When they looked at the work of creation, they felt they must put an end to themselves.

Chapter X - Their bodies need water after they leave the garden.

1 Yahweh, merciful and gracious, looked at them lying in the water, close to death. He sent a malak who brought them out of the water, and laid them on the seashore as dead.
2 The malak went up to Yahweh, was welcome, and said: "O Yahweh, Your creatures have breathed their last."
3 Then Yahweh sent His Word to Adam and Eve, who raised them from their death.
4 After he was raised, Adam said: "O Yahweh, while we were in the garden we did not require, or care for, this water. Since we came to this land we cannot do without it."
5 Yahweh said to Adam: "While you were under My command and were a bright nature, you did not know this water.
6 But now that you have transgressed My commandment, you can not do without water, wherein to wash your body and make it grow. It is now like that of beasts, and is in want of water."
7 When Adam and Eve heard these words from Yahweh, they cried a bitter cry. Adam entreated Yahweh to let him return into the garden, and look at it a second time.
8 Yahweh said to Adam: "I made you a promise. When that promise is fulfilled, I will bring you back into the garden, you and your righteous descendants."
9 Yahweh ceased to commune with Adam.

Chapter XI - A recollection of the glorious days in the Garden.

1 Then Adam and Eve felt themselves burning with thirst, heat, and sorrow.
2 Adam said to Eve: "We will not drink of this water, even if we were to die. O Eve, when this water comes into our inner parts, it will increase our punishments and that of our descendants."
3 Both Adam and Eve then went away from the water, and drank none of it at all, but came and entered the Cave of Treasures.
4 When in it Adam could not see Eve, he only heard the noise she made. Neither could she see Adam, but heard the noise he made.
5 Then Adam cried, in deep affliction, and beat his chest. He got up, and said to Eve: "Where are you?"
6 She said to him: "Look, I am standing in this darkness."
7 He said to her: "Remember the bright nature in which we lived, when we lived in the garden!
8 O Eve! Remember the glory which rested on us in the garden. O Eve! Remember the trees that overshadowed us in the garden while we moved among them.
9 O Eve! Remember while we were in the garden, we knew neither night nor day. Think of the Tree of Life, from below which flowed the water, and that shed lustre over us! Remember, O Eve, the garden land, and the brightness thereof!
10 Think, oh think of that garden in which was no darkness while we lived in it.
11 Whereas no sooner did we come into this Cave of Treasures than darkness surrounded us all around. We can no longer see each other, all the pleasure of this life has come to an end."

Chapter XII - How darkness came between Adam and Eve.

1 Adam beat his chest, he and Eve, and they mourned the whole night until the crack of dawn. They sighed over the length of the night in Miyazia.
2 Adam beat himself, threw himself on the ground in the cave from bitter grief, and because of the darkness, and lay there as dead.
3 Eve heard the noise he made in falling on the ground. She felt about for him with her hands, and found him like a corpse.
4 She was afraid, speechless, and remained by him.
5 The merciful Master looked on the death of Adam, and on Eve's silence from fear of the darkness.
6 The Word of Yahweh came to Adam, raised him from his death, and opened Eve's mouth that she might speak.
7 Then Adam stood up in the cave, and said: "O Yahweh, why does light depart from us, and darkness cover us? Why did you leave us in this long darkness? Why do you plague us like this?
8 This darkness, O Master, where was it before it covered us? It is because of this that we cannot see each other.
9 For so long as we were in the garden, we neither saw nor even knew what darkness is. I was not hidden from Eve, neither was she hidden from me. Until now she cannot see me, no darkness came over us to separate us from each other.
10 She and I were both in one bright light. I saw her and she saw me. Yet now since we came into this cave, darkness covers us, and separates us from each other, so that I do not see her, and she does not see me.
11 O Master, will You then plague us with this darkness?"

Chapter XIII - The fall of Adam. Why night and day were created.

1 When Yahweh, who is merciful and full of pity, heard Adam's voice, He said to him:
2 "O Adam, so long as the good malak was obedient to Me, a bright light rested on him and on his hosts.
3 But when he transgressed My commandment, I deprived him of that bright nature, and he became dark.
4 When he was in the heavens, in the realms of light, he knew nothing of darkness.
5 But he transgressed, and I made him fall from the heaven onto the earth. It was this darkness that came over him.
6 And on you, O Adam, while in My garden and obedient to Me, that bright light did also rest.
7 When I heard of your transgression, I deprived you of that bright light. Yet, of My mercy, I did not turn you into darkness. I made you a body of flesh, over which I spread this skin, in order that it may bear cold and heat.
8 If I had let My wrath fall heavily on you, I should have destroyed you. Had I turned you into darkness, it would have been as if I had killed you.
9 But in My mercy, I made you as you are. When you transgressed My commandment, O Adam, I drove you from the garden, and made you come forth into this land. I commanded you to live in this cave, and darkness covers you, as it did over him who transgressed My commandment.
10 Thus, O Adam, does this night deceive you. It is not to last forever, but is only of twelve hours. When it is over, daylight will return.
11 Do not sigh, therefore, neither be moved. Do not say in your heart that this darkness is long, and drags on wearily. Do not say in your heart that I plague you with it.
12 Strengthen your heart, and do not be afraid. This darkness is not a punishment. O Adam, I made day, and placed the sun in it to give light, in order that you and your children should do your work.
13 I knew you would sin and transgress, and come out into this land. I wouldn't force you, nor be heard over you, nor shut up; nor doom you through your fall; nor through your coming out from light into darkness; nor yet through your coming from the garden into this land.
14 I made you of the light. I willed to bring out children of light from you and like to you.
15 But you did not keep My commandment one day so I could finish the creation and bless everything in it.
16 Then, concerning the tree, I commanded you to not eat of it. Yet I knew that Satan, who deceived himself, would also deceive you.
17 So I made known to you by means of the tree, to not come near him. I told you to not eat the fruit thereof, nor to taste of it, nor yet to sit under it, nor to yield to it.
18 Had I not been and spoken to you, O Adam, concerning the tree, and had I left you without a commandment, and you had sinned, it would have been an offence on My part. For having not given you any order, you would turn around and blame Me for it.
19 But I commanded you, warned you, and you fell. My creatures cannot blame Me, the blame rests on them alone.
20 O Adam, I made day so that you and your descendants can work and toil in it. I made the night for them to rest in from their work, and for the beasts of the field to go forth by night and look for their food.
21 Little of darkness now remains, O Adam, and daylight will soon appear."

Chapter XIV - The earliest prophesy of the coming of Messiyah.

1 Then Adam said to Yahweh: "O Master, take my soul, and let me not see this gloom any more. Or remove me to some place where there is no darkness."
2 Yahweh the Master said to Adam: "Indeed I say to you, this darkness will pass from you. Every day I have determined for you, until the fulfillment of My covenant. Then I will save you and bring you back again into the garden, into the house of light you long for, in which there is no darkness. I will bring you to it, in the kingdom of heaven."
3 Again Yahweh said to Adam: "All this misery that you took on yourself because of your transgression will not free you from the hand of Satan, and will not save you.
4 But I will. When I come down from heaven, become flesh of your descendants, and take on Myself the infirmity from which you suffer, then the darkness that covers you in this cave will cover Me in the grave, when I am in the flesh of your descendants.
5 I, who am without years, will be subject to the reckoning of years, of times, of months, and of days. I will be reckoned as one of the sons of men, in order to save you."
6 And Yahweh ceased to commune with Adam.

Chapter XV - Adam and Eve grieve over the suffering of Yahweh to save them from their sins.

1 Then Adam and Eve cried and sorrowed by reason of Yahweh's word to them, that they should not return to the garden until the fulfillment of the days decreed on them, but mostly because Yahweh had told them that He should suffer for their salvation.

Chapter XVI - The first sunrise. Adam and Eve think it is a fire coming to burn them.

1 After this, Adam and Eve continued to stand in the cave, praying and crying, until the morning dawned on them.
2 When they saw the light returned to them, they restrained from fear, and strengthened their hearts.
3 Then Adam came out of the cave. He came to the mouth of it, stood, turned his face towards the east, and saw the sunrise in glowing rays. When he felt the heat thereof on his body, he was afraid of it, and thought in his heart that this flame came forth to plague him.
4 He cried and beat his chest, then he fell on the ground on his face, and made his request, saying:
5 "O Master, do not plague me, neither consume me, nor yet take away my life from the earth."
6 For he thought the sun was Yahweh.
7 While he was in the garden and heard the voice of Yahweh and the sound He made in the garden, and feared Him, Adam never saw the brilliant light of the sun, neither did its flaming heat touch his body.
8 Therefore he was afraid of the sun when flaming rays of it reached him. He thought Yahweh meant to plague him therewith all the days He had decreed for him.
9 For Adam said in his thoughts, as Yahweh did not plague us with darkness, behold, He causes this sun to rise and to plague us with burning heat.
10 While he was thinking like this in his heart, the Word of Yahweh came to him, and said:
11 "O Adam, get up on your feet. This sun is not Yahweh. It was created to give light by day, of which I spoke to you in the cave, saying; 'the dawn would come, and there would be light by day.'
12 I am Yahweh who comforted you in the night."
13 And Yahweh ceased to commune with Adam.

Chapter XVII - The Chapter of the Serpent.

1 Then Adam and Eve came out at the mouth of the cave, and went towards the garden.
2 As they went near it, before the western gate, from which Satan came when he deceived Adam and Eve, they found the serpent that became Satan coming at the gate, sorrowfully licking the dust, and wiggling on its breast on the ground by reason of the curse that fell on it from Yahweh.
3 Whereas before the serpent was the most exalted of all beasts, now it was changed and become slippery, the meanest of them all, it crept on its breast and went on its belly.
4 Whereas it was the fairest of all beasts, it had been changed, and was become the ugliest of them all. Instead of feeding on the best food, now it turned to eat the dust. Instead of living in the best places, as before, now it lived in the dust.
5 Whereas it was the most beautiful of all beasts, all of which stood dumb at its beauty, it was now abhorred of them.
6 Again, whereas it lived in one beautiful home, to which all other animals came from elsewhere; and where it drank, they drank also of the same; now it had become venomous by reason of Yahweh's curse, and all beasts fled from its home, fled from it, and would not drink of the water it drank.

Chapter XVIII - The mortal combat with the serpent.

1 When the accursed serpent saw Adam and Eve, it swelled its head, stood on its tail, and with eyes blood-red, acted like it would kill them.
2 It made straight for Eve, and ran after her. Adam, standing by, cried because he had no stick in his hand with which to hit the serpent, and did not know how to put it to death.
3 But with a heart burning for Eve, Adam approached the serpent, and held it by the tail. It turned towards him, and said to him:
4 "O Adam, because of you and of Eve, I am slippery, and go on my belly." Then with its great strength, it threw down Adam and Eve, squeezed them, and tried to kill them.
5 But Yahweh sent a malak who threw the serpent away from them, and raised them up.
6 Then the Word of Yahweh came to the serpent, and said to it: "The first time I made you slick, and made you to go on your belly, but I did not deprive you of speech.
7 This time, however, you will be mute, you and your race will speak no more. The first time My creatures were ruined because of you, and this time you tried to kill them."
8 The serpent was struck mute, and was no longer able to speak.
9 A wind blew down from heaven by the command of Yahweh and carried away the serpent from Adam and Eve, and threw it on the seashore where it landed in India.

Chapter XIX - Beasts made subject to Adam.

1 Adam and Eve cried before Yahweh. Adam said to Him:
2 "O Master, when I was in the cave, I said this to you, my Master, the beasts of the field would rise and devour me, and cut off my life from the earth."
3 Then Adam, because of what happened to him, beat his chest, and fell on the ground like a corpse. Then the Word of Yahweh came to him, raised him, and said to him:
4 "O Adam, not one of these beasts will be able to hurt you. I made the beasts and other moving things come to you in the cave. I did not let the serpent come with them because it might have risen against you and made you tremble, and the fear of it should fall into your hearts.
5 I knew the accursed one is wicked, therefore I would not let it come near you with the other beasts.
6 Strengthen your heart and do not fear. I am with you to the end of the days I determined on you."

Chapter XX - Adam wishes to protect Eve.

1 Then Adam cried, and said: "O Yahweh, take us away to some other place, where the serpent can not come near us again, and rise against us. I fear that it might find Your handmaid Eve alone and kill her, for its eyes are hideous and evil."
2 Yahweh said to Adam and Eve: "From now on, don't be afraid, I will not let it come near you. I drove it away from you, from this mountain. Neither will I leave in it the ability to hurt you."
3 Then Adam and Eve worshipped before Yahweh, gave Him thanks, and praised Him for having delivered them from death.

Chapter XXI - Adam and Eve attempt suicide.

1 Then Adam and Eve went in search of the garden.
2 The heat beat like a flame on their faces, they sweated from the heat, and cried before the Master.
3 The place where they cried was close to a high mountain, facing the western gate of the garden.
4 Adam threw himself down from the top of that mountain. His face was torn, his flesh was ripped, he lost a lot of blood, and was close to death.
5 Meanwhile Eve remained standing on the mountain crying over him.
6 She said: "I don't wish to live after him, for all that he did to himself was through me."
7 Then she threw herself after him, was torn and ripped by stones, and remained lying as dead.
8 The merciful Yahweh, who looks over His creatures, looked at Adam and Eve as they lay dead. He sent His Word to them, and raised them.
9 Yahweh said to Adam: "O Adam, all this misery which you bring on yourself will have no affect against My rule, neither will it alter the covenant of the 5,500 years."

Chapter XXII - Adam in a gracious mood.

1 Then Adam said to Yahweh: "I dry up in the heat, I am faint from walking, and I don't want to be in this world. I don't know when You will take me out of it to rest."
2 The Master Yahweh said to him: "O Adam, it cannot be now, not until you end your days. Then I will bring you out of this miserable land."
3 Adam said to Yahweh: "While I was in the garden I knew neither heat, nor languor, neither moving about, nor trembling, nor fear. Since I came to this land, all this affliction comes over me.
4 Then Yahweh said to Adam: "So long as you were keeping My commandment, My light and My grace rested on you. When you transgressed My commandment, sorrow and misery came to you in this land."
5 Adam cried, and said: "O Master, do not cut me off for this, neither punish me with heavy plagues, nor yet repay me according to my sin. Of our own will we transgressed Your commandment, ignored Your law, and tried to become gods like you, when Satan the enemy deceived us."
6 Then Yahweh said again to Adam: "Because you endured fear and trembling in this land, languor and suffering, treading and walking about, going on this mountain, and dying from it, I will take all this on Myself in order to save you."

Chapter XXIII - Adam and Eve strengthen themselves and make the first altar ever built.

1 Adam cried more, and said: "O Yahweh, have mercy on me, so far as to take on yourself, that which I will do."
2 But Yahweh withdrew His Word from Adam and Eve.
3 Adam and Eve stood on their feet, and Adam said to Eve: "Strengthen yourself, and I will strengthen myself." She strengthened herself, as Adam told her.
4 Then Adam and Eve took stones and placed them in the shape of an altar. They took leaves from the trees outside the garden, with which they wiped from the face of the rock the blood they spilled.
5 That which had dropped on the sand they took together with the dust with which it was mingled and offered it on the altar as an offering to Yahweh.
6 Then Adam and Eve stood under the Altar and cried, praying to Yahweh: "Forgive us our trespass and our sin, look at us with your eye of mercy. When we were in the garden our praises and our hymns went up before you without ceasing.
7 But when we came into this strange land, pure praise was no longer ours, nor righteous prayer, nor understanding hearts, nor sweet thoughts, nor just counsels, nor long discernment, nor upright feelings, neither is our bright nature left us. But our body is changed from the likeness in which it was at first, when we were created.
8 Yet now look at our blood which is offered on these stones, and accept it at our hands, like the praise we used to sing to you at first, when in the garden."
9 And Adam began to make more requests of Yahweh.

Chapter XXIV - A vivid prophecy of the life and death of Messiyah.

1 The merciful Yahweh, good lover of men, looked at Adam and Eve, and at their blood, which they held up as an offering to Him, without an order from Him to do so. He wondered at them, and accepted their offerings.
2 Yahweh sent a bright fire from His presence that consumed their offering.
3 He smelled the sweet savor of their offering, and showed them mercy.
4 The Word of Yahweh came to Adam, and said to him: "O Adam, as you shed your blood, so I will shed My own blood when I become flesh of your descendants. As you died, O Adam, so I will die. As you built an altar, so I will make for you an altar of the earth. As you offered your blood on it, so I will offer My blood on an altar on the earth.
5 As you sued for forgiveness through that blood, so I will make My blood forgiveness of sins, and erase transgressions in it.
6 Behold, I accept your offering, O Adam, but the days of the covenant in which I bound you are not fulfilled. When they are fulfilled, then I will bring you back into the garden.
7 Now strengthen your heart. When sorrow comes over you, make Me an offering, and I will be favorable to you."

Chapter XXV - Yahweh represented as merciful and loving. The establishing of worship.

1 Yahweh knew Adam believed he should frequently kill himself and make an offering to Him of his blood.
2 Therefore He said to him: "O Adam, don't ever kill yourself like this again, by throwing yourself down from that mountain."
3 Adam said to Yahweh: "I was thinking to put an end to myself at once, for having transgressed Your commandments, for my having come out of the beautiful garden, for the bright light of which You have deprived me, for the praises which poured forth from my mouth without ceasing, and for the light that covered me.
4 Yet of Your goodness, O Yahweh, do not get rid of me altogether. Be favorable to me every time I die, and bring me to life.
5 Thereby it will be made known that You are a merciful Father, who does not want anyone to perish, who does not love that one should fall, and who does not condemn anyone cruelly, badly, and by whole destruction."
6 Then Adam remained silent.
7 The Word of Yahweh came to him, blessed him, comforted him, and covenanted with him, that He would save him at the end of the days determined for him.
8 This, then, was the first offering Adam made to Yahweh, and so it became his custom to do.

Chapter XXVI - A beautiful prophecy of eternal life and joy (v.15). The fall of night.

1 Adam took Eve, and they began to return to the Cave of Treasures where they lived. As they got closer to it and saw it from a distance, heavy sorrow fell on Adam and Eve when they looked at it.
2 Adam said to Eve: "When we were on the mountain we were comforted by the Word of Yahweh that conversed with us, and the light that came from the east shown over us.
3 Now the Word of Yahweh is hidden from us, the light that shown over us is so changed as to disappear, darkness and sorrow come over us.
4 We are forced to enter this cave which is like a prison, in which darkness covers us, so that we are separated from each other. You can not see me, neither can I see you."
5 When Adam had said these words, they cried, and spread their hands before Yahweh, for they were full of sorrow.
6 They prayed to Yahweh to bring the sun to them, to shine on them, so that darkness would not return to them, and that they would not have to go under this covering of rock. They wished to die rather than see the darkness.
7 Yahweh looked at Adam and Eve and at their great sorrow, and at all they did with a fervent heart (on account of all the trouble they were in, instead of their former well-being), and on account of all the misery that came over them in a strange land.
8 Yahweh was not angry with them, nor impatient with them. He was patient and forbearing towards them, as towards the children He had created.
9 Then the Word of Yahweh came to Adam, and said to him: "Adam, as for the sun, if I were to take it and bring it to you, days, hours, years, and months would all stop, and the covenant I made with you would never be fulfilled.
10 You would be deserted and stuck in a perpetual plague, and you would never be saved.
11 Yes, rather, bear long and calm your soul while you live night and day; until the fulfillment of the days, and the time of My covenant is come.
12 Then I will come and save you, O Adam, for I do not wish that you be afflicted.
13 When I look at all the good things in which you lived, and why you came out of them, then I would willingly show you mercy.
14 I cannot alter the covenant that went out of My mouth, otherwise I would bring you back into the garden.
15 However, when the covenant is fulfilled, then I will show you and your descendants mercy, and bring you into a land of gladness, where there is neither sorrow nor suffering; but abiding joy and gladness, light that never fails, praises that never cease, and a beautiful garden that will never pass away."
16 Yahweh said again to Adam: "Be patient, enter the cave. The darkness of which you are afraid will only be twelve hours long. When ended, light will come up."
17 Then when Adam heard these words from Yahweh, he and Eve worshipped before Him, and their hearts were comforted. They returned into the cave after their custom, while tears flowed from their eyes, sorrow and wailing came from their hearts, and they wished their soul would leave their body.
18 Adam and Eve stood praying until the darkness of night came over them. Adam was hid from Eve, and she from him.
19 And they remained standing in prayer.

Chapter XXVII - The second tempting of Adam and Eve. The devil takes on the form of a beguiling light.

1 When Satan (the hater of all good) saw how they continued in prayer, and how Yahweh communed with them, comforted them, and how He had accepted their offering, Satan made an apparition.
2 He began with transforming his hosts. In his hands was a flashing fire, and they were in a great light.
3 He then placed his throne near the mouth of the cave because he could not enter into it by reason of their prayers. He shed light into the cave, until the cave glistened over Adam and Eve, while his hosts began to sing praises.
4 Satan did this, in order that when Adam saw the light, he should think within himself that it was a heavenly light, that Satan's hosts were malaks, that Yahweh had sent them to watch at the cave, and to give him light in the darkness.
5 So when Adam came out of the cave and saw them, and Adam and Eve bowed to Satan, then he would overcome Adam thereby, and a second time humble him before Yahweh.
6 When Adam and Eve saw the light, fancying it was real, they strengthened their hearts. As they were trembling, Adam said to Eve:
7 "Look at that great light, and at those many songs of praise, and at that host standing outside who won't come into our cave. Why don't they tell us what they want, where they are from, what the meaning of this light is, what those praises are, why they are sent to this place, and why they won't come in?
8 If they were from Yahweh, they would come into the cave with us, and would tell us why they were sent."
9 Then Adam stood up, prayed to Yahweh with a burning heart, and said:
10 "O Master, is there in the world another god besides You, who created malaks and filled them with light, and sent them to keep us, who would come with them?
11 But, look, we see these hosts that stand at the mouth of the cave. They are in a great light, they sing loud praises. If they are of some other god than You, tell me. If they are sent by You, inform me of the reason for which You sent them."
12 No sooner did Adam say this, than a malak from Yahweh appeared to him in the cave, who said to him: "O Adam, do not fear. This is Satan, and his hosts. He wishes to deceive you as he deceived you at first. The first time he was hidden in the serpent. This time he is come to you in the likeness of a malak of light, in order that, when you worshipped him, he might enslave you in the very presence of Yahweh."
13 Then the malak went from Adam, seized Satan at the opening of the cave, stripped him of the pretense he had assumed, and brought him in his own hideous form to Adam and Eve, who were afraid of him when they saw him.
14 The malak said to Adam: "This hideous form has been his ever since Yahweh made him fall from heaven. He could not come near you in it, therefore he transformed himself into a malak of light."
15 Then the malak drove Satan and his hosts away from Adam and Eve, and said to them: "Do not fear. Yahweh, who created you, will strengthen you."
16 And the malak left them.
17 Adam and Eve remained standing in the cave. No consolation came to them, they divided in their thoughts.
18 When it was morning they prayed, and then went out to seek the garden. Their hearts were towards it, and they could get no consolation for having left it.

Chapter XXVIII - The Devil pretends to lead Adam and Eve to the water to bathe.

1 The crafty Satan saw that they were going to the garden. He gathered together his host, and came in appearance on a cloud, intent on deceiving them.
2 When Adam and Eve saw him thus in a vision, they thought they were malaks of Yahweh come to comfort them about having left the garden, or to bring them back into it again.
3 Adam spread his hands before Yahweh, beseeching Him to make him understand what they were.
4 Then Satan (the hater of all good) said to Adam: "O Adam, I am a malak of the great Yahweh. Behold the hosts that surround me.
5 Yahweh sent us to take you and bring you to the border of the garden northwards, to the shore of the clear sea, bathe you and Eve in it, and raise you to your former gladness, that you return again to the garden."
6 These words sank into the heart of Adam and Eve.
7 Yahweh withheld His Word from Adam, and did not make him understand at once, but waited to see his strength. Whether he would be overcome (as Eve was when in the garden), or whether he would prevail.
8 Satan called to Adam and Eve, and said: "Behold, we go to the sea of water," and they began to go.
9 Adam and Eve followed them at some little distance.
10 When they came to the mountain to the north of the garden, a very high mountain, without any steps to the top of it, the Devil drew near to Adam and Eve, and made them go up to the top in reality, and not in a vision (wishing, as he did, to throw them down and kill them, and to wipe off their name from the earth, so that this earth should remain to him and his hosts alone).

Chapter XXIX - Yahweh tells Adam of the Devil's purpose.

1 When the merciful Yahweh saw that Satan wished to kill Adam with his many tricks, and saw that Adam was meek and without guile, Yahweh spoke to Satan in a loud voice, and cursed him.
2 He and his hosts fled. Adam and Eve remained standing on the top of the mountain, from there they saw below them the wide world, high above which they were. They saw none of the host which time after time were by them.
3 They cried, both Adam and Eve, before Yahweh, and begged for forgiveness of Him.
4 The Word from Yahweh came to Adam, and said to him: "Know and understand concerning this Satan, he seeks to deceive you and your descendants after you."
5 Adam cried before the Master Yahweh, and begged and prayed to Him to give him something from the garden, as a token to him, wherein to be comforted.
6 Yahweh considered Adam's thought, and sent the malak Michael as far as the sea that reaches India, to take from there golden rods and bring them to Adam.
7 This Yahweh did in His wisdom in order that these golden rods, being with Adam in the cave, should shine forth with light in the night around him, and put an end to his fear of the darkness.
8 The malak Michael went down by Yahweh's order, took golden rods, as Yahweh commanded him, and brought them to Yahweh.

Chapter XXX - Adam receives the first worldly goods.

1 After these things, Yahweh commanded the malak Gabriyl to go down to the garden, and say to the cherub who kept it: "Behold, Yahweh commanded me to come into the garden, to take sweet smelling incense from it, and give it to Adam."
2 The malak Gabriyl went down by Yahweh's order to the garden, and told the cherub as Yahweh had commanded him.
3 The cherub said: "Well". Gabriyl went in, and took the incense.
4 Yahweh commanded his malak Raphael to go down to the garden, and speak to the cherub about some myrrh, to give to Adam.
5 The malak Raphael went down, told the cherub as Yahweh had commanded him, and the cherub said: "Well." Raphael went in, and took the myrrh.
6 The golden rods were from the Indian sea, where there are precious stones. The incense was from the eastern border of the garden. The myrrh was from the western border, from where bitterness came over Adam.
7 The malaks brought these things to Yahweh, by the Tree of Life, in the garden.
8 Yahweh said to the malaks: "Dip them in the spring of water. Then take them and sprinkle their water over Adam and Eve, that they be a little comforted in their sorrow, and give them to Adam and Eve.
9 The malaks did as Yahweh commanded them, they gave all those things to Adam and Eve on the top of the mountain on which Satan had placed them, when he sought to make an end of them.
10 When Adam saw the golden rods, the incense, and the myrrh, he rejoiced and cried. He thought the gold was a token of the kingdom from where he came, the incense was a token of the bright light which was taken from him, and the myrrh was a token of the sorrow in which he was.

Chapter XXXI - They make themselves more comfortable in the Cave of Treasures on the third day.

1 After these things Yahweh said to Adam: "You asked Me for something from the garden, to be comforted therewith. I gave you these three tokens as a consolation to you, that you trust in Me and in My covenant with you.
2 I will come and save you. When in the flesh kings will bring me gold, incense, and myrrh. Gold as a token of My kingdom, incense as a token of My divinity, and myrrh as a token of My suffering and of My death.
3 O Adam, put these by you in the cave. The gold that it may shed light over you by night, the incense that you smell its sweet savor, and the myrrh to comfort you in your sorrow."
4 When Adam heard these words from Yahweh, he worshipped before Him. He and Eve worshipped Him and gave Him thanks, because He dealt mercifully with them.
5 Then Yahweh commanded the three malaks, Michael, Gabriyl, and Raphael, each to bring what he had brought, and give it to Adam. They did so, one by one.
6 Yahweh commanded Suriyel and Salathiel to bear up Adam and Eve, bring them down from the top of the high mountain, and to take them to the Cave of Treasures.
7 There they laid the gold on the south side of the cave, the incense on the eastern side, and the myrrh on the western side. For the mouth of the cave was on the north side.
8 The malaks comforted Adam and Eve, and departed.
9 The gold was seventy rods, the incense twelve pounds, and the myrrh three pounds.
10 These remained by Adam in the Cave of Treasures.
11 Yahweh gave these three things to Adam on the third day after he came out of the garden, in token of the three days the Master should remain in the heart of the earth.
12 These three things, as they continued with Adam in the cave, gave him light by night, and by day they gave him a little relief from his sorrow.

Chapter XXXII - Adam and Eve go into the water to pray.

1 Adam and Eve remained in the Cave of Treasures until the seventh day. They neither ate of the fruit the earth, nor drank water.
2 When it dawned on the eighth day, Adam said to Eve: "O Eve, we prayed Yahweh to give us something from the garden, and He sent His malaks who brought us what we desired.
3 Now get up, let us go to the sea of water we saw at first, and let us stand in it, praying that Yahweh will again be favorable to us and take us back to the garden, or give us something. Or that He will give us comfort in some other land than this in which we are."
4 Adam and Eve came out of the cave, went and stood on the border of the sea in which they had before thrown themselves, and Adam said to Eve:
5 Come, go down into this place, and do not come out of it until the end of thirty days, when I come to you. Pray to Yahweh with burning heart and a sweet voice, to forgive us.
6 I will go to another place, and go down into it, and do like you."
7 Eve went down into the water as Adam commanded her. Adam also went down into the water. They stood praying to the Master to forgive them their offense, and to restore them to their former state.
8 They stood like that praying, until the end of the thirty-five days.

Chapter XXXIII - Satan falsely promises the "bright light."

1 Satan (the hater of all good) sought them in the cave, but did not find them, although he searched diligently for them.
2 He found them standing in the water praying, and thought within himself: "Adam and Eve are standing like that in that water praying to Yahweh to forgive them their transgression, to restore them to their former state, and to take them from under my hand.
3 I will deceive them so that they will come out of the water, and not fulfil their vow."
4 The hater of all good did not go to Adam, he went to Eve. He took the form of a malak of Yahweh, praising and rejoicing, and said to her:
5 "Peace be to you! Be glad and rejoice! Yahweh is favorable to you, and He sent me to Adam. I brought him the glad tidings of salvation, and of his being filled with bright light as he was at first.
6 Adam, in his joy for his restoration, sent me to you, that you come to me, in order that I crown you with light like him.
7 He said to me: 'Speak to Eve. If she does not come with you, tell her of the sign when we were on the top of the mountain: how Yahweh sent his malaks who took us and brought us to the Cave of Treasures, laid the gold on the southern side, incense on the eastern side, and myrrh on the western side.' Now come to him."
8 When Eve heard these words from him, she rejoiced greatly. Thinking Satan's appearance was real, she came out of the sea.
9 He went before, and she followed him until they came to Adam. Then Satan hid himself from her, and she saw him no more.
10 She then came and stood before Adam, who was standing by the water and rejoicing in Yahweh's forgiveness.
11 As she called to him, he turned around, found her there. He cried when he saw her, beat his chest, and from the bitterness of his grief he sank into the water.
12 Yahweh looked at him and at his misery, and at his being about to breathe his last. The Word of Yahweh came from heaven, raised him out of the water, and said to him: "Go up the high bank to Eve." When he came up to Eve he said to her: "Who told you to come here?"
13 Then she told him the discourse of the malak who had appeared to her and had given her a sign.
14 Adam grieved, and gave her to know it was Satan. He then took her and they both returned to the cave.
15 These things happened to them the second time they went down to the water, seven days after their coming out of the garden.
16 They fasted in the water thirty-five days, altogether forty-two days since they had left the garden.

Chapter XXXIV - Adam recalls the creation of Eve. He eloquently appeals for food and drink.

1 On the morning of the forty-third day, they came out of the cave, sorrowful and crying. Their bodies were lean, they were parched from hunger and thirst, from fasting and praying, and from their heavy sorrow on account of their transgression.
2 When they came out of the cave they went up the mountain to the west of the garden.
3 There they stood, prayed, and besought Yahweh to grant them forgiveness of their sins.
4 After their prayers Adam began to beg Yahweh, saying: "O my Master, Yahweh, my Creator, You commanded the four elements to be gathered together, and they were gathered together by Your order.
5 You spread Your hand and created me out of one element, that of dust of the earth. You brought me into the garden at the third hour, on a Friday, and informed me of it in the cave.
6 I knew neither night nor day, for I had a bright nature. Neither did the light in which I lived ever leave me to know night or day.
7 O Master, in that third hour in which You created me, You brought to me all beasts, lions, ostriches, fowls of the air, and all things that move in the earth, which You had created at the first hour before me of the Friday.
8 Your will was that I should name them all, one by one, with a suitable name. You gave me understanding and knowledge, with a pure heart and a right mind from you, that I should name them after Your own mind regarding the naming of them.
9 O Yahweh, You made them obedient to me, ordered that not one of them break from my sway, according to Your commandment, and to the dominion which You gave me over them. But now they are all estranged from me.
10 In that third hour of Friday, You created me, and commanded me concerning the tree, to which I was neither to go near, nor to eat thereof. You said to me in the garden: 'When you eat of it, of death you will die.'
11 If You had punished me as You said, with death, I should have died that very moment.
12 Moreover, when You commanded me regarding the tree, I was neither to approach nor to eat thereof, Eve was not with me. You had not yet created her, neither had You yet taken her out of my side, nor had she yet heard this order from you.
13 At the end of the third hour of that Friday, O Master, You caused a slumber and a sleep to come over me. I slept, and was overwhelmed in sleep.
14 You drew a rib out of my side, and created it after my own likeness and image. Then I awoke. When I saw her and knew who she was, I said: 'This is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh. From now on she will be called woman.'
15 It was of Your good will, O Yahweh, that You brought a slumber in a sleep over me, and that You immediately brought Eve out of my side, until she was out, so that I did not see how she was made. Neither could I witness, O my Master, how awful and great are Your goodness and glory.
16 Of Your goodwill, O Master, You made us both with bodies of a bright nature. You made us two, one. You gave us Your grace, and filled us with praises of the Holy Spirit, that we should be neither hungry nor thirsty (nor know what sorrow is, nor yet faintness of heart, neither suffering, fasting, nor weariness).
17 But now, O Yahweh, since we transgressed Your commandment and broke Your law, You brought us out into a strange land, and cause suffering, faintness, hunger, and thirst to come over us.
18 Now, therefore, O Yahweh, we pray you, give us something to eat from the garden, to satisfy our hunger with it, and something wherewith to quench our thirst.
19 Behold, many days, O Yahweh, we have tasted nothing and drunk nothing. Our flesh is dried up, our strength is wasted, and sleep is gone from our eyes from faintness and crying.
20 O Yahweh, we dare not gather anything from the fruit of trees, from fear of you. When we transgress at first You spared us and did not make us die.
21 But now we thought in our hearts: If we eat of the fruit of the trees, without Yahweh's order, He will destroy us this time, and will wipe us off from the face of the earth.
22 If we drink of this water, without Yahweh's order, He will make an end of us and root us up at once.
23 O Yahweh, I am come to this place with Eve. We beg You to give us some fruit from the garden, that we may be satisfied with it.
24 We desire the fruit that is on the earth, and all else that we lack in it."

Chapter XXXV - Yahweh's reply.

1 Yahweh looked again at Adam, and his crying and groaning. The Word of Yahweh came to him, and said to him:
2 "O Adam, when you were in My garden, you knew neither eating nor drinking; neither faintness nor suffering; neither leanness of flesh, nor change; neither did sleep depart from your eyes. But since you transgressed, and came into this strange land, all these trials are come over you."

Chapter XXXVI - Figs.

1 Then Yahweh commanded the cherub, who kept the gate of the garden with a sword of fire in his hand, to take some of the fruit of the fig-tree, and to give it to Adam.
2 The cherub obeyed the command of the Master Yahweh, and went into the garden and brought two figs on two twigs, each fig hanging to its leaf. They were from two of the trees among which Adam and Eve hid themselves when Yahweh went to walk in the garden, and the Word of Yahweh came to Adam and Eve and said to them: "Adam, Adam, where are you?"
3 And Adam answered: "O Yahweh, here I am. When I heard the sound of You and Your voice, I hid myself, because I am naked."
4 The cherub took two figs and brought them to Adam and Eve. He threw them to them from a distance, for they could not come near the cherub by reason of their flesh, which could not come near the fire.
5 At first, malaks trembled at the presence of Adam, and were afraid of him. But now Adam trembled before the malaks, and was afraid of them.
6 Adam came closer and took one fig, Eve also came in turn and took the other.
7 As they took them up in their hands, they looked at them, and knew they were from the trees among which they hid themselves.

Chapter XXXVII - Forty-three days of penance do not redeem one hour of sin.

1 Adam said to Eve: "Do you not see these figs and their leaves, with which we covered ourselves when we were stripped of our bright nature? But now, we do not know what misery and suffering may come over us from eating them.
2 Now, therefore, O Eve, let us restrain ourselves and not eat them, you and I. Let us ask Yahweh to give us of the fruit of the Tree of Life."
3 Thus did Adam and Eve restrain themselves, and did not eat of these figs.
4 Adam began to pray to Yahweh, to beseech Him to give him of the fruit of the Tree of Life, saying thus: "O Yahweh, when we transgressed Your commandment at the sixth hour of Friday, we were stripped of the bright nature we had, and did not continue in the garden more than three hours after our transgression.
5 In the evening You made us come out of it. O Yahweh, we transgressed against You one hour, and all these trials and sorrows have come over us until this day.
6 Those days together with this the forty-third day, do not redeem that one hour in which we transgressed!
7 O Yahweh, look at us with an eye of pity, and do not avenge us according to our transgression of Your commandment, in Your presence.
8 O Yahweh, give us of the fruit of the Tree of Life, that we may eat of it, and live, and not turn to see sufferings and other trouble in this earth.
9 You are Yahweh, we transgressed Your commandment. You made us come out of the garden, and sent a cherub to keep the Tree of Life, lest we should eat thereof, and live, and know nothing of faintness after we transgressed.
10 But now, O Master, behold, we endured all these days, and bore sufferings. Make these forty-three days an equivalent for the one hour in which we transgressed."

Chapter XXXVIII - "When 5500 years are fulfilled. . . ."

1 After these things the Word of Yahweh came to Adam, and said to him:
2 "O Adam, as to the fruit on the Tree of Life that you asked for, I will not give it to you now, but only when the 5,500 years are fulfilled. At that time I will give you fruit from the Tree of Life. You will eat, and live forever; you, Eve, and your righteous descendants.
3 But these forty-three days cannot make amends for the hour in which you transgressed My commandment.
4 O Adam, I gave you the fruit of the fig-tree to eat in which you hid yourself. Go and eat of it, you and Eve.
5 I will not deny your request, neither will I disappoint your hope, endure until the fulfillment of the covenant I made with you."
6 And Yahweh withdrew His Word from Adam.

Chapter XXXIX - Adam is cautious -- but too late.

1 Adam returned to Eve, and said to her: "Get up, take a fig for yourself, and I will take another. Let us go to our cave."
2 Adam and Eve took each a fig and went towards the cave. The time was about the setting of the sun, and their thoughts made them long to eat of the fruit.
3 But Adam said to Eve: "I am afraid to eat of this fig. I do not know what may come over me from it."
4 So Adam cried, and stood praying before Yahweh, saying: "Satisfy my hunger, without my having to eat this fig. For after I have eaten it, what will it profit me? And what will I desire and ask of you, O Yahweh, when it is gone?"
5 He said again: "I am afraid to eat of it, for I do not know what will befall me through it."

Chapter XL - The first Human hunger.

1 Then the Word of Yahweh came to Adam, and said to him: "O Adam, why didn't you have this dread, or this fasting, or this care before now? Why didn't you have this fear before you transgressed?
2 When you came to live in this strange land, your animal body could not survive on earth without earthly food, to strengthen it, and to restore its powers."
3 And Yahweh withdrew His Word from Adam.

Chapter XLI - The first Human thirst.

1 Then Adam took the fig, and laid it on the golden rods. Eve also took her fig, and put it on the incense.
2 The weight of each fig was that of a water-melon, for the fruit of the garden was much larger than the fruit of this land.
3 Adam and Eve remained standing and fasting the whole of that night, until the morning dawned.
4 When the sun rose they were still praying, but after they finished praying, Adam said to Eve:
5 "O Eve, come, let us go to the border of the garden looking south, to the place from where the river flows and is parted into four heads. There we will pray to Yahweh, and ask Him to give us some of the Water of Life to drink.
6 For Yahweh has not fed us with the Tree of Life, in order that we may not live. Therefore, we will ask Him to give us some of the Water of Life, and to quench our thirst with it, rather than with a drink of water of this land."
7 When Eve heard these words from Adam, she agreed. They both got up and came to the southern border of the garden, at the edge of the river of water a short distance from the garden.
8 They stood, prayed before the Master, and asked Him to look at them this once, to forgive them, and to grant them their request.
9 After this prayer from both of them, Adam began to pray with his voice before Yahweh, and said:
10 "O Master, when I was in the garden and saw the water that flowed from under the Tree of Life, my heart did not desire, neither did my body require to drink of it. Neither did I know thirst, for I was living, above that which I am now.
11 So that in order to live I did not require any Food of Life, neither did I drink of the Water of Life.
12 But now, O Yahweh, I am dead, my flesh is parched with thirst. Give me of the Water of Life that I may drink of it and live.
13 Of Your mercy, O Yahweh, save me from these plagues and trials, and bring me into another land different from this, if You will not let me live in Your garden."

Chapter XLII - A promise of the Water of Life. The third prophecy of the coming of Messiyah.

1 Then the Word of Yahweh came to Adam, and said to him:
2 "O Adam, as to what you said; 'Bring me into a land where there is rest'. It is not another land than this, it is the kingdom of heaven alone where there is rest.
3 You can not make your entrance into it at present, only after your judgment is past and fulfilled.
4 Then I will make you go up into the kingdom of heaven, you and your righteous descendants. I will give you and them the rest you ask for at present.
5 And you said: 'Give me of the Water of Life that I may drink and live'. It cannot be this day, but on the day that I will descend into hell, break the gates of brass, and bruise in pieces the kingdoms of iron.
6 Then in mercy I will save your soul, and the souls of the righteous, to give them rest in My garden. That will be when the end of the world is come.
7 Again, in regards to the Water of Life you seek, it will not be granted to you today, but on the day that I shed My blood on your head in the land of Golgotha.
8 My blood will be the Water of Life to you at that time, and not to just you alone, but to all your descendants who believe in Me (that it be to them for rest forever)."
9 The Master said again to Adam: "O Adam, when you were in the garden these trials did not come to you.
10 Since you transgressed My commandment, all these sufferings have come over you.
11 Now, also, your flesh requires food and drink. Drink of the water that flows by you on the face of the earth.
12 Then Yahweh withdrew His Word from Adam.
13 Adam and Eve worshipped the Master, and returned from the river of water to the cave. It was noon-day, and when they drew near to the cave, they saw a large fire by it.

Chapter XLIII - The Devil attempts arson.

1 Then Adam and Eve were afraid, and stood still. Adam said to Eve: "What is that fire by our cave? We did nothing in it to cause this fire.
2 We neither have bread to bake therein, nor broth to cook there. As to this fire, we have never known anything like it, neither do we know what to call it.
3 Since Yahweh sent the cherub with a sword of fire that flashed and lightened in his hand, from fear of which we fell down and were like corpses, we have not seen the like.
4 Now, O Eve, behold, this is the same fire that was in the cherub's hand, which Yahweh sent to keep the cave in which we live.
5 O Eve, it is because Yahweh is angry with us, and will drive us from it.
6 O Eve, we have again transgressed His commandment in that cave, so that He sent this fire to burn around it, and to prevent us from going into it.
7 If this is really so, O Eve, where will we live? Where will we flee from before the face of the Master? In regards to the garden, He will not let us live in it, and He deprives us of the good things thereof. He placed us in this cave, in which we bear darkness, trials, and hardships, until at last we have found comfort therein.
8 Now that He has brought us out into another land, who knows what may happen in it? Who knows but that the darkness of that land may be far greater than the darkness of this land?
9 Who knows what may happen in that land by day or by night? And who knows whether it will be far or near, O Eve? Where it will please Yahweh to put us may be far from the garden, O Eve? Or where Yahweh will prevent us from beholding Him, because we transgressed His commandment, and because we make requests of Him at all times?
10 O Eve, if Yahweh will bring us into a strange land other than this, in which we find consolation, it must be to put our souls to death, and blot out our name from the face of the earth.
11 O Eve, if we are further alienated from the garden and from Yahweh, where will we find Him again, and ask Him to give us gold, incense, myrrh, and some fruit of the fig-tree?
12 Where will we find Him, to comfort us a second time? Where will we find Him, that He may think of us, as regards the covenant He made on our behalf?"
13 Adam said no more. They kept looking towards the cave, he and Eve, and at the fire that flared up around it.
14 But that fire was from Satan. He gathered trees and dry grasses, carried and brought them to the cave, and set fire to them in order to consume the cave and what was in it.
15 And so Adam and Eve should be left in sorrow, and he should cut off their trust in Yahweh, and make them deny Him.
16 But by the mercy of Yahweh he could not burn the cave. Yahweh sent His malak around the cave to guard it from such a fire, until it went out.
17 This fire lasted from noon-day until the break of day. That was the forty-fifth day.

Chapter XLIV - The power of fire over man.

1 Adam and Eve were standing and looking at the fire, and unable to come near the cave from their dread of the fire.
2 Satan kept on bringing trees and throwing them into the fire, until the flames of the fire rose up on high, and covered the whole cave, thinking, as he did in his own mind, to consume the cave with much fire. But the malak of the Master was guarding it.
3 He could not curse Satan, nor injure him by word, because he had no authority over him, neither did he take to doing so with words from his mouth.
4 The malak tolerated him, without saying one bad word, until the Word of Yahweh came, and said to Satan: "Go away from here. Once before you deceived My servants, this time you seek to destroy them.
5 Were it not for My mercy I would destroy you and your hosts from off the earth. But I have patience with you until the end of the world."
6 Then Satan fled from before the Master. But the fire went on burning around the cave like a coal-fire the whole day, which was the forty-sixth day Adam and Eve spent since they came out of the garden.
7 When Adam and Eve saw that the heat of the fire had cooled down somewhat, they began to walk towards the cave to get into it as they usually did. But they could not, by reason of the heat of the fire.
8 They began crying because of the fire that separated them from the cave, and that came towards them, burning. They were afraid.
9 Adam said to Eve: "See this fire of which we have a portion in us. It formerly yielded to us, but no longer does so, now that we have transgressed the limit of creation, changed our condition, and our nature is altered. But the fire is not changed in its nature, nor altered from its creation. Therefore it now has power over us. When we come near it, it scorches our flesh."

Chapter XLV - Why Satan didn't fulfil his promises. Description of hell.

1 Adam rose, and prayed to Yahweh, saying: "See, this fire separates us from the cave in which You commanded us to live. Behold, we cannot go into it."
2 Yahweh heard Adam, and sent him His Word, who said:
3 "O Adam, see this fire! How different the flame and heat thereof are from the garden of delights and the good things in it!
4 When you were under My control all creatures yielded to you, but after you transgressed My commandment, they all rise over you."
5 Yahweh said again to him: "See, O Adam, how Satan has exalted you! He has deprived you of the god-head, and of an exalted state like Me, and has not kept his word to you. He has, after all, become your enemy. He is the one who made this fire in which he meant to burn you and Eve.
6 Why, O Adam, has he not kept his agreement with you, not even one day? He deprived you of the glory that was on you when you yielded to his command.
7 Do you think, Adam, that he loved you when he made this agreement with you? Or that he loved you and wished to raise you on high?
8 No, Adam, he did not do all that out of love to you. He wished to make you come out of light into darkness, from an exalted state to degradation, from glory to abasement, from joy to sorrow, and from rest to fasting and fainting."
9 Yahweh also said to Adam: "See this fire kindled by Satan around your cave? See this wonder that surrounds you, and know that it will encompass about both you and your descendants when you obey his command. He will plague you with fire, and you will go down into hell after you are dead.
10 You will see the burning of his fire, that will be burning around you and likewise your descendants. You will not be delivered from it until My coming, just like you cannot go into your cave right now because of the great fire around it, until My Word comes and makes a way for you on the day My covenant is fulfilled.
11 There is no way for you at present to come from this life to rest, not until My Word comes, who is My Word. He will make a way for you, and you will have rest." Yahweh called with His Word to the fire that burned around the cave, that it split itself in half, until Adam went through it. The fire parted itself by Yahweh's order, and a way was made for Adam.
12 And Yahweh withdrew His Word from Adam.

Chapter XLVI - "How many times have I delivered you out of his hand . . ."

1 Adam and Eve began again to come into the cave. When they came to the way between the fire, Satan blew into the fire like a whirlwind, causing the burning coal-fire to cover Adam and Eve. Their bodies were singed, and the coal-fire scorched them.
2 From the burning of the fire Adam and Eve screamed, and said: "O Master, save us! Do not leave us to be consumed and plagued by this burning fire, neither require us for having transgressed Your commandment."
3 Yahweh looked at their bodies, on which Satan had caused fire to burn, and Yahweh sent His malak who stayed the burning fire. But the wounds remained on their bodies.
4 Yahweh said to Adam: "See Satan's love for you, who pretended to give you the god-head and greatness? Behold, he burns you with fire, and seeks to destroy you from off the earth.
5 Look at Me, O Adam. I created you, how many times have I delivered you out of his hand? If not, wouldn't he have destroyed you?"
6 Yahweh said to Eve: "What is that he promised you in the garden, saying; 'As soon as you eat from the tree, your eyes will be opened, and you will become like gods, knowing good and evil.' But look! He burnt your bodies with fire, and made you taste the taste of fire, for the taste of the garden. He made you see the burning of fire, the evil of it, and the power it has over you.
7 Your eyes saw the good he took from you, and in truth he has opened your eyes. You saw the garden in which you were with Me, and you also see the evil that has come over you from Satan. As to the god-head he cannot give it to you, neither fulfil his speech to you. No, he was bitter against you, and your descendants who will come after you."
8 And Yahweh withdrew His Word from them.

Chapter XLVII - The Devil's own Scheming.

1 Adam and Eve came into the cave, still trembling at the fire that had scorched their bodies. Adam said to Eve:
2 "Look, the fire burns our flesh in this world, how will it be when we are dead, and Satan will punish our souls? Is our deliverance not long and far off, unless Yahweh come, and in mercy to us fulfil His promise?"
3 Adam and Eve passed into the cave, blessing themselves for coming into it once more. For it was in their thoughts that they should never enter it, when they saw the fire around it.
4 As the sun was setting the fire was still burning and nearing Adam and Eve in the cave, so they could not sleep in it. After the sun had set, they went out of it. This was the forty-seventh day after they came out of the garden.
5 Adam and Eve came under the top of hill by the garden to sleep, as they were accustomed.
6 They stood, prayed Yahweh to forgive them their sins, and then fell asleep under the summit of the mountain.
7 Satan (the hater of all good) thought within himself: "Yahweh promised salvation to Adam by covenant, that He would deliver him out of all the hardships that have befallen him. But He did not promise me by covenant, and will not deliver me out of my hardships. Since He promised him that He should make him and his descendants live in the kingdom in which I once was, I will kill Adam.
8 The earth will be rid of him, and will be left to me alone. When he is dead he will not have any descendants left to inherit the kingdom. It will remain my own realm, then Yahweh will want me, and He will restore it to me and my hosts."

Chapter XLVIII - Fifth apparition of Satan to Adam and Eve.

1 After this Satan called to his hosts, all of which came to him, and said to him:
2 "O, our lord, what will you do?"
3 He said to them: "You know that this Adam, whom Yahweh created out of the dust, is the one who took our kingdom. Come, let us gather together and kill him, or hurl a rock at him and at Eve and crush them under it."
4 When Satan's hosts heard these words, they came to the part of the mountain where Adam and Eve were asleep.
5 Then Satan and his host took a huge rock, broad and even, and without blemish, thinking within himself: "If there should be a hole in the rock, when it fell on them, the hole in the rock might come over them, and so they would escape and not die."
6 He said to his hosts: "Take up this stone, and throw it flat on them, so that it doesn't roll off them to somewhere else. When you have hurled it, get away from there quickly."
7 And they did as he told them. But as the rock fell down from the mountain toward Adam and Eve, Yahweh commanded the rock to become a dome over them, that did them no harm. And so it was by Yahweh's order.
8 When the rock fell, the whole earth quaked with it, and was shaken from the size of the rock.
9 As it quaked and shook, Adam and Eve awoke from sleep, and found themselves under a dome of rock. They didn't know what had happened, when they fell asleep they were under the sky, not under a dome. When they saw it they were afraid.
10 Adam said to Eve: "Why did the mountain bend itself, and the earth quake and shake on our account? Why does this rock spread itself over us like a tent?
11 Does Yahweh intend to plague us, to shut us up in this prison? Will He close the earth over us?
12 He is angry with us for our having come out of the cave, without His order. We did so of our own accord, without consulting Him, when we left the cave and came to this place."
13 Eve said: "Indeed, if the earth quaked for our sake, and this rock forms a tent over us because of our transgression, then we will be sorry, O Adam, because our punishment will be long.
14 Get up, pray to Yahweh to let us know concerning this, what this rock is that is spread over us like a tent."
15 Then Adam stood up and prayed before the Master, to let him know what had brought about this difficult time. Adam stood praying like that until the morning.

Chapter XLIX - The first prophecy of the Resurrection.

1 The Word of Yahweh came, and said:
2 "O Adam, who counselled you, when you came out of the cave, to come to this place?"
3 Adam said to Yahweh: "O Master, we came to this place because of the heat of the fire, that came over us inside the cave."
4 The Master Yahweh said to Adam: "O Adam, you dread the heat of fire for one night, but how will it be when you live in hell?
5 O Adam, don't be afraid, and don't believe that I placed this dome of rock over you to plague you with it.
6 It came from Satan, who promised you the god-head and majesty. It is he who threw down this rock to kill you under it, and Eve with you, and thus to prevent you from living on the earth.
7 But, in mercy for you, just as the rock was falling down on you, I commanded it to form a dome over you, and the rock under you to lower itself.
8 This sign, O Adam, will happen to Me at My coming on earth: Satan will raise the people of the Yahudim [Jews] to put Me to death. They will lay Me in a rock, seal a large stone over Me, and I will remain within that rock three days and three nights.
9 But [after] the third day I will rise again, and it will be salvation to you, O Adam, and to your descendants who believe in Me. O Adam, I will not bring you from under this rock until three days and three nights have passed."
10 And Yahweh withdrew His Word from Adam.
11 Adam and Eve lived under the rock three days and three nights, as Yahweh told them.
12 Yahweh did so to them because they left their cave and came to this place without Yahweh's order.
13 After three days and three nights, Yahweh created an opening in the dome of rock and allowed them to get out from under it. Their flesh was dried up, and their eyes and hearts were troubled from crying and sorrow.

Chapter L - Adam and Eve seek to cover their nakedness.

1 Adam and Eve went forth, and came into the Cave of Treasures. They stood praying in it the whole of that day, until the evening.
2 This took place at the end of the fifty days after they left the garden.
3 Adam and Eve rose again, prayed to Yahweh in the cave the whole of that night, and begged for mercy from Him.
4 When the day dawned, Adam said to Eve: "Come! Let us go and do some work for our bodies."
5 So they went out of the cave, came to the northern border of the garden, and they looked for something to cover their bodies with. They found nothing, and did not know how to do the work. Yet their bodies were stained, and they were speechless from cold and heat.
6 Adam stood, and asked Yahweh to show him something with which to cover their bodies.
7 The Word of Yahweh came, and said to him: "O Adam, take Eve and come to the seashore where you fasted before. There you will find skins of sheep that were left after lions ate the carcasses. Take them, make garments for yourselves, and clothe yourselves with them.

Chapter LI - "What is his beauty that you should have followed him?"

1 When Adam heard these words from Yahweh, he took Eve and went from the northern end of the garden to the south of it, by the river of water where they once fasted.
2 Satan (the wicked one) heard the Word of Yahweh communing with Adam respecting his covering.
3 It grieved him. As they were going on their way, and before they got there, he hastened to the place where the sheep-skins were, with the intention of taking them and throwing them into the sea, or of burning them with fire, so that Adam and Eve would not find them.
4 As he was about to take them, the Word of Yahweh came from heaven, and bound him by the side of those skins until Adam and Eve came near him. As they got closer to him they were afraid of him, and his hideous look.
5 The Word of Yahweh came to Adam and Eve, and said to them: "This is he who was hidden in the serpent, who deceived you, and stripped you of the garment of light and glory in which you were.
6 This is he who promised you majesty and divinity. Where is the beauty that was on him? Where is his divinity? Where is his light? Where is the glory that rested on him?
7 Now his figure is hideous, he is become abominable among malaks, and he has come to be called Satan.
8 O Adam, he wished to take this earthly garment of sheep-skins from you, to destroy it, and not let you be covered with it.
9 What, then, is his beauty that you followed him? What have you gained by obeying him? See his evil works. Then look at Me, your Creator, and at the good deeds I do you.
10 See, I bound him until you came, saw him, and beheld his weakness, that no power is left with him."
11 Yahweh released him from his bonds.

Chapter LII - Adam and Eve sew the first shirt.

1 After this Adam and Eve said no more, but cried before Yahweh on account of their creation, and of their bodies that required an earthly covering.
2 Adam said to Eve: "O Eve, this is the skin of beasts with which we will be covered, but when we put it on, behold, we will be wearing a token of death on our bodies. Just as the owners of these skins died and wasted away, so also we will die and pass away."
3 Then Adam and Eve took the skins, and went back to the Cave of Treasures. When in it, they stood and prayed as they were accustomed.
4 They wondered how they could make garments of those skins, for they had no skill for it.
5 Then Yahweh sent His malak to them to show them how to work it out. The malak said to Adam: "Go forth, and bring some palm-thorns." Adam went out, and brought some, as the malak commanded him.
6 The malak began before them to work out the skins, after the manner of one who prepares a shirt. He took the thorns and stuck them into the skins, before their eyes.
7 Then the malak again stood up and prayed Yahweh that the thorns in those skins should be hidden, so as to be, as it were, sewn with one thread.
8 And so it was, by Yahweh's order. They became garments for Adam and Eve, and He clothed them therewith.
9 From that time the nakedness of their bodies was covered from the sight of each other's eyes.
10 This happened at the end of the fifty-first day.
11 When Adam's and Eve's bodies were covered, they stood and prayed, sought mercy of the Master, and forgiveness, and gave Him thanks that He had mercy on them, and covered their nakedness. They did not cease from prayer the whole of that night.
12 When the morning dawned at the rising of the sun, they said their prayers after their custom, then went out of the cave.
13 Adam said to Eve: "Since we don't know what there is to the west of this cave, let us go out and see it today." They came forth and went toward the western border.

Chapter LIII - The prophecy of the Western Lands and of the Great Flood.

1 They were not very far from the cave, when Satan came towards them, and hid himself between them and the cave, under the form of two ravenous lions three days without food, that came towards Adam and Eve, as if to break them in pieces and devour them.
2 Adam and Eve cried, and prayed Yahweh to deliver them from their paws.
3 Then the Word of Yahweh came to them, and drove away the lions from them.
4 Yahweh said to Adam: "O Adam, what do you seek on the western border? Why did you leave the eastern border of your own accord, in which was your living place?
5 Now then, turn back to your cave, and remain in it, so that Satan won't deceive you or work his purpose over you.
6 For in this western border, O Adam, there will go from you a descendant [Cain] who will replenish it. They will defile themselves with their sins, and with their yielding to the commands of Satan, and by following his works.
7 Therefore I will bring over them the waters of a flood, and overwhelm them all. I will deliver what is left of the righteous among them. I will bring them to a distant land, and the land in which you live now will remain desolate and without one inhabitant in it.
8 After Yahweh had thus spoken to them, they went back to the Cave of Treasures. Their flesh was dried up, they were weak from fasting and praying, and from the sorrow they felt at having trespassed against Yahweh.

Chapter LIV - Adam and Eve go exploring.

1 Adam and Eve stood up in the cave and prayed the whole of that night until the morning dawned. When the sun was risen they both went out of the cave. Their heads were wandering from heaviness of sorrow, and they didn't know where they were going.
2 They walked in that condition to the southern border of the garden. And they began to go up that border until they came to the eastern border beyond which there was no more land.
3 The cherub who guarded the garden was standing at the western gate, guarding it against Adam and Eve, lest they should suddenly come into the garden. The cherub turned around, as if to put them to death according to the commandment Yahweh gave him.
4 Adam and Eve came to the eastern border of the garden, thinking in their hearts that the cherub was not watching. They were standing by the gate as if wishing to go in, suddenly the cherub came with a flashing sword of fire in his hand. When he saw them, he went forth to kill them. He was afraid Yahweh would destroy him if they went into the garden without His order.
5 The sword of the cherub seemed to shoot flames a distance away from it. But when he raised it over Adam and Eve, the flame of the sword did not flash forth.
6 Therefore the cherub thought that Yahweh was favorable to them, and was bringing them back into the garden. And the cherub stood wondering.
7 He could not go up to Heaven to determine Yahweh's order regarding their getting into the garden. He continued to stand by them, unable as he was to part from them. He was afraid that if they should enter the garden without permission, Yahweh would destroy him.
8 When Adam and Eve saw the cherub coming towards them with a flaming sword of fire in his hand, they fell on their faces from fear, and were as dead.
9 At that time the heavens and the earth shook. Another cherub came down from heaven to the cherub who guarded the garden, and saw him amazed and silent.
10 Then other malaks came down close to the place where Adam and Eve were. They were divided between joy and sorrow.
11 They were glad, because they thought that Yahweh was favorable to Adam, wished him to return to the garden, and wished to restore him to the gladness he once enjoyed.
12 But they sorrowed over Adam, because he was fallen like a dead man, he and Eve. They said in their thoughts: "Adam did not die in this place. Yahweh put him to death, for his having come to this place, and wishing to get into the garden without His permission."

Chapter LV - The Conflict between Yahweh and Satan.

1 Then the Word of Yahweh came to Adam and Eve, and raised them from their dead state, saying to them: "Why did you come up here? Do you intend to go into the garden, from which I brought you out? It cannot be today, only when the covenant I made with you is fulfilled."
2 Then Adam, when he heard the Word of Yahweh, and the fluttering of the malaks whom he did not see, but only heard the sound of them with his ears, he and Eve cried, and said to the malaks:
3 "O Spirits, who wait on Yahweh, look at me, and at my being unable to see you! When I was in my former bright nature, I could see you. I sang praises as you do, and my heart was far above you.
4 Now that I have transgressed, that bright nature is gone from me, and I am come to this miserable state. Now I have come to this, I cannot see you, and you do not serve me like you used to do. For I have become animal flesh.
5 Yet now, O malaks of Yahweh, ask Yahweh with me, to restore me to that wherein I was formerly. Rescue me from this misery, and remove from me the sentence of death He passed on me, for having trespassed against Him."
6 When the malaks heard these words, they all grieved over him. They cursed Satan who misled Adam until he came from the garden to misery, from life to death, from peace to trouble, and from gladness to a strange land.
7 The malaks said to Adam: "You obeyed Satan, and ignored the Word of Yahweh who created you. You believed that Satan would fulfil all he promised you.
8 But now, O Adam, we will make known to you what came over us though him, before his fall from heaven.
9 He gathered his hosts together, and deceived them, promising to give them a great kingdom, a divine nature, and other promises he made them.
10 His hosts believed that his word was true, so they yielded to him, and renounced the glory of Yahweh.
11 He then sent for us (according to the orders in which we were) to come under his command, and to accept his vain promise. But we would not, and we did not take his advice.
12 After he fought with Yahweh, and dealt forwardly with Him, he gathered together his hosts, and made war with us. If not for Yahweh's strength that was with us, we could not have prevailed against him to hurl him from heaven.
13 When he fell from among us there was great joy in heaven, because of his going down from us. If he had remained in heaven, nothing, not even one malak would have remained in it.
14 In His mercy, Yahweh drove him from among us to this dark earth, for he had become darkness itself, and a worker of unrighteousness.
15 He has continued, O Adam, to make war against you, until he tricked you and made you come out of the garden, to this strange land, where all these trials come to you. Death, which Yahweh brought to him, he has also brought to you, O Adam, because you obeyed him, and trespassed against Yahweh."
16 Then all the malaks rejoiced and praised Yahweh, and asked Him to not destroy Adam this time (for his having sought to enter the garden), to bear with him until the fulfillment of the promise, and to help him in this world until he was free from Satan's hand.

Chapter LVI - A chapter of divine comfort.

1 The Word of Yahweh came to Adam, and said to him:
2 "O Adam, look at that garden of joy, and at this earth of toil. Behold, the garden is full of malaks, but look at yourself alone on this earth with Satan whom you obeyed.
3 If you had submitted, were obedient to Me, and kept My Word, you would be with My malaks in My garden.
4 When you transgressed and obeyed Satan, you became his guests among his malaks, who are full of wickedness. You came to this earth that brings forth to you thorns and thistles.
5 O Adam, ask him who deceived you to give you the divine nature he promised you, or to make you a garden as I made for you, or to fill you with that same bright nature with which I filled you.
6 Ask him to make you a body like the one I made you, or to give you a day of rest as I gave you, or to create within you a reasonable soul as I created for you, or to take you from here to some other earth than this one which I gave you. O Adam, he will not fulfil even one of the things he told you.
7 Acknowledge, then, My favor towards you, and My mercy on you, My creature. I have not avenged you for your transgression against Me, but in My pity for you I promised you that at the end of the great five and a half days I will come and save you."
8 Then Yahweh said again to Adam and Eve: "Get up, go down from here, before the cherub with a sword of fire in his hand destroys you."
9 Adam's heart was comforted by Yahweh's words to him, and he worshipped before Him.
10 Yahweh commanded His malaks to escort Adam and Eve to the cave with joy, instead of the fear that had come over them.
11 Then the malaks took up Adam and Eve, and brought them down from the mountain by the garden, with songs and psalms, until they arrived at the cave. There the malaks began to comfort and to strengthen them, and then departed from them towards heaven, to their Creator who had sent them.
12 After the malaks departed from Adam and Eve, Satan came with shamefacedness, and stood at the entrance of the cave in which Adam and Eve were. He called to Adam, and said: "O Adam, come, let me speak to you."
13 Adam came out of the cave, thinking he was one of Yahweh's malaks that was come to give him some good counsel.

Chapter LVII - "Therefore I fell. . . . "

1 But when Adam came out and saw his hideous figure, he was afraid of him, and said to him: "Who are you?"
2 Then Satan answered, and said to him, "It is I, who hid myself within the serpent, who spoke to Eve, and who enticed her until she obeyed my command. I am he who sent her, using my deceitful speech, to deceive you, until you both ate of the fruit of the tree and abandoned the command of Yahweh."
3 When Adam heard these words from him, he said to him: "Can you make me a garden as Yahweh made for me? Or can you clothe me in the same bright nature in which Yahweh clothed me?
4 Where is the divine nature you promised to give me? Where is that slick speech of yours that you had with us at first, when we were in the garden?"
5 Satan said to Adam: "Do you think when I promise something that I would actually deliver it, or fulfil my word? Of course not. I myself never even thought of obtaining what I promised.
6 I fell, and I made you fall by that for which I myself fell. With you also, whosoever accepts my counsel, falls thereby.
7 But now, O Adam, because you fell you are under my rule, and I am king over you. You obeyed me, and transgressed against Yahweh. There will not be any deliverance from my hands until the day promised you by Yahweh."
8 He said: "Because we do not know the day agreed on with you by Yahweh, nor the hour in which you will be delivered, for that reason we will multiply war and murder on you and your descendants after you.
9 This is our will and our good pleasure, that we may not leave one of the sons of men to inherit our orders in heaven.
10 For as to our home, O Adam, it is in burning fire. We will not stop our evil-doing, no, not one day nor one hour. O Adam, I will set you on fire when you come into the cave to live there."
11 When Adam heard these words he cried and mourned, and said to Eve: "Hear what he said? He won't fulfil any of what he told you in the garden. Did he really become king over us?
12 We will ask Yahweh, who created us, to deliver us out of his hands."

Chapter LVIII - "About sunset on the 53rd day. . ."

1 Adam and Eve spread their hands before Yahweh, praying and begging Him to drive Satan away from them so that he can't harm them, or force them to deny Yahweh.
2 Yahweh sent His malak to them at once, who drove Satan away from them. This happened about sunset, on the fifty-third day after they came out of the garden.
3 Adam and Eve went into the cave, stood up, and turned their faces to the ground, to pray to Yahweh.
4 Before they prayed Adam said to Eve: "Look, you see what temptations befall us in this land. Come, let us get up, and ask Yahweh to forgive us the sins we committed. We will not come out until the end of the day next to the fortieth. If we die in here, He will save us."
5 Adam and Eve got up, and joined together in entreating Yahweh.
6 They continued praying like this in the cave. They did not come out of it, by night or by day, until their prayers went up out of their mouths like a flame of fire.

Chapter LIX - Eighth apparition of Satan to Adam and Eve.

1 Satan (the hater of all good) did not allow them to finish their prayers. He called to his hosts, and they came, all of them. Then he said to them: "Adam and Eve, whom we deceived, have agreed together to pray to Yahweh night and day, and to beg Him to deliver them, and they will not come out of the cave until the end of the fortieth day.
2 Since they will continue their prayers as they both agreed to do, He will deliver them out of our hands, and restore them to their former state. So see what we will do to them." His hosts said to him: "Power is yours, O our lord, to do what you like."
3 Satan (great in wickedness) took his hosts and came into the cave, in the thirtieth night of the forty days and one. He beat Adam and Eve, until he left them dead.
4 The Word of Yahweh came to Adam and Eve, raised them from their suffering, and Yahweh said to Adam: "Be strong, and do not be afraid of him who just came to you."
5 But Adam cried, and said: "Where were you, O Yahweh, that they should punish me with such blows, and that this suffering should come over us? Over me and over Eve, Your handmaiden?"
6 Yahweh said to him: "O Adam, see, he is lord and master of all you have, he who said he would give you divinity. Where is his love for you? And where is the gift he promised?
7 Did it please him just once, O Adam, to come to you, comfort you, strengthen you, rejoice with you, or send his hosts to protect you, since you obeyed him, yielded to his counsel, followed his commandment, and transgressed Mine?"
8 Then Adam cried before the Master, and said: "O Master because I transgressed a little, You have severely punished me in return for it. I ask You to deliver me out of his hands, or else have pity on me, and take my soul out of my body now in this strange land."
9 Yahweh said to Adam: "If only there had been this sighing and praying before you transgressed! Then you would have rest from the trouble in which you are now."
10 Yahweh had patience with Adam, and let him and Eve remain in the cave until they fulfilled the forty days.
11 But as to Adam and Eve, their strength and flesh withered from fasting and praying, from hunger and thirst. They did not taste either food or drink since they left the garden, nor were the functions of their bodies yet settled. They had no strength left to continue in prayer, from hunger, until the end of the next day to the fortieth. They were fallen down in the cave, what speech escaped from their mouths was only in praises.

Chapter LX - The Devil appears like an old man. He offers "a place of rest."

1 On the eighty-ninth day Satan came to the cave, clad in a garment of light, and girt about with a bright girdle.
2 In his hands was a staff of light. He looked most awful, but his face was pleasant and his speech was sweet.
3 He transformed himself thus in order to deceive Adam and Eve, and to make them come out of the cave before they fulfilled the forty days.
4 He said within himself: "When they fulfill the forty days' fasting and praying, Yahweh will restore them to their former state. If He did not do so, He would still be favorable to them. Even if He did not have mercy on them, yet He would give them something from the garden to comfort them, as already twice before."
5 Then Satan drew near the cave in this fair appearance, and said:
6 "O Adam, get up, stand up, you and Eve, come along with me, to a good land, don't be afraid. I am flesh and bones like you. At first I was a creature that Yahweh created.
7 It was so, when He created me, He placed me in a garden in the north, on the border of the world.
8 He said to me: 'Stay here!' I remained there according to His Word, I did not transgress His commandment.
9 Then He made a slumber to come over me, and He brought you out of my side, O Adam, but did not make you stay with me.
10 Yahweh took you in His divine hand, and placed you in a garden to the eastward.
11 I worried about you, while Yahweh took you out of my side, He did not let you stay with me.
12 Yahweh said to me: 'Do not worry about Adam, whom I brought out of your side, no harm will come to him.
13 I brought out of his side a help-meet for him, I gave him joy by doing so.' "
14 Satan said again: "I did not know how it is you are in this cave, nor anything about this trial that has come over you, until Yahweh said to me: 'Behold, Adam transgressed, he whom I took out of your side, and Eve also, whom I took out of his side. I drove them out of the garden. I made them live in a land of sorrow and misery, because they transgressed against Me, and obeyed Satan. Look, they are in suffering until today, the eightieth.'
15 Then Yahweh said to me: 'Get up, go to them, make them come to your place, do not suffer that Satan come near them, and afflict them. They are now in great misery, and lie helpless from hunger.'
16 He further said to me: 'When you take them to yourself, give them to eat of the fruit of the Tree of Life, give them to drink of the water of peace, clothe them in a garment of light, restore them to their former state of grace, and do not leave them in misery, for they came from you. Do not grieve over them, nor repent of what came over them.
17 When I heard this, I was sorry. My heart could not patiently bear it for your sake, O my child.
18 O Adam, when I heard the name of Satan, I was afraid, and I said within myself: I will not come out because he might trap me as he did my children, Adam and Eve.
19 And I said: 'O Yahweh, when I go to my children, Satan will meet me in the way, and war against me, as he did against them.'
20 Then Yahweh said to me: 'Do not fear. When you find him, hit him with the staff that is in your hand, and don't be afraid of him, for you are of old standing, he will not prevail against you.'
21 Then I said: 'O my Master, I am old, and cannot go. Send Your malaks to bring them.'
22 But Yahweh said to me: 'Malaks, verily, are not like them. They will not consent to come with them. I chose you, because they are your offspring and are like you, and they will listen to what you say.'
23 Yahweh said further to me: 'If you don't have enough strength to walk, I will send a cloud to carry you and set you down at the entrance of their cave, then the cloud will return and leave you there.
24 If they will come with you, I will send a cloud to carry you and them.'
25 Then He commanded a cloud, it bore me up, brought me to you, and then went back.
26 Now, O my children, Adam and Eve, look at my old gray hair and at my feeble state, and at my coming from that distant place. Come, come with me, to a place of rest."
27 Then he began to cry and to sob before Adam and Eve, and his tears poured on the ground like water.
28 When Adam and Eve raised their eyes and saw his beard, and heard his sweet talk, their hearts softened towards him. They obeyed him, for they believed he was true.
29 It seemed to them that they were really his offspring, when they saw that his face was like their own, and they trusted him.

Chapter LXI - They begin to follow Satan.

1 He took Adam and Eve by the hand, and began to bring them out of the cave.
2 But when they came a little ways out of it, Yahweh knew Satan had overcome them, and brought them out before the forty days were ended, to take them to some distant place, to destroy them.
3 The Word of the Master Yahweh came, cursed Satan, and drove him away from them.
4 Yahweh began to speak to Adam and Eve, saying to them: "What made you come out of the cave, to this place?"
5 Adam said to Yahweh, "Did you create a man before us? For when we were in the cave there suddenly came to us a friendly old man who said to us; 'I am a messenger from Yahweh to you, to bring you back to some place of rest.'
6 We believed, O Yahweh, that he was a messenger from you. We came out with him, and did not know where we should go with him."
7 Yahweh said to Adam: "See, that is the father of evil arts, who brought you and Eve out of the Garden of Delights. Indeed, he saw you and Eve both joined together in fasting and praying, and that you did not come out of the cave before the end of the forty days. He wished to make your purpose vain, to break your mutual bond, to cut off all hope from you, and to drive you to some place where he might destroy you.
8 But he couldn't do anything to you unless he showed himself in the likeness of you.
9 Therefore he came to you with a face like your own, and began to give you tokens as if they were all true.
10 Because I am merciful and am favorable to you, I did not allow him to destroy you. I drove him away from you.
11 Now, O Adam, take Eve, return to your cave, and remain in it until the morning after the fortieth day. When you come out, go towards the eastern gate of the garden."
12 Then Adam and Eve worshipped Yahweh, and praised and blessed Him for the deliverance that came to them from Him. And they returned towards the cave. This happened in the evening of the thirty-ninth day.
13 Then Adam and Eve stood up with a fiery passion, and prayed to Yahweh to give them strength, for they had become weak because of hunger, thirst, and prayer. They watched the whole of that night praying, until morning.
14 Then Adam said to Eve: "Get up, let us go towards the eastern gate of the garden as Yahweh told us."
15 They said their prayers as they were accustomed to do every day, and they left the cave to go near to the eastern gate of the garden.
16 Adam and Eve stood up, prayed, appealed to Yahweh to strengthen them, and to send them something to satisfy their hunger.
17 After they finished their prayers, they were too weak to move.
18 Then the Word of Yahweh came again, and said to them: "O Adam, get up, go, bring the two figs here."
19 Adam and Eve got up, and went until they came near to the cave.

Chapter LXII - Two fruit trees.

1 Satan the wicked was envious, because of the consolation Yahweh gave them.
2 So he prevented them, went into the cave, took the two figs, and buried them outside the cave, so that Adam and Eve should not find them. He also had in his thoughts to destroy them.
3 But by Yahweh's mercy, as soon as those two figs were in the ground, Yahweh defeated Satan's counsel regarding them. He made them into two fruit trees which overshadowed the cave. Satan buried them on the eastern side of it.
4 When the two trees were grown, and were covered with fruit, Satan grieved and mourned, and said: "It would have been better to leave those figs where they were. Behold, they are become two fruit trees, whereof Adam will eat all the days of his life. Whereas I had in mind, when I buried them, to destroy them entirely, and to hide them forever.
5 Yahweh has overturned my counsel, and would not that this sacred fruit should perish. He made my intention plain, and defeated the counsel I formed against His servants."
6 Then Satan went away ashamed because he hadn't thought his plans all the way through.

Chapter LXIII - The first joy of trees.

1 Adam and Eve, as they got closer to the cave, saw two fig trees, covered with fruit, and overshadowing the cave.
2 Adam said to Eve: "It seems to me that we went the wrong way. When did these two trees grow here? It seems to me that the enemy wishes to lead us the wrong way. Do you suppose there is another cave besides this one in the earth?
3 O Eve, let us go into the cave, and find in it the two figs. This is our cave, in which we were. If we should not find the two figs in it, then it cannot be our cave."
4 They went into the cave, and looked into the four corners of it, but did not find the two figs.
5 Adam cried, and said to Eve: "Did we go to the wrong cave, then, O Eve? It seems to me these two fig trees are the two figs that were in the cave." Eve said: "I, for my part, do not know."
6 Adam stood up, prayed, and said: "O Yahweh, You commanded us to come back to the cave, to take the two figs, and then to return to you.
7 But now, we have not found them. O Yahweh, did you take them, and sow these two trees? Have we gone astray in the earth, has the enemy deceived us? If it is real, O Yahweh, reveal to us the secret of these two trees and of the two figs."
8 Then the Word of Yahweh came to Adam, and said to him: "O Adam, when I sent you to fetch the figs, Satan went before you to the cave, took the figs, and buried them outside, eastward of the cave (thinking to destroy them, not sowing with good intent).
9 Not for his mere sake, then, did these trees grow up at once. I had mercy on you and I commanded them to grow. They grew to be two large trees, that you be overshadowed by their branches, and find rest; and that I made you see My power and My marvelous works;
10 and to show you Satan's meanness, and his evil works. Ever since you came out of the garden he has not ceased from doing you some harm, no, not one day. But I do not give him power over you."
11 Yahweh said: "From now on, O Adam, rejoice on account of the trees, you and Eve. Rest under them when you feel weary. But do not eat any of their fruit, or come near them."
12 Then Adam cried, and said: "O Yahweh, will You kill us again, will You drive us away from before Your face, and cut our life off from the face of the earth?
13 O Yahweh, I beg you, if You know there is either death or some other evil in these trees, as at the first time, root them up from near our cave, and destroy them. Leave us to die of the heat, of hunger, and of thirst.
14 For we know Your marvelous works, O Yahweh, that they are great, and that by Your power You can bring one thing out of another, without one's wish. For Your power can make rocks to become trees, and trees to become rocks."

Chapter LXIV - Adam and Eve partake of the first earthly food.

1 Yahweh looked at Adam, at his strength of mind, at his endurance of hunger and thirst, and of the heat. He changed the two fig trees into two figs, as they were at first, and then said to Adam and to Eve: "Each of you may take one fig." They took them, as the Master commanded them.
2 He said to them: "You must now go into the cave, eat the figs, and satisfy your hunger, or else you will die."
3 So, as Yahweh commanded them, they went into the cave about sunset. Adam and Eve stood up and prayed during the setting sun.
4 Then they sat down to eat the figs, but they did not know how to eat them, for they were not accustomed to eat earthly food. They were afraid that if they ate, their stomach would be burdened and their flesh thickened, and their hearts would take to liking earthly food.
5 But while they were thus seated, Yahweh, out of pity for them, sent them His malak, so they wouldn't perish of hunger and thirst.
6 The malak said to Adam and Eve: "Yahweh says you do not have the strength that would be required to fast until death. Eat, strengthen your bodies. You are now animal flesh and cannot subsist without food and drink."
7 Adam and Eve took the figs and began to eat of them. Yahweh had put into them a mixture as of savory bread and blood.
8 Then the malak went from Adam and Eve, who ate of the figs until they had satisfied their hunger. Then they put aside what was left. By the power of Yahweh, the figs became whole again, because Yahweh blessed them.
9 After this Adam and Eve got up, prayed with a joyful heart and renewed strength, and praised and rejoiced abundantly the whole of that night. This was the end of the eighty-third day.

Chapter LXV - Adam and Eve acquire digestive organs. Final hope of returning to the Garden is lost.

1 When it was day, they got up and prayed, after their custom, and then went out of the cave.
2 But they became sick from the food they ate because they were not used to it, so they went about in the cave saying to each other:
3 "What did our eating cause to happen to us, that we should be in such pain? We are in misery, we will die! It would have been better for us to have died keeping our bodies pure, than to eat and defile them with food."
4 Adam said to Eve: "This pain did not come to us in the garden, neither did we eat such bad food there. Do you think, O Eve, that Yahweh will plague us through the food that is in us, or that our innards will come out, or that Yahweh means to kill us with this pain before He fulfills His promise to us?"
5 Then Adam besought the Master, and said: "O Master, let us not perish through the food we ate. O Master, don't punish us, deal with us according to Your great mercy, do not forsake us until the day of the promise You made us."
6 Yahweh looked at them, and fitted them for eating food at once, as to this day, so that they should not perish.
7 Adam and Eve came back into the cave sorrowful and crying because of the alteration of their bodies. They both knew from that hour that they were altered beings. All hope of returning to the garden was now lost, they could not enter it.
8 For now their bodies had strange functions. Flesh, which requires food and drink for its existence, cannot be in the garden.
9 Adam said to Eve: "Behold, our hope is now lost, so is our trust to enter the garden. We no longer belong to the inhabitants of the garden, from now on we are earthy and of the dust, and of the inhabitants of the earth. We will not return to the garden until the day in which Yahweh promised to save us, and to bring us again into the garden, as He promised us."
10 Then they prayed to Yahweh that He would have mercy on them. Afterwards, their mind was quieted, their hearts were broken, their longing was cooled down, and they were like strangers on earth. That night Adam and Eve spent in the cave, where they slept heavily by reason of the food they ate.

Chapter LXVI - Adam does his first day's work.

1 When it was morning, the day after they ate food, Adam and Eve prayed in the cave. Adam said to Eve: "Look, we asked for food of Yahweh, and He gave it. Now let us ask Him to give us a drink of water."
2 They got up, went to the bank of the stream of water, that was on the south border of the garden, in which they had before thrown themselves. They stood on the bank, and prayed to Yahweh that He would command them to drink of the water.
3 The Word of Yahweh came to Adam, and said to him: "O Adam, your body is become brutish, and requires water to drink. Take some, drink it, you and Eve, then give thanks and praise."
4 Adam and Eve then went down to the stream and drank from it, until their bodies felt refreshed. After having drunk, they praised Yahweh, and then returned to their cave, after their former custom. This happened at the end of eighty-three days.
5 Then on the eighty-fourth day, they took the two figs and hung them in the cave, together with the leaves thereof, to be to them a sign and a blessing from Yahweh. They placed them there so that if their descendants came there, they would see the wonderful things Yahweh did for them.
6 Adam and Eve stood outside the cave again, and asked Yahweh to show them some food with which they could nourish their bodies.
7 Then the Word of Yahweh came, and said to him: "O Adam, go down to the westward of the cave until you come to a land of dark soil, and there you will find food."
8 Adam obeyed the Word of Yahweh, took Eve, went down to a land of dark soil, and found there wheat growing in the ear and ripe, and figs to eat, and Adam rejoiced over it.
9 Then the Word of Yahweh came again to Adam, and said to him: "Take some of this wheat, make yourselves some bread with it, to nourish your body therewith." Yahweh gave Adam's heart wisdom, to work out the corn until it became bread.
10 Adam accomplished all that, until he grew very faint and weary. He then returned to the cave, rejoicing at what he learned of what is done with wheat, until it is made into bread for one's use.

Chapter LXVII - "Then Satan began to lead astray Adam and Eve. . . ."

1 Adam and Eve went down to the land of black mud, came near to the wheat Yahweh showed them, and saw that it was ripe and ready for reaping, but they did not have a sickle to reap it with. So they readied themselves, and began to pull up the wheat by hand, until it was all done.
2 Then they heaped it into a pile. Faint from heat and from thirst, they went under a shady tree, where the breeze fanned them to sleep.
3 Satan saw what Adam and Eve had done. He called his hosts, and said to them: "Yahweh showed Adam and Eve all about this wheat, wherewith to strengthen their bodies. Look, they came, made a big pile of it, and faint from the toil are now asleep. Come, let us set fire to this heap of corn, and burn it. And let us take that bottle of water that is by them, and empty it out, so that they may find nothing to drink, and we kill them with hunger and thirst.
4 Then, when they wake up from their sleep, and seek to return to the cave, we will come to them in the way, and will lead them astray, so that they die of hunger and thirst. They may, perhaps, deny Yahweh, He destroy them, and so we will be rid of them."
5 Then Satan and his hosts set the wheat on fire, and burned it up.
6 From the heat of the flame Adam and Eve awoke from their sleep, saw the wheat burning, and the bucket of water by them poured out.
7 They cried, and went back to the cave.
8 But as they were going up from below the mountain where they were, Satan and his hosts met them in the form of malaks, praising Yahweh.
9 Satan said to Adam: "O Adam, you are pained with hunger and thirst. It seems to me that Satan burned up the wheat." Adam said to him: "Yes."
10 Again Satan said to Adam: "Come back with us, we are malaks of Yahweh. Yahweh sent us to you, to show you another field of corn, better than that. Beyond it is a fountain of good water, and many trees. You will live near it, and work the corn field to better purpose than that which Satan consumed."
11 Adam thought he was true, that they were malaks who talked with him, and he went back with them.
12 Then Satan began to lead Adam and Eve astray eight days, until they both fell down as if dead, from hunger, thirst, and faintness. Then he fled with his hosts, and left them.

Chapter LXVIII - How destruction and trouble is of Satan when he is the master. Adam and Eve establish the custom of worship.

1 Yahweh looked at Adam and Eve, at what came over them from Satan, how he had made them perish.
2 Yahweh sent His Word, and raised up Adam and Eve from their state of death.
3 When he was raised, Adam said: "O Yahweh, You burned and took from us the corn You gave us, and You emptied out the bucket of water. You sent Your malaks, who caused us to lose our way from the corn field. Will You make us perish? If this is from you, O Yahweh, then take away our souls. Do not punish us."
4 Yahweh said to Adam: "I did not burn down the wheat, I did not pour the water out of the bucket, and I did not send My malaks to lead you astray.
5 It is Satan, your master, who did it. You subjected yourself to him, my commandment meanwhile being set aside. He it is who burned down the corn, poured out the water, and who led you astray. All the promises he made were just a trick, a deception, and a lie.
6 O Adam, acknowledge My good deeds done to you."
7 Yahweh told His malaks to take Adam and Eve, and to bear them up to the field of wheat, which they found as before, with the bucket full of water.
8 There they saw a tree, found solid manna on it, and wondered at Yahweh's power. The malaks commanded them to eat of the manna when they were hungry.
9 Yahweh admonished Satan with a curse, to not come again and destroy the field of corn.
10 Adam and Eve took of the corn, and made of it an offering. They took it and offered it up on the mountain, the place where they offered up their first offering of blood.
11 They offered this offering on the altar they built at first. They stood up, prayed, and besought the Master, saying: "O Yahweh, when we were in the garden, our praises went up to you like this offering, and our innocence went up to you like incense. O Yahweh, accept this offering from us, and do not turn us away, deprived of Your mercy."
12 Then Yahweh said to Adam and Eve: "Since you made this offering and offered it to Me, I will make it My flesh when I come down on earth to save you. I will cause it to be offered continually on an altar, for forgiveness and for mercy, for those who partake of it duly."
13 Yahweh sent a bright fire over the offering of Adam and Eve, and filled it with brightness, grace, and light. Yahweh's Spirit came down on that offering.
14 Yahweh commanded a malak to take fire tongs, like a spoon, and with it to take an offering, and bring it to Adam and Eve. The malak did so, as Yahweh commanded him, and offered it to them.
15 The souls of Adam and Eve were brightened, their hearts were filled with joy and gladness, and with the praises of Yahweh.
16 Yahweh said to Adam: "This will be a custom to you, to do so, when affliction and sorrow come over you. But your deliverance and your entrance into the garden will not be until the days are fulfilled as agreed between you and Me. Were it not so, I would, of My mercy and pity for you, bring you back to My garden and to My favor for the sake of the offering you just made to My Name."
17 Adam rejoiced at these words which he heard from Yahweh. He and Eve worshipped before the altar, to which they bowed, and then went back to the Cave of Treasures.
18 This took place at the end of the twelfth day after the eightieth day from the time Adam and Eve came out of the garden.
19 They stood up the whole night praying until morning, and then went out of the cave.
20 Then Adam said to Eve, with joy of heart, because of the offering they made to Yahweh, and was accepted by Him: "Let us do this three times every week. On the fourth day Wednesday, on the preparation day Friday, and on the Sabbath Saturday, all the days of our life."
21 As they agreed to these words between themselves, Yahweh was pleased with their thoughts, and with the resolution they each took with the other.
22 After this, the Word of Yahweh came to Adam, and said: "O Adam, you have determined beforehand the days in which sufferings will come over Me, when I am made flesh. They are the fourth [day of the week] Wednesday, and the preparation day Friday.
23 As to the first day, I created all things in it, and I raised the heavens. Through My rising again on this day I will create joy, and raise on high those who believe in Me. O Adam, offer this offering all the days of your life."
24 Then Yahweh withdrew His Word from Adam.
25 Adam continued to offer this offering, every week three times, until the end of seven weeks. On the first day, which is the fiftieth, Adam made an offering as he was accustomed, and he and Eve took it and came to the altar before Yahweh, as He taught them.

Chapter LXIX - Twelfth apparition of Satan to Adam and Eve, while Adam was praying over the offering on the altar; when Satan beat him.

1 Satan (the hater of all good) was envious of Adam and of his offering through which he found favor with Yahweh. He hastened, took a sharp stone from among the sharp iron stones, appeared in the form of a man, went, and stood by Adam and Eve.
2 Adam was then offering on the altar, and had begun to pray with his hands spread before Yahweh.
3 Then Satan hastened with the sharp iron stone he had with him, and with it pierced Adam on the right side, from which flowed blood and water, then Adam fell on the altar like a corpse. Satan fled.
4 Eve came, took Adam, and placed him below the altar. There she stayed, crying over him. A stream of blood flowed from Adam's side over his offering.
5 Yahweh looked at the death of Adam. He sent His Word, raised him up, and said to him: "Fulfil your offering, for indeed, Adam, it is worth much, and there is no shortcoming in it."
6 Yahweh said further to Adam: "Thus it will also happen to Me, on the earth. I will be pierced, blood and water will flow from My side and run over My body, which is the true offering. I will be offered on the altar as a perfect offering."
7 Yahweh commanded Adam to finish his offering. When he ended it he worshipped before Yahweh, and praised Him for the signs He showed him.
8 Yahweh healed Adam in one day, which is the end of the seven weeks, that is the fiftieth day.
9 Adam and Eve returned from the mountain, and went into the Cave of Treasures as they were used to do. This completed for Adam and Eve one hundred and forty days since their coming out of the garden.
10 They both stood up that night and prayed to Yahweh. When it was morning, they went out, went down westward of the cave, to the place where their corn was, and rested there under the shadow of a tree, as they were accustomed.
11 But when there a multitude of beasts came all around them. It was Satan's doing, in his wickedness, in order to wage war against Adam through marriage.

Chapter LXX - Thirteenth apparition of Satan, to trick Adam into marrying Eve.

1 After this Satan (the hater of all good) took the form of a malak, and with him two others, so that they looked like the three malaks who earlier brought to Adam gold, incense, and myrrh.
2 They passed before Adam and Eve while they were under the tree, and greeted Adam and Eve with fair words that were full of deceit.
3 When Adam and Eve saw their pleasant expression, and heard their sweet speech, Adam rose, welcomed them, brought them to Eve, and they remained all together. Adam's heart was glad because he thought they were the same malaks who had brought him gold, incense, and myrrh.
4 When they came to Adam the first time, there came over him from them peace and joy, through their bringing him good tokens. So Adam thought they were come a second time to give him other tokens for him to rejoice therewith. He did not know it was Satan, therefore he received them with joy and consorted with them.
5 Then Satan, the tallest of them, said: "Rejoice, O Adam, and be glad. Look, Yahweh sent us to you to tell you something."
6 Adam said: "What is it?" Then Satan answered: "It is a simple thing, yet it is the Word of Yahweh, will you accept it from us, and do it? If you will not accept it, we will return to Yahweh, and tell Him that you would not receive His Word."
7 Satan said again to Adam: "Don't be afraid, and don't tremble, don't you know us?"
8 Adam said: "I do not know you."
9 Satan said to him: "I am the malak that brought you gold, and took it to the cave. This other malak is the one that brought you incense. That third malak is the one who brought you myrrh when you were on top of the mountain, and who carried you to the cave.
10 As to the other malaks our fellows, who bore you to the cave, Yahweh did not send them with us this time. He said to us: 'You will be enough'."
11 So when Adam heard these words he believed them, and said to these malaks: "Speak the Word of Yahweh, that I may receive it."
12 Satan said to him: "Swear, promise me you will receive it."
13 Then Adam said: "I do not know how to swear and promise."
14 Satan said to him: "Hold out your hand, and put it inside my hand."
15 Then Adam held out his hand, and put it into Satan's hand. Satan said to him: "Say; So true as Yahweh is living, rational, and speaking, who raised the stars in heaven, established the dry ground on the waters, created me out of the four elements, and out of the dust of the earth, I will not break my promise, nor renounce my word."
16 And Adam swore thus.
17 Then Satan said to him: "Look, it is now some time since you came out of the garden, and you know neither wickedness nor evil. But now Yahweh says to you to take Eve who came out of your side, and to marry her so that she will bear you children, to comfort you, and to drive trouble and sorrow from you. This thing is not difficult, neither is there any scandal in it to you.

Chapter LXXI - Adam is troubled by the thought of marrying Eve.

1 When Adam heard these words from Satan, he sorrowed much, because of his oath and of his promise, and said: "Shall I commit adultery with my flesh and my bones, and will I sin against myself, for Yahweh to destroy me, and to blot me out from off the face of the earth?
2 Since I ate of the tree, He drove me out of the garden into this strange land, deprived me of my bright nature, and brought death over me. If, then, I should do this, He will cut off my life from the earth, He will cast me into hell, and will plague me there a long time.
3 Yahweh never spoke the words that you said, you are not Yahweh's malaks, and you weren't sent from Him. You are devils that came to me under the false appearance of malaks. Away from me, you cursed of Yahweh!"
4 Then those devils fled from before Adam. He and Eve got up, returned to the Cave of Treasures, and went into it.
5 Then Adam said to Eve: "If you saw what I did, don't tell anyone. I sinned against Yahweh in swearing by His great name, and I placed my hand another time into that of Satan." Eve held her peace, as Adam told her.
6 Then Adam got up, and spread his hands before Yahweh, beseeching and entreating Him with tears, to forgive him what he did. Adam remained standing and praying forty days and forty nights. He neither ate nor drank until he dropped down on the ground from hunger and thirst.
7 Yahweh sent His Word to Adam, raised him up from where he lay, and said to him: "O Adam, why did you swear by My Name, and why did you make agreement with Satan another time?"
8 Adam cried, and said: "O Yahweh, forgive me, for I did this unwittingly, believing they were Yahweh's malaks."
9 Yahweh forgave Adam, saying to him: "Beware of Satan."
10 And He withdrew His Word from Adam.
11 Then Adam's heart was comforted. He took Eve, and they went out of the cave to prepare some food for their bodies.
12 From that day Adam struggled in his mind about marrying Eve, afraid that if he was to do it, Yahweh would be angry with him.
13 Then Adam and Eve went to the river of water, and sat on the bank, as people do when they enjoy themselves.
14 Satan was jealous of them, and planned to destroy them.

Chapter LXXII - Adam's heart is set on fire. Satan appears as beautiful maidens.

1 Satan, and ten from his hosts, transformed themselves into maidens, unlike any others in the whole world for grace.
2 They came up out of the river in presence of Adam and Eve, and they said among themselves: "Come, we will look at the faces of Adam and Eve, who are of the men on earth. How beautiful they are, and how different is their look from our own faces." They came to Adam and Eve, greeted them, and stood wondering at them.
3 Adam and Eve looked at them also, wondered at their beauty, and said: "Is there another world under us, with such beautiful creatures as these in it?"
4 Those maidens said to Adam and Eve: "Yes, indeed, we are an abundant creation."
5 Adam said to them: "But how do you multiply?"
6 They answered him: "We have husbands who marry us, we bear them children, who grow up, and who in their turn marry and are married, and also bear children, and thus we increase. If you do not believe us, O Adam, we will show you our husbands, and our children."
7 Then they shouted over the river as if to call their husbands and their children, who came up from the river, men and children. Every man came to his wife, his children being with him.
8 When Adam and Eve saw them, they stood dumb, and wondered at them.
9 Then they said to Adam and Eve: "See all our husbands and our children? You should marry Eve, as we married our husbands, so that you will have children as we have." This was a device of Satan to deceive Adam.
10 Satan thought within himself: "Yahweh at first commanded Adam concerning the fruit of the tree, saying to him; 'Do not eat it, else of death you will die.' But Adam ate of it, and yet Yahweh did not kill him. He only decreed on him death, plagues, and trials, until the day he comes out of his body.
11 Now, then, if I deceive him to do this thing, to marry Eve without Yahweh's permission, Yahweh will kill him then."
12 Therefore Satan worked this apparition before Adam and Eve, he sought to kill him, and to make him disappear from off the face of the earth.
13 Meanwhile the fire of sin came over Adam, and he thought of committing sin. But he restrained himself, fearing that if he followed this advice of Satan, Yahweh would put him to death.
14 Adam and Eve got up, and prayed to Yahweh. Satan and his hosts went down into the river, in presence of Adam and Eve, to let them see that they were going back to their own world.
15 Adam and Eve went back to the Cave of Treasures, as they usually did, about evening time.
16 They both got up and prayed to Yahweh that night. Adam remained standing in prayer (yet not knowing how to pray, by reason of the thoughts in his heart regarding marrying Eve), and he continued so until morning.
17 When light came up, Adam said to Eve: "Get up, let us go below the mountain, where they brought us gold, and let us ask the Master concerning this matter."
18 Then Eve said: "What is that matter, O Adam?"
19 He answered her: "That I may request the Master to inform me about marrying you. I will not do it without His permission or else He will make us perish, you and me. Those devils have set my heart on fire, with thoughts of what they showed us in their sinful apparitions.
20 Eve said to Adam: "Why do we need to go below the mountain? Let us rather stand up and pray in our cave to Yahweh, to let us know whether this counsel is good or not."
21 Then Adam rose up in prayer, and said: "O Yahweh, you know that we transgressed against you, and from the moment we transgressed, we were stripped of our bright nature. Our body became brutish, requiring food and drink, and with animal desires.
22 Command us, O Yahweh, to not give way to them without Your permission, for fear that You will turn us into nothing. If you do not give us permission, we will be overpowered, follow that advice of Satan, and You will make us perish again.
23 If not, then take our souls from us. Let us be rid of this animal lust. If You give us no order respecting this thing, then sever Eve from me, and me from her. Place us each far away from the other.
24 Then again, O Yahweh, if You separate us from each other, the devils will deceive us with their apparitions that resemble us, destroy our hearts, and defile our thoughts towards each other. Yet if it is not each of us towards the other, it will, at all events, be through their appearance when the devils come to us in our likeness." Here Adam ended his prayer.

Chapter LXXIII - The marriage of Adam and Eve.

1 Yahweh considered the words of Adam that they were true, and that he could long await His order respecting the counsel of Satan.
2 Yahweh approved Adam in what he thought concerning this, and in the prayer he offered in His presence. The Word of Yahweh came to Adam, and said to him: "O Adam, if only you had this caution at first, before you came out of the garden into this land!"
3 After that, Yahweh sent His malak who had brought gold, the malak who had brought incense, and the malak who had brought myrrh to Adam, that they should inform him respecting his marriage to Eve.
4 Those malaks said to Adam: "Take the gold, give it to Eve as a wedding gift, and promise to marry her. Give her some incense and myrrh as a present. Be, you and she, one flesh."
5 Adam obeyed the malaks, took the gold and put it into Eve's bosom in her garment, and promised to marry her with his hand.
6 Then the malaks commanded Adam and Eve to get up and pray forty days and forty nights. When that was done, Adam was to have sexual intercourse with his wife. This would be an act pure and undefiled, so he would have children who would multiply, and replenish the face of the earth.
7 Then both Adam and Eve received the words of the malaks, and the malaks departed from them.
8 Adam and Eve began to fast and pray, until the end of the forty days. Then they had sexual intercourse, as the malaks had told them. From the time Adam left the garden until he wedded Eve, were two hundred and twenty-three days, that is seven months and thirteen days.
9 Thus Satan's war with Adam was defeated.

Chapter LXXIV - The birth of Cain and Luluwa. Why they received those names.

1 They lived on the earth working in order to keep their bodies in good health. They continued so until the nine months of Eve's pregnancy were over, and the time drew near when she must give birth.
2 Then she said to Adam: "The signs placed in this cave since we left the garden indicate that this is a pure place, and we will be praying in it again some time. It is not appropriate, then, that I should give birth in it. Let us instead go to the sheltering rock cave that was formed by the command of Yahweh when Satan threw a big rock down on us in an attempt to kill us with it.
3 Adam then took Eve to that cave. When the time came for her to give birth, she strained a lot. Adam felt sorry, and he was very worried about her because she was close to death, and the words of Yahweh to her were being fulfilled: "In suffering you will bear a child, and in sorrow you will bring forth a child."
4 When Adam saw the distress in which Eve was, he got up and prayed to Yahweh, and said: "O Master, look at me with the eye of Your mercy, and bring her out of her distress."
5 Yahweh looked at His maid-servant Eve, delivered her, and she gave birth to her first-born son, and with him a daughter.
6 Adam rejoiced at Eve's deliverance, and also over the children she bore him. Adam ministered to Eve in the cave until the end of eight days, when they named the son Cain, and the daughter Luluwa.
7 The meaning of Cain is "hater", he hated his sister in their mother's womb, before they came out of it. Therefore Adam named him Cain.
8 Luluwa means "beautiful", because she was more beautiful than her mother.
9 Adam and Eve waited until Cain and his sister were forty days old, when Adam said to Eve: "We will make an offering and offer it up in behalf of the children."
10 Eve said: "We will make one offering for the first-born son, and then later we will make one for the daughter."

Chapter LXXV - The family revisits the Cave of Treasures. Birth of Abel and Aklia.

1 Adam prepared an offering, then he and Eve brought it to the altar they had built at first, and offered it up for their children.
2 Adam offered up the offering, and asked Yahweh to accept his offering.
3 Then Yahweh accepted Adam's offering, and sent a light from heaven that shown on the offering. Adam and his son drew near to the offering, but Eve and the daughter did not approach it.
4 Adam and his son were joyful as they came down from on the altar. Adam and Eve waited until the daughter was eighty days old, then Adam prepared an offering and took it to Eve and to the children. They went to the altar, where Adam offered it up, as he was accustomed, asking the Master to accept his offering.
5 The Master accepted the offering of Adam and Eve. Then Adam, Eve, and the children, drew near together, and came down from the mountain, rejoicing.
6 They did not return to the cave in which they were born, but came to the Cave of Treasures, in order that the children should go around in it, and be blessed with the tokens brought from the garden.
7 After they were blessed with these tokens, they went back to the cave in which they were born.
8 However, before Eve offered up the offering, Adam took her, and went with her to the river of water in which they threw themselves at first. There they washed themselves. Adam washed his body, Eve cleaned hers also, after the suffering and distress that had come over them.
9 Adam and Eve, after washing themselves in the river of water, returned every night to the Cave of Treasures, where they prayed and were blessed, and then went back to their cave where their children were born.
10 Adam and Eve did this until the children were weaned. After they were weaned, Adam made an offering for the souls of his children in addition to the three times every week he made an offering for them.
11 When the children were weaned, Eve again conceived, and when her pregnancy came to term, she gave birth to another son and daughter. They named the son Abel and the daughter Aklia.
12 At the end of forty days Adam made an offering for the son, at the end of eighty days he made another offering for the daughter, and treated them as he had previously treated Cain and his sister Luluwa.
13 He brought them to the Cave of Treasures, where they received a blessing, and then returned to the cave where they were born. After these children were born, Eve stopped having children.

Chapter LXXVI - Cain becomes jealous of Abel because of his sisters.

1 The children began to grow stronger and taller. Cain was hard-hearted, and ruled over his younger brother.
2 Often when his father made an offering, Cain would remain behind and not go with them, to offer up.
3 But Abel had a meek heart, and was obedient to his father and mother. He frequently moved them to make an offering, because he loved it. He prayed and fasted a lot.
4 Then this sign came to Abel. As he was coming into the Cave of Treasures, and saw the golden rods, the incense, and the myrrh, he asked his parents, Adam and Eve, to tell him about them, and asked: "Where did you get these from?"
5 Adam told him all that had befallen them. Abel felt deeply about what his father told him.
6 Furthermore his father, Adam, told him of the works of Yahweh, and of the garden. After hearing that, Abel remained behind after his father left, and stayed the whole of that night in the Cave of Treasures.
7 That night, while he was praying, Satan appeared to him under the figure of a man, who said to him: "You have frequently moved your father into making offerings, fasting and praying, therefore I will kill you, and make you perish from this world."
8 As for Abel, he prayed to Yahweh, drove Satan away from him, and did not believe the words of the devil. When it was day, a malak of Yahweh appeared to him, who said to him: "Do not cut short either fasting, prayer, or offering up an offering to Yahweh. Look, the Master accepts your prayer. Do not be afraid of the figure which appeared to you in the night, who cursed you to death." And the malak departed from him.
9 When it was day, Abel came to Adam and Eve, and told them of the vision he saw. When they heard it they grieved much over it, but said nothing to him about it, they only comforted him.
10 As to the hard-hearted Cain, Satan came to him by night, showed himself, and said to him: "Since Adam and Eve love your brother Abel so much more than they love you, they wish to join him in marriage to your beautiful sister because they love him. However, they wish to join you in marriage to his ugly sister, because they hate you.
11 Now before they do that, I am telling you that you should kill your brother. That way your sister will be left for you, and his sister will be cast away."
12 And Satan departed from him. But the devil remained behind in Cain's heart, and frequently aspired to kill his brother.

Chapter LXXVII - Cain, 15 years old, and Abel, 12 years old, grow apart.

1 When Adam saw that the older brother hated the younger, he endeavored to soften their hearts, and said to Cain: "O my son, take of the fruits of your sowing and make an offering to Yahweh, so that He might forgive you for your wickedness and sin."
2 He said also to Abel: "Take some of your sowing, make an offering, and bring it to Yahweh, so that He might forgive you for your wickedness and sin."
3 Abel obeyed his father's voice, took some of his sowing, made a good offering, and said to his father, Adam: "Come with me, and show me how to offer it up."
4 They went, Adam and Eve with him, and they showed him how to offer up his gift on the altar. Then after that they stood up and prayed that Yahweh would accept Abel's offering.
5 Yahweh looked at Abel, and accepted his offering. Yahweh was more pleased with Abel than with his offering, because of his good heart and pure body. There was no trace of guile in him.
6 Then they came down from the altar and went to the cave in which they lived. But Abel, by reason of his joy at having made his offering, repeated it three times a week, after the example of his father Adam.
7 As to Cain, he did not want to make an offering, but after his father became very angry he offered up a gift once. He took the smallest of his sheep for an offering and when he offered it up, his eyes were on the lamb.
8 Therefore Yahweh did not accept his offering, because his heart was full of murderous thoughts.
9 And they all thus lived together in the cave in which Eve had brought forth until Cain was fifteen years old, and Abel twelve years old.

Chapter LXXVIII - Jealousy overcomes Cain. He makes trouble in the family. How the first murder was planned.

1 Then Adam said to Eve: "Behold the children are grown up, we must think of finding wives for them."
2 Then Eve answered: "How can we do it?"
3 Then Adam said to her: "We will join Abel's sister in marriage to Cain, and Cain's sister to Abel.
4 Then Eve said to Adam: "I do not like Cain because he is hard-hearted, but let them stay with us until we offer up to the Master in their behalf."
5 Adam said no more.
6 Satan came to Cain in the figure of a man of the field, and said to him: "Behold, Adam and Eve took counsel together about the marriage of you two. They agreed to marry Abel's sister to you, and your sister to him.
7 But if it was not that I love you, I would not tell you this thing. Yet if you will take my advice, and obey me, on your wedding day I will bring to you beautiful robes, gold and silver in plenty, and my relations will attend you."
8 Cain said with joy: "Where are your relations?"
9 Satan answered: "My relations are in a garden in the north, where I once meant to bring your father Adam, but he would not accept my offer.
10 If you will receive my words, and if you will come to me after your wedding, you will rest from the misery in which you are. You will rest, and be better off than your father Adam."
11 At these words of Satan Cain opened his ears, and leaned towards his speech.
12 He did not remain in the field, but he went to Eve, his mother, beat her, cursed her, and said to her: "Why are you planning to take my sister to wed her to my brother? Am I dead?"
13 His mother quieted him, however, and sent him to the field where he was.
14 When Adam came, she told him what Cain did.
15 Adam grieved, held his peace, and did not say a word.
16 The next morning Adam said to Cain his son: "Take of your sheep, young and good, and offer them up to Yahweh. I will speak to your brother, to make to Yahweh an offering of corn."
17 They both obeyed their father Adam. They took their offerings, and offered them up on the mountain by the altar.
18 Cain behaved haughtily towards his brother, shoved him from the altar, and would not let him offer up his gift on the altar. He offered his own on it, with a proud heart, full of guile, and fraud.
19 As for Abel, he set up stones that were near at hand, and on that, he offered up his gift with a heart humble and free from guile.
20 Cain was then standing by the altar on which he had offered up his gift. He cried to Yahweh to accept his offering. Yahweh did not accept it from him, neither did a divine fire come down to consume his offering.
21 He remained standing over against the altar, out of humor and meanness, looking towards his brother Abel, to see if Yahweh would accept his offering or not.
22 Abel prayed to Yahweh to accept his offering. Then a divine fire came down and consumed his offering. Yahweh smelled the sweet savor of his offering. Abel loved Him and rejoiced in Him.
23 Yahweh was well pleased with him. He sent him a malak of light in the figure of a man who had partaken of his offering, because He smelled the sweet savor of his offering, and they comforted Abel and strengthened his heart.
24 Cain was looking on all that took place at his brother's offering, and was angry because of it.
25 He opened his mouth and blasphemed Yahweh, because He did not accept his offering.
26 But Yahweh said to Cain: "Why do you look sad? Be righteous, that I may accept your offering. Not against Me do you murmur, but against yourself.
27 Yahweh said this to Cain in rebuke, because He abhorred him and his offering.
28 Cain came down from the altar, his color changed, and with a sad face. He came to his father and mother, and told them all that had befallen him. Adam grieved much because Yahweh did not accept Cain's offering.
29 Abel came down rejoicing, with a gladsome heart, and told his father and mother how Yahweh had accepted his offering. They rejoiced at it, and kissed his face.
30 Abel said to his father: "Cain shoved me from the altar, and would not allow me to offer my gift on it. So I made an altar for myself, and offered my gift on it."
31 When Adam heard this he was very sorry, because it was the altar he built first, and on which he offered his own gifts.
32 As to Cain, he was so resentful and so angry that he went into the field, where Satan came to him, and said to him: "Because you shoved him from the altar, your brother Abel took refuge with your father Adam. They kissed his face, and they rejoice over him far more than over you."
33 When Cain heard these words of Satan, he was filled with rage, and he let no one know. He was laying wait to kill his brother, until he brought him into the cave, and said to him:
34 "O brother, the country is so beautiful, there are such beautiful and pleasurable trees in it, and charming to look at! Brother, you have never been one day in the field to take your pleasure in that place.
35 Today, O my brother, I very much wish you would come with me into the field, to enjoy yourself, and to bless our fields and our flocks, for you are righteous. I love you much, O my brother! But you have alienated yourself from me."
36 Then Abel consented to go with his brother Cain into the field.
37 Before going out, Cain said to Abel: "Wait for me, until I fetch a staff, because of wild beasts."
38 Abel stood waiting in his innocence. Cain, the forward, fetched a staff and went out.
39 Cain and his brother Abel began to walk in the way. Cain talked to him, comforting him, to make him forget everything.

Chapter LXXIX - A wicked plan is carried to a tragic conclusion. Cain is frightened. "Am I my brother's keeper?" The seven punishments. Peace is shattered.

1 So they went on, until they came to a lonely place, where there were no sheep. Abel said to Cain: "Behold, my brother, we are tired from walking. We see none of the trees, nor of the fruits, nor of the flourishing green plants, nor of the sheep, nor any one of the things of which you told me. Where are those sheep of yours you told me to bless?"
2 Then Cain said to him: "Come on, and you will see many beautiful things very soon, but go before me, until I catch up to you."
3 Then Abel went forward, but Cain remained behind him.
4 Abel was walking in his innocence, without guile, not believing his brother would kill him.
5 Cain, when he came up to him, comforted him with his talk, walking a little behind him. Then he ran up to him and beat him with the staff, blow after blow, until he was stunned.
6 Abel fell down on the ground, seeing that his brother meant to kill him. He said to Cain: "O, my brother, have pity on me. By the breasts we sucked, don't hit me! By the womb that bore us and that brought us into the world, don't beat me to death with that staff! If you will kill me, take one of these large stones and kill me outright."
7 Then Cain, the hard-hearted, and cruel murderer, took a large stone, and beat his brother's head with it, until his brains oozed out, and he wallowed in his blood before him.
8 Cain did not repent of what he did.
9 When the blood of righteous Abel fell on the earth, it trembled as it drank his blood, and would have destroyed Cain because of it.
10 The blood of Abel cried mysteriously to Yahweh, to avenge him of his murderer.
11 Then Cain began at once to dig the ground wherein to lay his brother. He was trembling from the fear that came over him, when he saw the earth tremble on his account.
12 He cast his brother into the pit he made, and covered him with dust. But the ground would not receive him, it threw him up at once.
13 Again Cain dug the ground and hid his brother in it, but again the ground threw him up on itself, until three times the ground thus threw up on itself the body of Abel.
14 The muddy ground threw him up the first time, because he was not the first creation. It threw him up the second time and would not receive him, because he was righteous and good, and was killed without a cause. The ground threw him up the third time and would not receive him, that there might remain before his brother a witness against him.
15 So the earth mocked Cain, until the Word of Yahweh came to him concerning his brother.
16 Yahweh was angry, and very unhappy at Abel's death. He thundered from heaven, lightnings went before Him, the Word of the Master Yahweh came from heaven to Cain, and said to him: "Where is Abel your brother?"
17 Cain answered with a proud heart, and a gruff voice: "How, O Yahweh? Am I my brother's keeper?"
18 Yahweh said to Cain: "Cursed is the earth that drank the blood of Abel your brother. As for you, you will always be trembling and shaking, and this will be a mark on you so that whoever finds you will kill you."
19 Cain cried because Yahweh said those words to him. Cain said to Him: "O Yahweh, whosoever finds me will kill me, and I will be blotted out from the face of the earth."
20 Then Yahweh said to Cain: "Whoever finds you will not kill you" (before this, Yahweh said to Cain: "I will put seven punishments on anyone that kills Cain"). As to the word of Yahweh to Cain: "Where is your brother?" Yahweh said it in mercy for him, to try and make him repent.
21 If Cain had repented at that time, and had said: "O Yahweh, forgive me my sin, and the murder of my brother"; Yahweh would then have forgiven him his sin.
22 As to Yahweh saying to Cain: "Cursed is the ground that drank the blood of your brother"; that also was Yahweh's mercy on Cain. Yahweh did not curse him. He cursed the ground, although it was not the ground that killed Abel and committed a wicked sin.
23 It was fitting that the curse should fall on the murderer, yet in mercy Yahweh so managed His thoughts that no one should know it, and turn away from Cain.
24 He said to him: "Where is your brother?" To which he answered, and said: "I do not know." The Creator said to him: "Be trembling and quaking."
25 Then Cain trembled and became terrified. Through this sign Yahweh made him an example before all the creation, as the murderer of his brother. Also Yahweh brought trembling and terror over him (that he might see the peace in which he was at first, and see also the trembling and terror he endured at the last), so that he might humble himself before Yahweh, repent of his sin, and seek the peace that he enjoyed at first.
26 When the word of Yahweh said: "I will put seven punishments on anyone who kills Cain"; Yahweh was not seeking to kill Cain with the sword. He sought to make him die of fasting, praying and crying by hard rule, until the time he was delivered from his sin.
27 The seven punishments are the seven generations during which Yahweh awaited Cain for the murder of his brother.
28 As to Cain, ever since he killed his brother, he could find no rest in any place. He went back to Adam and Eve, trembling, terrified, and defiled with blood.



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