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The Life Of Adam And Eve

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((Note: "The Slavonic Life of Adam and Eve" is at the bottom of this page.))


VITA ADAE ET EVAE -- The Life Of Adam And Eve



i 1 When they were driven out from Paradise [the Garden of Eden], they made themselves a booth, and spent seven days mourning and lamenting in great grief.

ii 1 After seven days, they began to be hungry and started to look for victuals to eat, and they did not find them.
2 Eve said to Adam: 'My lord, I am hungry. Go, look for [something] for us to eat. Perchance Yahweh will look back, pity us, and recall us to the place in which we were before.'

iii 1 Adam arose, walked seven days over all that land, and found no victuals such as they used to have in Paradise.
2 Eve said to Adam: 'Will you slay me? I may die, and perchance Yahweh will bring you into Paradise, for on my account you were driven here.'
3 Adam answered: 'Eve, forbear from such words, that peradventure Yahweh not bring some other curse upon us. How is it possible that I should stretch forth my hand against my own flesh? Nay, let us arise and look for something for us to live on, that we not fail.'

iv 1 They walked about and searched for nine days, and they found none such as they used to have in Paradise, but found only animals' food.

2 Adam said to Eve: 'This Yahweh provided for animals and brutes to eat, we used to have malaks' food.
3 It is just and right that we lament before the sight of Yahweh who made us. Let us repent with a great penitence. Perchance Yahweh will be gracious to us, will pity us, and give us a share of something for our living.'

v 1 Eve said to Adam: 'What is penitence? Tell me, what sort of penitence am I to do? Let us not put too great a labor on ourselves, which we cannot endure, so that Yahweh will not hearken to our prayers, and will turn His countenance away from us because we did not fulfill what we promised.
2 My lord, how much penitence have you thought [to do], for I brought trouble and anguish upon you?'

vi 1 Adam said to Eve: 'You can not do so much as I, do only so much as you have strength for. I will spend forty days fasting. You arise, go to the river Tigris, lift up a stone, and stand on it in the water up to your neck in the deep of the river. Let no speech proceed out of your mouth, since we are unworthy to address Yahweh, for our lips are unclean from the unlawful and forbidden tree.
2 Stand in the water of the river thirty-seven days. I will spend forty days in the water of Jordan, perchance the Master Yahweh will take pity upon us.'

vii 1 Eve walked to the river Tigris, and did as Adam told her.
2 Likewise, Adam walked to the river Jordan, and stood on a stone up to his neck in water.

viii 1 Adam said: 'I tell you, water of Jordan, grieve with me, and assemble to me all swimming [creatures], which are in you, and let them surround me and mourn in company with me. Not for themselves let them lament, but for me. It is not they who sinned, but I.'
2 Forthwith, all living things came and surrounded him, and, from that hour, the water of Jordan stood [still] and its current was stayed.'

ix 1 Eighteen days passed by. Satan was wroth. He transformed himself into the brightness of malaks, went to the river Tigris to Eve,
2 and found her weeping. The devil pretended to grieve with her, he began to weep, and said to her: 'Come out of the river, and lament no more. Cease now from sorrow and moans. Why are you anxious, and your husband Adam?
3 Yahweh hears your groaning and accepts your penitence. All we malaks have entreated on your behalf, and made supplication to Yahweh.
4 He sent me to bring you out of the water, and give you the nourishment which you had in Paradise, for which you are crying out.
5 Now come out of the water. I will conduct you to the place where your victual is made ready.'

x 1 Eve heard, believed, and went out of the water of the river. Her flesh was [trembling] like grass,
2 from the chill of the water. When she got out, she fell on the earth. The devil raised her up, and led her to Adam.
3 When Adam saw her, and the devil with her, he wept, cried aloud, and said: 'O Eve, Eve, where is the labor of your penitence?
4 You are ensnared by our adversary again, by whose means we were estranged from our abode in Paradise and spiritual joy.'

xi 1 When she heard this, Eve understood that the devil persuaded her to go out of the river. She fell on her face on the earth; her sorrow, groaning, and wailing, was redoubled.
2 She cried out, and said: 'Woe to you, you devil. Why do you attack us for no cause? What have you to do with us? What did we do to you? You pursue us with craft? Why does your malice assail us?
3 Did we take away your glory, and cause you to be without honor? Enemy, why do you harry us [and persecute us] to the death in wickedness, and envy?'

xii 1 With a heavy sigh, the devil spoke: 'O Adam! All my hostility, envy, and sorrow is for you, since it is for you that I was expelled from my glory which I possessed in the heavens in the midst of the malaks,
2 and for you I was cast out in the earth.' Adam answered: 'What do you tell me?
3 What did I do to you, or what is my fault against you? Seeing you have received no harm or injury from us, why do you pursue us?'

xiii 1 The devil replied: 'Adam, what do you tell me? It is for your sake that I was hurled from that place.
2 When you were formed, I was hurled out of the presence of Yahweh, and banished from the company of the malaks. Yahweh blew the breath of life into you, and your face and likeness was made in the image of Yahweh. Michael brought you, and made [us] worship you in the sight of Yahweh. Yahweh spoke: Here is Adam. I made you in our image and likeness.'

xiv 1 Michael went out and called all the malaks, saying: 'Worship the image of Yahweh as the Master Yahweh commands.' Michael himself worshipped first, then he called me, and said: 'Worship the image of Yahweh.'
2 I answered: 'I have no [need] to worship Adam.' Since Michael kept urging me to worship, I said to him: 'Why do you urge me? I will not worship an inferior and younger being [than I]. I am his senior in the Creation, before he was made I was already made. It is his duty to worship me.'

xv 1 When the malaks who were under me heard this, they refused to worship him.
2 Michael said: 'Worship the image of Yahweh, but if you will not worship him, Yahweh will be wrath with you.'
3 I said, 'If He is wrath with me, I will set my seat above the stars of heaven, and will be like the Highest.'

xvi 1 Yahweh was wrath with me, and banished me and my malaks from our glory. On your account we were expelled from our abodes into this world, hurled onto the earth.
2 Straightaway we were overcome with grief, since we were spoiled of so great glory. We were grieved when we saw you in such joy and luxury.
3 With guile I cheated your wife, and caused you to be expelled through her [doing] from your joy and luxury, as I was driven out of my glory.

xvii 1 When Adam heard the devil say this, he cried out, wept, and spoke: 'O Yahweh, my life is in your hands.
2 Banish this Adversary far from me, who seeks to destroy my soul, and give me his glory which he himself lost.'
3 At that moment, the devil vanished before him. Adam endured in his penance, standing for forty days [on end] in the water of Jordan.

xviii 1 Eve said to Adam: 'Live, my lord, to you life is granted, since you committed neither the first nor the second error. I erred and went astray for I did not keep the commandment of Yahweh. Now banish me from the light of your life. I will go to the sunsetting, and there I will be until I die.'
2 She began to walk towards the western parts, to mourn, to weep bitterly, and groan aloud.
3 She made a booth there, while she had in her womb offspring three months old.

xix 1 When the time of her bearing approached, she began to be distressed with pains, and she cried aloud to Yahweh and said:
2 'Pity me, O Yahweh, assist me.' She was not heard, and the mercy of Yahweh did not encircle her.
3 She said to herself: 'Who will tell my lord Adam? I implore you, you luminaries of heaven, what time you return to the east, bear a message to my lord Adam.'

xx 1 In that hour, Adam said: 'The complaint of Eve comes to me. Perchance, the serpent fights with her.'
2 He went, and found her in great distress. Eve said: 'From the moment I saw you, my lord, my grief-laden soul was refreshed. Entreat Yahweh on my behalf to hearken to you, look upon me, and free me from my awful pains.'
3 Adam entreated Yahweh for Eve.

xxi 1 Behold, there came twelve malaks and two 'virtues', standing on the right and on the left of Eve.
2 Michael was standing on the right, he stroked her on the face as far as to the breast, and said to Eve: 'Blessed are you, Eve, for Adam's sake. Since his prayers and intercessions are great, I am sent that you may receive our help.
3 Rise up now, and prepare to bear. She bore a son, and he was shining. At once the babe rose up, ran, bore a blade of grass in his hands, and gave it to his mother. His name was called Cain.

xxii 1 Adam carried Eve and the boy and led them to the East.
2 Yahweh sent diverse seeds by Michael the archangel, gave to Adam, and showed him how to work and till the ground, that they might have fruit by which they and all their generations might live.
3 Thereafter Eve conceived and bore a son, whose name was Abel. Cain and Abel used to stay together.
4 Eve said to Adam: 'My lord, while I slept, I saw a vision, as it were the blood of our son Abel in the hand of Cain, who was gulping it down in his mouth. Therefore I have sorrow.'
5 Adam said: 'Alas if Cain slew Abel. Let us separate them from each other mutually, and let us make for each of them separate dwellings.'

xxiii 1 They made Cain a husbandman, and Abel they made a shepherd, in order that in this way they might be mutually separated.
2 And thereafter, Cain slew Abel. Abel was slain when Adam was one hundred and twenty-two years. When Adam was one hundred and thirty years old, Adam knew his wife, begat a son, and called his name Seth.

xxiv 1 Adam said to Eve: 'Behold, I begot a son in place of Abel, whom Cain slew.'
2 After Adam begot Seth, he lived eight hundred years and begat thirty sons and thirty daughters (in all sixty-three children). They were increased over the face of the earth in their nations.

xxv 1 Adam said to Seth: 'Hear, my son Seth, that I may relate to you what I heard and saw after your mother and I were driven out of Paradise.
2 When we were at prayer, there came to me Michael the archangel, a messenger of Yahweh.
3 I saw a chariot like the wind, its wheels were fiery, I was caught up into the Paradise of righteousness, I saw Yahweh sitting, and His face was flaming fire that could not be endured. Many thousands of malaks were on the right and the left of that chariot.

xxvi 1 When I saw this I was confounded, terror seized me, and I bowed myself down before Yahweh with my face to the earth.
2 Yahweh said to me: 'Behold, you die, since you transgressed the commandment of Yahweh. You hearkened to the voice of your wife, whom I gave into your power, that you might hold her to your will. Yet you listened to her, and passed by My words.'

xxvii 1 When I heard these words of Yahweh, I fell prone on the earth, worshipped Him, and said: 'My Master, all powerful and merciful Yahweh, Holy and Righteous One, let not the name that is mindful of your majesty be blotted out, but convert my soul, for I die, my breath goes out of my mouth.
2 Do not cast me out from your presence, whom you did form of the clay of the earth. Do not banish from your favor him whom you did nourish.'
3 Lo! A word concerning you came upon me, and Yahweh said to me: 'Your days were fashioned, you were created with a love of knowledge, there will not be taken forever from your seed the [right] to serve Me.'

xxviii 1 When I heard these words I threw myself on the earth, adored Yahweh, and said: 'You are the eternal and supreme Yahweh, all creatures give you honor and praise.
2 'You are the true Light gleaming above all light[s], the Living Life, infinite mighty Power. To you, the spiritual powers give honor and praise. You work the abundance of your mercy on the race of men.'
3 After I worshipped Yahweh, Michael (Yahweh's archangel) seized my hand, cast me out of the paradise of 'vision', and of Yahweh's command.
4 Michael held a rod in his hand. He touched the waters, which were round about Paradise, and they froze hard.

xxix 1 I went across, Michael the archangel went across with me, and he led me back to the place where he caught me up.
2 Hearken, my son Seth, even to the rest of the secrets [and sacraments] that will be, which were revealed to me when I ate of the tree of knowledge,
3 and knew and perceived what will come to pass in this age, what Yahweh intends to do to his creation of the race of men.
4 Yahweh will appear in a flame of fire. From the mouth of His majesty He will give commandments and statutes (from His mouth will proceed a two-edged sword), and they will sanctify Him in the house of the habitation of His majesty.
5 He will show them the marvellous place of His majesty. Then they will build a house to Yahweh in the land which He will prepare for them, and there they will transgress His statutes. Their sanctuary will be burnt up, their land will be deserted, and they themselves will be dispersed because they kindled the wrath of Yahweh.
6 Once more He will cause them to come back from their dispersion, again they will build the house of Yahweh, and in the last time the house of Yahweh will be exalted greater than of old.
7 Once more iniquity will exceed righteousness. Thereafter Yahweh will dwell with men on earth [in visible form], and then righteousness will begin to shine. The house of Yahweh will be honored in the age, and their enemies will not be able to hurt the men who are believing in Yahweh. Yahweh will stir up for Himself a faithful people, whom He will save for eternity. The impious will be punished by Yahweh their king, the men who refused to love His law.
8 Heaven and earth, nights and days, and all creatures will obey Him, and not overstep His commandment. Men will not change their works, but they will be changed from forsaking the law of Yahweh.
9 Yahweh will repel the wicked from Himself, and the just will shine like the sun in the sight of Yahweh.
10 In that time men will be purified by water from their sins. Those who are unwilling to be purified by water will be condemned. Happy will be the man who ruled his soul [in this life] when the Judgment comes to pass, the greatness of Yahweh is seen among men, and their deeds are inquired into by Yahweh the just Judge.

xxx 1 Adam was nine hundred and thirty years old. Since he knew his days were coming to an end, he said: 'Let all my sons assemble themselves to me, that I may bless them before I die, and speak with them.'
2 They were assembled in three parts, before his sight, in the house of prayer, where they used to worship Yahweh.
3 They asked him: 'What concerns you, Father, that you should assemble us, and why do you lie on your bed?
4 'Adam answered, and said: 'My sons, I am sick, and in pain.' All his sons said to him: 'What does it mean, father, this illness and pain?'

xxxi 1 Then Seth his son said: 'O [my] lord, perchance you long after the fruit of paradise, which you were wont to eat, and therefore you lie in sadness? Tell me, I will go to the nearest gates of paradise, put dust on my head, throw myself down on the earth before the gates of paradise, lament, and make entreaty to Yahweh with loud lamentation. Perchance He will hearken to me, and send His malak to bring me the fruit for which you long.'
2 Adam answered, and said: 'No, my son, I do not long [for this], but I feel weakness and great pain in my body.'
3 Seth answered: 'What is pain, my lord father? I am ignorant. Do not hide it from us, tell us.'
4 Adam answered, and said: 'Hear me, my sons. Yahweh made us, me and your mother, placed us in paradise, and gave us every tree bearing fruit to eat. He laid a prohibition on us concerning the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which is in the midst of paradise: 'Do not eat of it.'
5 Yahweh gave a part of paradise to me and [a part] to your mother. The trees of the eastern part and the north, which is over against Aquilo He gave to me, and to your mother He gave the part of the south and the western part.

xxxiii 1 [Moreover] Yahweh gave us two malaks to guard us.
2 The hour came when the malaks ascended to worship in the sight of Yahweh. The Adversary found an opportunity while the malaks were absent, and the devil led your mother astray to eat of the unlawful and forbidden tree.
3 She ate, and gave to me.

xxxiv 1 Immediately, Yahweh was wroth with us, and Yahweh said to me: 'You left behind my commandment, and did not keep my Word which I confirmed to you. Behold, I bring seventy blows upon your body. With diverse griefs you will be tormented, beginning at your head, your eyes, and your ears, down to your nails on your toes, and in every separate limb.
2 These Yahweh appointed for chastisement. All these things Yahweh sent to me, and to all our race.'

xxxv 1 Thus Adam spoke to his sons. He was seized with violent pains, and he cried out with a loud voice: 'What will I do? I am in distress. So cruel are the pains with which I am beset.' When Eve saw him weeping, she also began to weep herself, and said: 'O Yahweh, hand his pain over to me, for it is I who sinned.'
2 Eve said to Adam: 'My lord, give me a part of your pains, for this comes to you from fault of mine.'

xxxvi 1 Adam said to Eve: 'Rise up, go with my son Seth to the neighborhood of Paradise, put dust on your heads, throw yourselves on the ground, and lament in the sight of Yahweh.
2 Perchance He will have pity [upon you], send His malak across to the tree of His mercy, where flows the oil of life, and will give you a drop of it to anoint me with, that I may have rest from these pains, by which I am being consumed.' Seth and his mother went off towards the gates of Paradise. While they were walking, lo! Suddenly there came a beast [a serpent] which attacked and bit Seth.
3 As soon as Eve saw it, she wept, and said: 'Alas, wretched woman that I am. I am accursed since I did not keep the commandment of Yahweh.'
4 Eve said to the serpent in a loud voice: 'Accursed beast! You do not fear to let yourself loose against the image of Yahweh, but dare to fight with it?'

xxxviii 1 The beast answered in the language of men: 'Is it not against you, Eve, that our malice [is directed]? Are you not the objects of our rage?
2 Tell me, Eve, how was your mouth opened to eat of the fruit? If I will begin to reprove you, you can not bear it.'

xxxix 1 Seth said to the beast: 'Yahweh revile you. Be silent, be dumb, shut your mouth, accursed enemy of Truth, confounder and destroyer.
2 Avaunt from the image of Yahweh till the day Yahweh orders you to be brought to the ordeal [resurrection].'
3 And the beast said to Seth: 'See, I leave the presence of the image of Yahweh, as you said.' Forthwith he left Seth, wounded by his teeth.

xl 1 Seth and his mother walked to the regions of Paradise for the oil of mercy to anoint the sick Adam. They arrived at the gates of Paradise, took dust from the earth, placed it on their heads, bowed themselves with their faces to the earth, and began to lament and make loud moaning,
2 imploring Yahweh to pity Adam in his pains, to send His malak to give them the oil from the 'tree of His mercy'.

xli 1 When they had been praying and imploring for many hours, behold, the malak Michael appeared to them, and said:
2 'I am sent to you from Yahweh. I am set by Yahweh over the bodies of men. I tell you, Seth, [you] man of Yahweh,
3 do not weep nor pray and entreat on account of the oil of the tree of mercy to anoint your father Adam for the pains of his body.

xlii 1 'I tell you that in no way will you be able to receive thereof save in the last days.'
2 When five thousand five hundred years are fulfilled, then the most beloved king Messiyah will come upon earth, the son of Yahweh, to revive the body of Adam (and with him to revive the bodies of the dead).
3 He, the Son of Yahweh, when He comes will be baptized in the river of Jordan, and when He comes out of the water of Jordan, then He will anoint from the oil of mercy all who believe in Him.
4 The oil of mercy will be for generation to generation for those who are ready to be born again of water and Yahweh's Spirit to life eternal.
5 The most beloved Son of Yahweh, Messiyah, descending on earth will lead your father Adam to Paradise to the tree of mercy.

xliii 1 'Seth, go to your father Adam, since the time of his life is fulfilled. Six days here, his soul will go off his body, and when it goes out, you will see great marvels in the heaven, in the earth, and the luminaries of heaven.
2 With these words, Michael departed from Seth.
3 Eve and Seth returned bearing with them herbs of fragrance (nard, crocus, calamus, and cinnamon).

xliv 1 When Seth and his mother reached Adam, they told him the beast [the serpent] bit Seth.
2 Adam said to Eve: 'What did you do? You brought a great plague upon us, transgression and sin for all our generations. This which you did, tell your children after my death.
3 Those who arise from us will toil and fail.
4 They will be wanting, curse us, and say: All evils our parents brought upon us, who were at the beginning.'
5 When Eve heard these words, she began to weep and moan.

xlv 1 Just as Michael the archangel foretold, after six days Adam's death came.
2 When Adam perceived the hour of his death was at hand, he said to all his sons: 'Behold, I am nine hundred and thirty years old, and I die. Bury me towards the sunrising in the field of yonder dwelling.'
3 It came to pass when he finished all his discourse, he gave up the spirit. [Then] the sun was darkened (and the moon and the stars) for seven days.

xlvi 1 Seth in his mourning embraced the body of his father from above. Eve was looking on the ground with hands folded over her head, and all her children wept most bitterly.
2 Behold, there appeared Michael the malak, who stood at the head of Adam, and said to Seth: 'Rise up from the body of your father, and come to me, see what is the doom of Yahweh concerning him.
3 His creature is he, and Yahweh pitied him.' All malaks blew their trumpets, and cried:

xlvii 1 'Blessed are you, O Yahweh, for you had pity on your creature.'

xlviii 1 Seth saw the hand of Yahweh stretched out holding Adam, and He handed him over to Michael, saying:
2 'Let him be in your charge in punishment till the day of Judgment, till the last years when I will convert his sorrow into joy.
3 He will sit on the throne of him who was his supplanter.'
4 Yahweh said to the malaks Michael and Uriel: 'Bring me three linen clothes of byssus, spread them out over Adam, with other linen clothes over Abel his son, and bury Adam and Abel his son.'
5 All the 'powers' of malaks marched before Adam, and the sleep of the dead was consecrated.
6 The malaks Michael and Uriel buried Adam and Abel in the parts of Paradise, before the eyes of Seth and his mother [and no one else].
7 Michael and Uriel said: 'Just as you saw, in like manner bury your dead.'

xlix 1 Six days after Adam died, Eve perceived she would die, [so] she assembled all her sons and daughters,
2 Seth with thirty brothers and thirty sisters, and Eve said to all: 'Hear me, my children, I will tell you what the archangel Michael said to us when I and your father transgressed the command of Yahweh.
3 "On account of your transgression, Our Master will bring upon your race the anger of His judgment, first by water, the second time by fire. By these two, Yahweh will judge the whole human race."

l 1 Hearken to me, my children. Make tables of stone, others of clay, and write on them all my life and your father's, [all] that you heard and saw from us.
2 When Yahweh judges our race by water, the tables of clay will be dissolved, and the tables of stone will remain. When by fire, the tables of stone will be broken up, and the tables of clay will be baked [hard].'
3 When Eve said all this to her children, she spread out her hands to heaven in prayer, and bent her knees to the earth. While she worshipped Yahweh and gave Him thanks, she gave up the spirit. Thereafter, all her children buried her with loud lamentation.

li 1 When they had been mourning four days, Michael the archangel appeared, and said to Seth:
2 'Man of Yahweh, do not mourn for your dead more than six days. The seventh day is the sign of the resurrection and the rest of the age to come, on the seventh day Yahweh rested from all His works.'
3 Thereupon Seth made the tables.

 








Slavonic Life of Adam and Eve

SLAVONIC VITA ADAE ET EVAE


xxviii 1 We sat together before the gate of Paradise. Adam, weeping with his face bent down to the earth, lay on the ground lamenting. Seven days passed by, we had nothing to eat, and were consumed with great hunger.
2 I, Eve, cried with a loud voice: 'Pity me, O Yahweh, My Creator. For my sake Adam suffers thus!'

xxxix 1 I said to Adam: 'Rise up! my lord, that we may seek food, for my spirit fails me, and my heart within me is brought low.'
2 Adam spoke to me: 'I have thoughts of killing you, but I fear since Yahweh created your image, you showed penitence and cried to Yahweh. Hence my heart does not depart from you.'

xxx 1 Adam arose. We roamed through all lands and found nothing to eat save nettles [and] grass of the field. We returned again to the gates of Paradise, cried aloud, and entreated: 'Have compassion on your creature.
2 O Yahweh [our] Creator, allow us food.'

xxxi 1 For fifteen days we entreated continuously. Then we heard Michael the archangel and Yoel praying for us.
2 Yoel the archangel was commanded by Yahweh, he took a seventh part of Paradise and gave it to us.
3 Yahweh said: 'Thorns and thistles will spring up from under your hands, from your sweat you will eat [bread], and your wife will tremble when she looks upon you.'

xxxii 1 The archangel Yoel said to Adam: 'Thus said Yahweh; I did not create your wife to command you, but to obey [you]. Why are you obedient to your wife?'
2 Yoel the archangel bade Adam separate the cattle and all kinds of flying and creeping things and animals, both wild and tame, and to give names to all things.
3 Then he took the oxen and began to plow.

xxxiii 1 The devil approached, stood before the oxen, hindered Adam in tilling the field, and said to Adam: 'The things of earth are mine, the things of Heaven are Yahweh's.
2 If you will be mine, you will labor on the earth. If you will be Yahweh's, go away to Paradise.'
3 Adam said: 'The things of Heaven are Yahweh's, and the things of earth, and Paradise, and the whole Universe.'

xxxiv 1 The devil said: 'I do not suffer you to till the field, except you write the bond that you are mine.'
2 Adam replied: 'Whosoever is lord of the earth, to the same I [belong], and my children.' The devil was overcome with joy. But Adam was not ignorant that Yahweh would descend on earth and tread the devil under foot.
3 The devil said: 'Write me your bond.'
4 Adam wrote: 'Who is lord of the earth, to the same I belong, and my children.'

xxxv 1 Eve said to Adam: 'Rise up, my lord, let us pray to Yahweh that He set us free from that devil, for you are in this strait on my account.'
2 Adam said: 'Eve, since you repented of your misdeed, my heart hearkens to you, for Yahweh created you out of my ribs. Let us fast forty days, perchance Yahweh will have pity on us, and will leave us understanding and life.' I, for my part, said: 'You, [my] lord,
3 fast forty days, but I will fast forty-four.'

xxxvi 1 Adam said to me: 'Haste to the river, named Tigris, take a great stone and place it under your feet, enter into the stream and clothe yourself with water, as with a cloak, up to the neck, and pray to Yahweh in your heart, but let no word proceed out of your mouth.'
2 I said: 'O [my] lord, with my whole heart I will call upon Yahweh.'
3 Adam said to me: 'Take great care of yourself. Except you see me and all my tokens, do not depart out of the water, nor trust in the words which are said to you, lest you fall again into the snare.'
4 Adam came to Jordan. He entered into the water and plunged himself altogether into the flood, even [to] the hairs of his head, while he made supplication to Yahweh, and sent prayers to Him.

xxxvii 1 The malaks came together, and all living creatures, wild and tame, and all birds that fly. They surrounded Adam like a wall, praying to Yahweh for Adam.

xxxviii 1 The devil came to me, wearing the form and brightness of a malak, shedding big teardrops, [and] said to me:
2 'Come out of the water, Eve. Yahweh hears your prayers and [hears] us malaks. Yahweh fulfilled the prayers of those who intercede on your behalf. Yahweh sent me to you, that you may come out of the water.'

xxxix 1 I, Eve, perceived that he was the devil, and answered him nothing. Adam returned from Jordan, saw the devil's footprints, and feared lest perchance he had deceived me.
2 When he saw me standing in the water he was overcome with joy. He took me, and led me out of the water.

xl 1 Adam cried out with a loud voice: 'Be silent, Eve, already is my spirit straitened in my body. Arise, go forth, utter prayers to Yahweh, till I deliver up my spirit to Yahweh.'







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Fear Yahweh - judgment day is coming!!