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Song of Solomon
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1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any animal
of the field which Jehovah God had made. He said to the woman, “Has God really
said, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden?’”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat
fruit from the trees of the garden, 3 but not the fruit of the tree which
is in the middle of the garden. God has said, ‘You shall not eat of it. You
shall not touch it, lest you die.’”
4 The serpent said to the woman, “You won’t
surely die, 5 for God knows that in the day you eat it, your eyes will be
opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for
food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be
desired to make one wise, she took some of its fruit, and ate; and she gave
some to her husband with her, and he ate it, too. 7 Their eyes were
opened, and they both knew that they were naked. They sewed fig leaves
together, and made coverings for themselves. 8 They heard Jehovah God’s
voice walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife
hid themselves from the presence of Jehovah God among the trees of the garden.
9 Jehovah God called to the man, and said to him,
“Where are you?”
10 The man said, “I heard your voice in the
garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
11 God said, “Who told you that you were naked?
Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be
with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
13 Jehovah God said to the woman, “What have you
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 Jehovah God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
you are cursed above all livestock,
and above every animal of the field.
You shall go on your belly
and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.
15 I will put hostility between you and the
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will bruise your head,
and you will bruise his heel.”
16 To the woman he said,
“I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth.
In pain you will bear children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”
17 To Adam he said,
“Because you have listened to your wife’s voice,
and ate from the tree,
about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not
eat of it,’
the ground is cursed for your sake.
You will eat from it with much labor all the days of
18 It will yield thorns and thistles to you;
and you will eat the herb of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face will you eat bread
until you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken.
For you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.”
20 The man called his wife Eve because she would
be the mother of all the living. 21 Jehovah God made coats of animal skins
for Adam and for his wife, and clothed them.
22 Jehovah God said, “Behold, the man has become
like one of us, knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand, and
also take of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever...” 23 Therefore Jehovah
God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was
taken. 24 So he drove out the man; and he placed cherubim at the east of
the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the
way to the tree of life.
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