Genesis 3

The Serpent's Deception

1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field that the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat of any tree in the garden?’” 2 The woman answered the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden, 3 but of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You must not eat of it [or] touch it, [or] you will die.’” 4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent told [her] . 5 “For God knows that in the day you eat of 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 pleasing to the eyes, [and that it was] desirable for obtaining wisdom, she took the fruit and ate it. She also gave [some] to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 And the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; so they sewed together fig leaves and made coverings for themselves.

God Arraigns Adam and Eve

8 Then the man and his wife heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the breeze
Or during the breezy time, possibly the evening breeze; Hebrew Ruach
of the day, and they hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
9 So the LORD God called out to the man, “Where [are] you?” 10 “I heard Your voice in the garden,” he replied, “and I was afraid because I [was] naked; so I hid myself.” 11 “Who told you that you [were] naked?” asked the LORD God. “Have you eaten of the tree from which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 And the man answered, “The woman whom You gave me, she gave me [fruit] from the tree, and I ate it.” 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What [is] this you have done?” “The serpent deceived me,” [she] replied, “and I ate.”

The Fate of the Serpent

14 So the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and every beast of the field! On your belly {will} you go, and dust you {will} eat, all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between [you] and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He {will} crush your head, and you {will} strike his heel.”

The Punishment of Mankind

16 To the woman He said: “I will sharply increase your pain in childbirth; in pain you will bring forth children. Your desire [will be] for your husband,
Or you will desire to control your husband
and he {will} rule over you.”
17 And to Adam He said: “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree from which I commanded you not to eat, cursed [is] the ground because of you; through toil you will eat [of] it all the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it {will} yield you, and you {will} eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat [your] bread, until you return to the ground— because out of it were you taken. For dust you [are] , and to dust you {shall} return.” 20 And Adam named his wife Eve,
Eve sounds like the Hebrew for giving life or living
because she would become the mother of all the living.

The Expulsion from Paradise

21 And the LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil. And now, lest he reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever...” 23 Therefore the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 So He drove out the man and stationed cherubim on the east side of the Garden of Eden, along with a whirling sword of flame to guard the way to the tree of life.
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