Genesis 3

The Fall

1Now a  the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the  Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You
In Hebrew  you is plural in verses 1–5
shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
2And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3but God said, c  ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 d  But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6So 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,
Or  to give insight
she took of its fruit f  and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, g  and he ate.
7 h  Then the eyes of both were opened i  and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

8And they heard the sound of the  Lord God walking in the garden in the cool
Hebrew wind
of the day, and the man and his wife k  hid themselves from the presence of the  Lord God among the trees of the garden.
9But the  Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
In Hebrew  you is singular in verses 9 and 11
10And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, m  because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12The man said, n  “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13Then the  Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, o  “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14The  Lord God said to the serpent,

Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and p  dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
15I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring
Hebrew seed; so throughout Genesis
and r  her offspring;
s  he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”

16To the woman he said,

“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
t  in pain you shall bring forth children.
u  Your desire shall be for
Or against
your husband,
and he shall w  rule over you.”

17And to Adam he said,

Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
x  of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
y  cursed is the ground because of you;
z  in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
aa  for you are dust,
and ab  to dust you shall return.”

20The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
 Eve sounds like the Hebrew for life-giver and resembles the word for  living
21And the  Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

22Then the  Lord God said, ad  Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand ae  and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” 23therefore the  Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden af  to work the ground from which he was taken. 24He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the ag  cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.

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