Bible: Genesis 3-5

The Temptation and the Fall

3:1 Now 1  the serpent 2  was more shrewd 3 

than any of the wild animals 4  that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Is it really true that 5  God 6  said, ‘You must not eat from any tree of the orchard? 7  3:2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat 8  of the fruit from the trees of the orchard; 3:3 but concerning the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the orchard God said, ‘You must not eat from it, and you must not touch it, 9  or else you will die.’ 10  3:4 The serpent said to the woman, “Surely you will not die, 11  3:5 for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open 12  and you will be like divine beings who know 13  good and evil.” 14 

3:6 When 15  the woman saw that the tree produced fruit that was good for food, 16  was attractive 17  to the eye, and was desirable for making one wise, 18  she took some of its fruit and ate it. 19  She also gave some of it to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. 20  3:7 Then the eyes of both of them opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

The Judgment Oracles of God at the Fall

3:8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God moving about 21  in the orchard at the breezy time 22  of the day, and they hid 23  from the Lord God among the trees of the orchard. 3:9 But the Lord God called to 24  the man and said to him, “Where are you? 25  3:10 The man replied, 26 I heard you moving about 27  in the orchard, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.” 3:11 And the Lord God 28  said, “Who told you that you were naked? 29  Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? 30  3:12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave me, she gave 31  me some fruit 32  from the tree and I ate it.” 3:13 So the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this 33  you have done?” And the woman replied, “The serpent 34  tricked 35  me, and I ate.”

3:14 The Lord God said to the serpent, 36 

“Because you have done this,

cursed 37  are you above all the wild beasts

and all the living creatures of the field!

On your belly you will crawl 38 

and dust you will eat 39  all the days of your life.

3:15 And I will put hostility 40  between you and the woman

and between your offspring and her offspring; 41 

her offspring will attack 42  your head,

and 43  you 44  will attack her offspring’s heel.” 45 

3:16 To the woman he said,

I will greatly increase 46  your labor pains; 47 

with pain you will give birth to children.

You will want to control your husband, 48 

but he will dominate 49  you.”

3:17 But to Adam 50  he said,

Because you obeyed 51  your wife

and ate from the tree about which I commanded you,

‘You must not eat from it,’

cursed is the ground 52  thanks to you; 53 

in painful toil you will eat 54  of it all the days of your life.

3:18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,

but you will eat the grain 55  of the field.

3:19 By the sweat of your brow 56  you will eat food

until you return to the ground, 57 

for out of it you were taken;

for you are dust, and to dust you will return.” 58 

3:20 The man 59  named his wife Eve, 60  because 61  she was the mother of all the living. 62  3:21 The Lord God made garments from skin 63  for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. 3:22 And the Lord God said, “Now 64  that the man has become like one of us, 65  knowing 66  good and evil, he must not be allowed 67  to stretch out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 3:23 So the Lord God expelled him 68  from the orchard in Eden to cultivate the ground from which he had been taken. 3:24 When he drove 69  the man out, he placed on the eastern side 70  of the orchard in Eden angelic sentries 71  who used the flame of a whirling sword 72  to guard the way to the tree of life.

The Story of Cain and Abel

4:1 Now 73  the man had marital relations with 74  his wife Eve, and she became pregnant 75  and gave birth to Cain. Then she said, “I have created 76  a man just as the Lord did! 77  4:2 Then she gave birth 78  to his brother Abel. 79  Abel took care of the flocks, while Cain cultivated the ground. 80 

4:3 At the designated time 81  Cain brought some of the fruit of the ground for an offering 82  to the Lord. 4:4 But Abel brought 83  some of the firstborn of his flock – even the fattest 84  of them. And the Lord was pleased with 85  Abel and his offering, 4:5 but with Cain and his offering he was not pleased. 86  So Cain became very angry, 87  and his expression was downcast. 88 

4:6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why is your expression downcast? 4:7 Is it not true 89  that if you do what is right, you will be fine? 90  But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching 91  at the door. It desires to dominate you, but you must subdue it.” 92 

4:8 Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” 93  While they were in the field, Cain attacked 94  his brother 95  Abel and killed him.

4:9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” 96  And he replied, “I don’t know! Am I my brother’s guardian? 97  4:10 But the Lord said, “What have you done? 98  The voice 99  of your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground! 4:11 So now, you are banished 100  from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 4:12 When you try to cultivate 101  the

ground it will no longer yield 102  its best 103  for you. You will be a homeless wanderer 104  on the earth.” 4:13 Then Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment 105  is too great to endure! 106  4:14 Look! You are driving me off the land 107  today, and I must hide from your presence. 108  I will be a homeless wanderer on the earth; whoever finds me will kill me.” 4:15 But the Lord said to him, “All right then, 109  if anyone kills Cain, Cain will be avenged seven times as much.” 110  Then the Lord put a special mark 111  on Cain so that no one who found him would strike him down. 112  4:16 So Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and lived in the land of Nod, 113  east of Eden.

The Beginning of Civilization

4:17 Cain had marital relations 114  with his wife, and she became pregnant 115  and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was building a city, and he named the city after 116  his son Enoch. 4:18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father 117  of Mehujael. Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.

4:19 Lamech took two wives for himself; the name of the first was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah. 4:20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the first 118  of those who live in tents and keep 119  livestock. 4:21 The name of his brother was Jubal; he was the first of all who play the harp and the flute. 4:22 Now Zillah also gave birth to Tubal-Cain, who heated metal and shaped 120  all kinds of tools made of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.

4:23 Lamech said to his wives,

Adah and Zillah! Listen to me!

You wives of Lamech, hear my words!

I have killed a man for wounding me,

a young man 121  for hurting me.

4:24 If Cain is to be avenged seven times as much,

then Lamech seventy-seven times! 122 

4:25 And Adam had marital relations 123  with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son. She named him Seth, saying, “God has given 124  me another child 125  in place of Abel because Cain killed him.” 4:26 And a son was also born to Seth, whom he named Enosh. At that time people 126  began to worship 127  the Lord.

From Adam to Noah

5:1 This is the record 128  of the family line 129  of Adam.

When God created humankind, 130  he made them 131  in the likeness of God. 5:2 He created them male and female; when they were created, he blessed them and named them “humankind.” 132 

5:3 When 133  Adam had lived 130 years he fathered a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and he named him Seth. 5:4 The length of time Adam lived 134  after he became the father of Seth was 800 years; during this time he had 135  other 136  sons and daughters. 5:5 The entire lifetime 137  of Adam was 930 years, and then he died. 138 

5:6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father 139  of Enosh. 5:7 Seth lived 807 years after he became the father of Enosh, and he had 140  other 141  sons and daughters. 5:8 The entire lifetime of Seth was 912 years, and then he died.

5:9 When Enosh had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan. 5:10 Enosh lived 815 years after he became the father of Kenan, and he had other sons and daughters. 5:11 The entire lifetime of Enosh was 905 years, and then he died.

5:12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel. 5:13 Kenan lived 840 years after he became the father of Mahalalel, and he had other sons and daughters. 5:14 The entire lifetime of Kenan was 910 years, and then he died.

5:15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared. 5:16 Mahalalel lived 830 years after he became the father of Jared, and he had other sons and daughters. 5:17 The entire lifetime of Mahalalel was 895 years, and then he died.

5:18 When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch. 5:19 Jared lived 800 years after he became the father of Enoch, and he had other sons and daughters. 5:20 The entire lifetime of Jared was 962 years, and then he died.

5:21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 5:22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 142  for 300 years, 143  and he had other 144  sons and daughters. 5:23 The entire lifetime of Enoch was 365 years. 5:24 Enoch walked with God, and then he disappeared 145  because God took 146  him away.

5:25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 5:26 Methuselah lived 782 years after he became the father of Lamech, and he had other 147  sons and daughters. 5:27 The entire lifetime of Methuselah was 969 years, and then he died.

5:28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son. 5:29 He named him Noah, 148  saying, “This one will bring us comfort 149  from our labor and from the painful toil of our hands because of the ground that the Lord has cursed.” 5:30 Lamech lived 595 years after he became the father of Noah, and he had other 150  sons and daughters. 5:31 The entire lifetime of Lamech was 777 years, and then he died.

5:32 After Noah was 500 years old, he 151  became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

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