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BOOK OF MOSES
How Satan became the devilHe tempts EveAdam and Eve fall and death enters the world.
AND I, the aLord God, spake unto Moses, saying: That bSatan, whom thou hast commanded in the name of mine Only Begotten, is the same which was from the cbeginning, and he came before me, sayingBehold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will dredeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely eI will do it; wherefore fgive me thine honor.
But, behold, my Beloved aSon, which was my Beloved and bChosen from the beginning, said unto mecFather, thy dwill be done, and the eglory be thine forever.
Wherefore, because that aSatan brebelled against me, and sought to destroy the cagency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, and also, that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused that he should be dcast down;
And he became aSatan, yea, even the bdevil, the father of all clies, to ddeceive and to blind men, and to lead them ecaptive at his will, even as many as would not fhearken unto my voice.
And now the serpent was more asubtle than any beast of the field which I, the Lord God, had made.
And aSatan put it into the heart of the serpent, (for he had drawn away bmany after him,) and he sought also to cbeguile Eve, for he dknew not the emind of God, wherefore he sought to destroy the world.
And he said unto the woman: Yea, hath God saidYe shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (And he spake by the mouth of the serpent.)
And the woman said unto the serpent: We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden;
But of the fruit of the tree which thou beholdest in the midst of the garden, God hath saidYe shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the awoman: Ye shall not surely die;
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your aeyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, bknowing good and evil.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it became pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be adesired to make her wise, she took of the bfruit thereof, and did ceat, and also gave unto her husband with her, and he did eat.
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they had been anaked. And they sewed fig-leaves together and made themselves baprons.
And they heard the voice of the Lord God, as they were awalking in the garden, in the cool of the day; and Adam and his wife went to hide themselves from the bpresence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
And I, the Lord God, called unto Adam, and said unto him: Where agoest thou?
And he said: I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I beheld that I was naked, and I hid myself.
And I, the Lord God, said unto Adam: Who told thee thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat, if so thou shouldst surely adie?
And the man said: The woman thou gavest me, and commandest that she should remain with me, she gave me of the fruit of the tree and I did eat.
And I, the Lord God, said unto the woman: What is this thing which thou hast done? And the woman said: The serpent abeguiled me, and I did eat.
And I, the Lord God, said unto the serpent: Because thou hast done this thou shalt be acursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life;
And I will put aenmity between thee and the woman, between thy seed and her seed; and he shall bbruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Unto the woman, I, the Lord God, said: I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception. In asorrow thou shalt bring forth children, and thy desire shall be to thy bhusband, and he shall rule over thee.
And unto Adam, I, the Lord God, said: Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the fruit of the tree of which I commanded thee, sayingThou shalt not eat of it, acursed shall be the ground for thy sake; in bsorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.
Thorns also, and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.
By the asweat of thy bface shalt thou eat bread, until thou shalt return unto the groundfor thou shalt surely diefor out of it wast thou taken: for cdust thou wast, and unto dust shalt thou return.
And Adam called his wifes name Eve, because she was the mother of all living; for thus have I, the Lord God, called the first of all women, which are amany.
Unto Adam, and also unto his wife, did I, the Lord God, make coats of askins, and bclothed them.
And I, the Lord God, asaid unto mine Only Begotten: Behold, the bman is become as one of us to cknow good and evil; and now lest he put forth his hand and dpartake also of the etree of life, and eat and live forever,
Therefore I, the Lord God, will send him forth from the Garden of aEden, to till the ground from whence he was taken;
For as I, the Lord God, liveth, even so my awords cannot return void, for as they go forth out of my mouth they must be fulfilled.
So I drove out the man, and I placed at the east of the Garden of aEden, bcherubim and a flaming sword, which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life.
(And these are the words which I spake unto my servant Moses, and they are true even as I will; and I have spoken them unto you. See thou show them unto no man, until I command you, except to them that believe. Amen.)