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2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the cfruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you dtouch it, lest you die.’ ”
4 eThen the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 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 So when the woman fsaw that the tree was good for food, that it was 1pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit gand ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, hand they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves 2coverings.
10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, kand I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
12 Then the man said, l“The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
The woman said, m“The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
“Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And nyou shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
Between you and the woman,
qHe shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”
“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
rIn pain you shall bring forth children;
And he shall trule over you.”
w“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
xIn toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall 6bring forth for you,
And yyou shall eat the herb of the field.
19 zIn the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
aFor dust you are,
And bto dust you shall return.”
22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”—23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden dto till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So eHe drove out the man; and He placed fcherubim gat the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of hlife.
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