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Chapter 56 A chapter of divine comfort. But, O Adam, he will not fulfil even one of the things he told you. There the angels began to comfort and to strengthen them, and then departed from them towards heaven, to their Creator, who had sent them. He then called to Adam, and said, "O Adam, come, let me speak to you. Chapter 57 "Therefore I fell. I am he who sent her, using my deceitful speech, to deceive you, until you both ate of the fruit of the tree and abandoned the command of God.
Or can you clothe me in the same bright nature in which God had clothed me? Where is that slick speech of yours that you had with us at first, when we were in the garden? Of course not. For I myself have never even thought of obtaining what I promised. Neither will there be any deliverance from my hands until the day promised you by your God.
And I, O Adam, shall set you on fire when you come into the cave to live there. Did he really then become king over us? This happened about sunset, on the fifty-third day after they had come out of the garden. Come, let us get up, and ask God to forgive us the sins we have committed; and we will not come out until the end of the day next to the fortieth. And if we die in here, He will save us.
For he called to his hosts, and they came, all of them. Then he said to them, "Since Adam and Eve, whom we deceived, have agreed together to pray to God night and day, and to beg Him to deliver them, and since they will not come out of the cave until the end of the fortieth day. Where is this love for you?
And where is the gift he promised? Then would you have rest from the trouble in which you are now. They were fallen down in the cave; yet what speech escaped from their mouths, was only in praises. Chapter 60 The Devil appears like an old man, He offers "a place of rest. I am flesh and bones like you; and at first I was a creature that God created.
And look, they are in suffering until this day, the eightieth. For they are now in great misery; and lie helpless from hunger. But grieve not over them, nor repent of that which has come over them. Send Your angels to bring them. But I have chosen you, because they are your offspring and are like you, and they will listen to what you say. Come, come with me, to a place of rest.
Chapter 61 They begin to follow Satan.
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For when we were in the cave there suddenly came to us a friendly old man who said to us, 'I am a messenger from God to you, to bring you back to some place of rest. And now, indeed, when he saw that you and Eve both joined together in fasting and praying, and that you came not out of the cave before the end of the forty days, he wished to make your purpose vein, to break your mutual bond; to cut off all hope from you, and to drive you to some place where he might destroy you.
And when you come out, go towards the eastern gate of the garden. And they returned towards the cave. This happened in the evening of the thirty-ninth day. But they watched the whole of that night praying, until morning. Chapter 62 Two fruit trees. He also had in his thoughts to destroy them. For Satan had buried them on the eastern side of it. Whereas I had in mind, when I buried them, to destroy them entirely, and to hide them forever. Chapter 63 The first joy of trees.
When did these two trees grow here? It seems to me that the enemy wishes to lead us the wrong way. Do you suppose that there is another cave besides this one in the earth? But if we should not find the two figs in it, then it cannot be our cave. It seems to me these two fig trees are the two figs that were in the cave. O God, have you taken them, and sown these two trees, or have we gone astray in the earth; or has the enemy deceived us? If it be real, then, O God, reveal to us the secret of these two trees and of the two figs. And they grew to be two large trees, that you be overshadowed by their branches, and find rest; and that I made you see My power and My marvelous works.
But I have not given him power over you. But do not eat any of their fruit or come near them. For Your power can make rocks to become trees, and trees to become rocks. And He changed the two fig trees into two figs, as they were at first, and then said to Adam and to Eve, "Each of you may take one fig. And Adam and Eve stood up and prayed during the setting sun. They were afraid that if they ate, their stomach would be burdened and their flesh thickened, and their hearts would take to liking earthly food. But God had put into them a mixture as of savory bread and blood.
Then they put aside what was left; but by the power of God, the figs became whole again, because God blessed them. And this was the end of the eighty-third day. Chapter 65 Adam and Eve acquire digestive organism Final hope of returning to the Garden is lost. We are in misery, we shall die! It would have been better for us to have died keeping our bodies pure than to have eaten and defiled them with food. Do you think, O Eve, that God will plague us through the food that is in us, or that our innards will come out; or that God means to kill us with this pain before He has fulfilled His promise to us?
O Lord, don't punish us; but deal with us according to Your great mercy, and forsake us not until the day of the promise You have made us. And they both knew from that hour that they were altered beings, that all hope of returning to the garden was now lost; and that they could not enter it. We no longer belong to the inhabitants of the garden; but from now on we are earthy and of the dust, and of the inhabitants of the earth.
We shall not return to the garden, until the day in which God has promised to save us, and to bring us again into the garden, as He promised us. That night Adam and Eve spent in the cave, where they slept heavily by reason of the food they had eaten. Chapter 66 Adam does his first day's work. But now let us also ask Him to give us a drink of water. And they stood on the bank, and prayed to God that He would command them to drink of the water. Take some and drink it, you and Eve, then give thanks and praise.
After having drunk, they praised God, and then returned to their cave, after their former custom. This happened at the end of eighty-three days. And they placed them there so that if their descendants came there, they would see the wonderful things God had done for them. He then returned to the cave; rejoicing at what he had learned of what is done with wheat, until it is made into bread for one's use.
Chapter 67 "Then Satan began to lead astray Adam and Eve.
So they readied themselves, and began to pull up the wheat by hand, until it was all done. And he called his hosts, and said to them, "Since God has shown to Adam and Eve all about this wheat, wherewith to strengthen their bodies -- and, look, they have come and made a big pile of it, and faint from the toil are now asleep -- come, let us set fire to this heap of corn, and burn it, and let us take that bottle of water that is by them, and empty it out, so that they may find nothing to drink, and we kill them with hunger and thirst.
So shall we be rid of them. It seems to me that Satan has burnt up the wheat. God sent us to you, to show you another field of corn, better than that; and beyond it is a fountain of good water, and many trees, where you shall live near it, and work the corn field to better purpose than that which Satan has consumed.
Then he fled with his hosts, and left them. Chapter 68 How destruction and trouble is of Satan when he is the master, Adam and Eve establish the custom of worship. And You have sent Your angels, who have caused us to lose our way from the corn field. Will You make us perish? If this be from you, O God, then take away our souls; but punish us not. He it is, who burnt down the corn, and poured out the water, and who has led you astray; and all the promises he has made you were just a trick, a deception, and a lie. And the angels commanded them to eat of the manna when they were hungry.
And they stood up and prayed, and besought the Lord saying, "Thus, O God, when we were in the garden, our praises went up to you, like this offering; and our innocence went up to you like incense. But now, O God, accept this offering from us, and don't turn us away, deprived of Your mercy. And the angel did so, as God had commanded him, and offered it to them.
But your deliverance and your entrance in to the garden, shall not be until the days are fulfilled as agreed between you and Me; were it not so, I would, of My mercy and pity for you, bring you back to My garden and to My favor for the sake of the offering you have just made to My name. And, again, through My rising again on this day, will I create joy, and raise them on high, who believe in Me; O Adam, offer this offering, all the days of your life. And on the first day, which is the fiftieth, Adam made an offering as he was accustomed, and he and Eve took it and came to the altar before God, as He had taught them.
Chapter 69 Twelfth apparition of Satan to Adam and Eve, while Adam was praying over the offering on the altar; when Satan beat him. And Satan fled. And there she stayed, crying over him; while a stream of blood flowed from Adam's side over his offering. He then sent His Word, and raised him up and said to him, "Fulfill your offering, for indeed, Adam, it is worth much, and there is no shortcoming in it.
This completed for Adam and Eve, one hundred and forty days since their coming out of the garden. And when it was morning, they went out, and went down westward of the cave, to the place where their corn was, and there rested under the shadow of a tree, as they were accustomed. It was Satan's doing, in his wickedness; in order to wage war against Adam through marriage.
Chapter 70 Thirteenth apparition of Satan, to trick Adam into marrying Eve. For he did not know it was Satan; therefore he received them with joy and consorted with them. Look, God has sent us to you to tell you something. But if you will not accept it, we will return to God, and tell Him that you would not receive His Word.
But now God says to you, to take Eve who came out of your side, and to marry her so that she will bear you children, to comfort you, and to drive from you trouble and sorrow; now this thing is not difficult, neither is there any scandal in it to you. Chapter 71 Adam is troubled by the thought of marrying Eve. If, then, I should do this, He will cut off my life from the earth, and He will cast me into hell, and will plague me there a long time. But you are devils that have come to me under the false appearance of angels.
Away from me; you cursed of God! And he and Eve got up, and returned to the Cave of Treasures, and went into it. And Adam remained thus standing and praying forty days and forty nights. He neither ate nor drank until he dropped down on the ground from hunger and thirst.
Chapter 72 Adam's heart is set on fire, Satan appears as beautiful maidens. How beautiful they are, and how different is their look from our own faces. And if so be, O Adam, you will not believe us, we will show you our husbands and our children. You should marry Eve, as we have married our husbands, so that you will have children as we have.
But he restrained himself, fearing that if he followed this advice of Satan, God would put him to death. Adam remained standing in prayer, yet not knowing how to pray, by reason of the thoughts in his heart regarding his marrying Eve; and he continued so until morning. For those devils have set my heart on fire, with thoughts of what they showed us, in their sinful apparitions.
Let us rather stand up and pray in our cave to God, to let us know whether this counsel is good or not. Because if you do not give us permission, we shall be overpowered, and follow that advice of Satan; and You will again make us perish. And if You give us no order respecting this thing, then sever Eve from me, and me from her; and place us each far away from the other. Yet if it is not each of us towards the other, it will, at all events, be through their appearance when the devils come to us in our likeness.
Chapter 73 The marriage of Adam and Eve. And from the time Adam left the garden until he wedded Eve, were two hundred and twenty-three days, that is seven months and thirteen days. Chapter 74 The birth of Cain and Luluwa, Why they received those names. It is not appropriate then, that I should give birth in it. Let us instead go to the sheltering rock cave that was formed by the command of God when Satan threw a big rock down on us in an attempt to kill us with it.
When the time came for her to give birth, she strained a lot.
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Adam felt sorry, and he was very worried about her because she was close to death and the words of God to her were being fulfilled: "In suffering shall you bear a child, and in sorrow shall you bring forth a child. And Adam ministered to Eve in the cave, until the end of eight days; when they named the son Cain, and the daughter Luluwa. Therefore Adam named him Cain. Adam and his son drew near to the offering, but Eve and the daughter did not approach it.
Adam and Eve waited until the daughter was eighty days old, then Adam prepared an offering and took it to Eve and to the children. They went to the altar, where Adam offered it up, as he was accustomed, asking the Lord to accept his offering. Then Adam, Eve, and the children, drew near together, and came down from the mountain, rejoicing. Adam washed his body and Eve hers also clean, after the suffering and distress that had come over them.
After they were weaned, Adam made an offering for the souls of his children in addition to the three times every week he made an offering for them. They named the son Abel and the daughter Aklia. After these children were born, Eve stopped having children. Chapter 76 Cain becomes jealous of Abel because of his sisters. He frequently moved them to make an offering, because he loved it. He prayed and fasted a lot. As he was coming into the Cave of Treasures, and saw the golden rods, the incense and the myrrh, he asked his parents, Adam and Eve, to tell him about them and asked, "Where did you get these from?
And Abel felt deeply about what his father told him. After hearing that, Abel remained behind after his father left and stayed the whole of that night in the Cave of Treasures. Then when it was day, an angel of God appeared to him, who said to him, "Do not cut short either fasting, prayer, or offering up an offering to your God.
For, look, the Lord had accepted your prayer. Be not afraid of the figure which appeared to you in the night, and who cursed you to death. When they heard it, they grieved much over it, but said nothing to him about it; they only comforted him. However, they wish to join you in marriage to his ugly sister, because they hate you.
That way your sister will be left for you, and his sister will be cast away. But the devil remained behind in Cain's heart, and frequently aspired to kill his brother. Chapter 77 Cain, 15 years old, and Abel 12 years old, grow apart. Then after that, they stood up and prayed that God would accept Abel's offering.
And God was more pleased with Abel than with his offering, because of his good heart and pure body. There was no trace of guile in him. But Abel, by reason of his joy at having made his offering, repeated it three times a week, after the example of his father Adam. He took the smallest of his sheep for an offering and when he offered it up, his eyes were on the lamb. Chapter 78 Jealousy overcomes Cain, He makes trouble in the family, How the first murder was planned. Yet if you will take my advice, and obey me, I will bring to you on your wedding day beautiful robes, gold and silver in plenty, and my relations will attend you.
Am I dead? Then a divine fire came down and consumed his offering. And God smelled the sweet savor of his offering; because Abel loved Him and rejoice in Him. Be righteous, that I may accept your offering. Not against Me have you murmured, but against yourself. And Adam grieved much because God had not accepted Cain's offering. And they rejoiced at it and kissed his face. But he was laying wait to kill his brother, until he brought him into the cave, and then said to him: -- 34 "O brother, the country is so beautiful, and there are such beautiful and pleasurable trees in it, and charming to look at!
But brother, you have never been one day in the field to take your pleasure in that place.
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But you have alienated yourself from me. But Cain, the forward, fetched a staff and went out. Chapter 79 A wicked plan is carried to a tragic conclusion, Cain is frightened. Where are those sheep of thine you told me to bless? By the breasts we have sucked, don't hit me! By the womb that bore us and that brought us into the world, don't beat me to death with that staff!
If you will kill me, take one of these large stones and kill me outright. But the ground would not receive him; but it threw him up at once. Am I my brother's keeper? For God did not curse him, but He cursed the ground; although it was not the ground that had killed Abel, and committed a wicked sin. Also did God bring trembling and terror over him, that he might see the peace in which he was at first, and see also the trembling and terror he endured at the last; so that he might humble himself before God, and repent of his sin, and seek the peace that he enjoyed at first.
Chapter 1 The grief stricken family, Cain marries Luluwa and they move away. When Luluwa heard Cain's words, she wept and went to call her father and mother, and told them how that Cain had killed his brother Abel.
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From his body, by reason of its purity, went forth a smell of sweet spices. Abel was fifteen and a half years old, and Cain seventeen years and a half. His sister bare him children, who in their turn began to multiply by degrees until they filled that place. After this, however, Eve conceived; and while she was with child, Adam said to her, "Come, let us take an offering and offer it up unto God, and ask Him to give us a fair child, in whom we may find comfort, and whom we may join in marriage to Abel's sister.
Then, they worshipped, Adam, Eve, and their daughter, and came down to the Cave of Treasures and placed a lamp in it, to burn by night and by day, before the body of Abel. But Adam remained by himself in the Cave of Treasures. Chapter 2 A third son is born to Adam and Eve. And Eve brought forth a son perfectly beautiful in figure and in countenance. His beauty was like that of his father Adam, yet more beautiful.
But the daughter stayed in his place by the body of her brother, until Adam returned. So did she. Then he named the child Seth, that means, "that God has heard my prayer, and has delivered me out of my affliction.
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Chapter 3 Satan appears as a beautiful woman tempting Adam, telling him he is still a youth, "Spend thy youth in mirth and pleasuse," The different forms which Satan takes. As for our father Adam, at the end of seven years from the day he had been severed from his wife Eve, Satan envied him, when he saw him thus separated from her; and strove to make him live with her again. But as soon as it was light every day he came down to the cave, to pray there and to receive a blessing from it. And he continued thus apart thirty-nine days. Then again, when thou art on the roof of this cave, thy prayer is poured out, and thy heart wanders from side to side.
For when God sent a deep sleep over thee, and drew her out of thy side, He brought me out also with her. But HE raised her by placing her with thee, while He lowered me. But God had made me a promise before, and said, 'Grieve not; when Adam has gone up on the roof of the Cave of Treasures, and is separated from Eve his wife, I will send thee to him, thou shalt join thyself to him in marriage, and bear him five children, as Eve did bear him five. God's promise to me is fulfilled; for it is He who has sent me to thee for the wedding; because if thou wed me, I shall bear thee finer and better children than those of Eve.
For thy days are few and thy trial is great. Be strong; end thy days in this world in rejoicing. I shall take pleasure in thee, and thou shall rejoice with me in this wise, and without fear. Then God ordered Satan to show himself to Adam plainly, in his own hideous form. Can God be black? Would God take the form of a woman? Is there any one stronger than God? And can He be overpowered? Therefore, I say unto thee, be not afraid of him; henceforth take care, and beware of him, in whatever he may do to thee.
But God did not the like to any one of Adam's seed; but only to Adam and Eve. And he came down from above the cave, and dwelt with Eve as aforetime. Chapter 5 The devil paints a brilliant picture for Seth to feast his thoughts upon. As for Seth, when he was seven years old, he knew good and evil, and was consistent in fasting and praying, and spent all his nights in entreating God for mercy and forgiveness. He also had a good heart, preserved the finest qualities of his soul; and for this reason he brought up his offering every day.
And he continued thus in doing the will of God, and of his father and mother, until he was seven years old. For it is rough, full of stones and of sand, and of trees with no good fruit on them; a wilderness without habitations and without towns; no good place to dwell in. But all is heat, weariness, and trouble.
Our world is one of light and our condition is of the best; our women are handsomer than any others; and I wish thee, 0 Seth, to wed one of them; because I see that thou art fair to look upon, and in this land there is not one woman good enough for thee. Besides, all those who live in this world, are only five souls. I wish, therefore, to remove thee hence, that thou mayest see my relations and be wedded to which ever thou likest. When Seth heard these words he was amazed, and inclined his heart to Satan's treacherous speech, and said to him, "Saidst thou there is an-other world created than this; and other creatures more beautiful than the creatures that are in this world?
Then if they give me leave to go with thee, I will come. But, behold, thou knowest this place; come, and meet me here to-morrow. Then I shall bring thee back to this place to-morrow; but if thou wouldest rather abide with me, so be it. But they treat me most kindly, because I come back to them quickly. Then Adam took Seth, and they went to the Cave of Treasures, and rejoiced therein.
Chapter 7 Seth marries Aklia, Adam lives to see grand children and great - grand children. When our father Adam saw that Seth was of a perfect heart, he wished him to marry; lest the enemy should appear to him another time, and overcome him. I wish thee to marry, from fear lest the enemy overcome thee. And he was fifteen years old. But Mahalaleel, when he was grown up, loved fasting, praying, and with hard labours, until the end of our father Adam's days drew near. Chapter 8 Adam's remarkable last words, He predicts the Flood, He exhorts his offspring to good, He reveals certain mysteries of life.
When our father Adam saw that his end was near, he called his son Seth, who came to him in the Cave of Treasures, and he said unto him: - 2 "0 Seth, my son bring me thy children and thy children's children, that I may shed my blessing on them ere I die. And how shall the earth receive thee and hide thee from our eyes? Command them to fast unto God; and make them understand they ought not to hearken to Satan, lest he destroy them.
But those who shall go into the ark shall take with them the gold, the incense, and the myrrh, together with my body; and will lay the gold, the incense, and the myrrh, with my body in the midst of the earth. But when it is spoiled, the gold the incense, and the myrrh shall be taken care of with the spoil that is kept; and naught of them shall perish, until the Word of God, made man shall come; when kings shall take them, and shall offer to Him, gold in token of His being King; incense, in token of His being God of heaven and earth; and myrrh, in token of His passion.
Keep my commandment, for thyself, and for thy people. When Adam had ended his commandment to Seth, his limbs were loosened, his hands and feet lost all power, his mouth became dumb, and his tongue ceased altogether to speak. He closed his eyes and gave up the ghost.
Chapter 10 "Adam was the first. And when they had ended their prayer, the Word of God came and comforted them concerning their father Adam. As I was with thy father, so also shall I be with thee, until the fulfilment of the promise I made him - thy father saying, I will send My Word and save thee and thy seed. Chapter 11 Seth becomes head of the most happy and just tribe of people who ever lived. After the death of Adam and of Eve, Seth severed his children, and his children's children, from Cain's children.
Cain and his seed went down and dwelt westward, below the place where he had killed his brother Abel. Then, again, the garden was not far above them, but only some fifteen spiritual cubits. They ate of the fruit and of trees well flavoured that grew on the mountain where they dwelt. For the family of Seth smelled the smell of the trees in the garden, when the wind blew that way. There was no animal passion; from no mouth among them went forth either foul words or curse; neither evil counsel nor fraud.
For the men of that time never swore, but under hard circumstances, when men must swear, they swore by the blood of Abel the just. They blessed themselves in the body of their father Adam, and anointed themselves with it. Chapter 12 Seth's family affairs. His death, The headship of Enos, How the outcast branch of Adam's family fared.
Then Seth, the just, called his son Enos, and Cainan, son of Enos, and Mahalaleel, son of Cainan, and said unto them:- 2 "As my end is near, I wish to build a roof over the altar on which gifts are offered. They worked diligently at these, and brought them to Seth their father who took them and offered them upon the altar; and prayed God to accept their offerings, to have mercy on the souls of his children, and to keep them from the hand of Satan.
And then God made a promise to Seth, saying, "At the end of the great five days and a half, concerning which I have made a promise to thee and to thy father, I will send My Word and save thee and thy seed. And he commanded him to feed his people in righteousness, in judgment and purity all the days of his life. They offered gifts for him, as they had done for our father Adam. Chapter 13 "Among the children of Cain there was much robbery, murder and Sin. In those days lived Lamech the blind, who was of the sons of Cain.
He had a son whose name was Atun, and they two had much cattle. Thus did Lamech many days. They said to him, "He is in the field with the cattle. And Lamech struck him with a stone from his sling, that fell upon his face, and knocked out both his eyes; then Cain fell at once and died. And the young shepherd said to him, "It is Cain our grandfather, whom thou hast killed, 0 my lord!
Chapter 14 Time, like an ever rolling stream, bears away another generation of men. When Enos was nine hundred years old, all the children of Seth, and of Cainan, and his first-born, with their wives and children, gathered around him, asking for a blessing from him. Chapter 15 The offspring of Adam continue to keep the Cave of Treasures as a family shrine.
After the death of Enos, Cainan stood at the head of his people in righteousness and innocence, as his father had commanded him; he also continued to minister before the body of Adam, inside the Cave of Treasures. And when he was about to enter into rest, all the fathers with their wives and children came to him, and he blessed them, and adjured them by the blood of Abel, the just, saying to them, "Let not one among you go down from this Holy Mountain; and make no fellowship with the children of Cain the murderer. Chapter 16 The good branch of the family is still afraid of the children of Cain.
Then Mahalaleel stood over his people, and fed them in righteousness and innocence, and watched them to see they held no intercourse with the children of Cain. Then they arose, and mourned for him forty days. Chapter 17 Jared turns martinet. He is lured away to the land of Cain where he sees many voluptuous sights, Jared barely escapes with a clean heart. Then Jared kept his father's commandment, and arose like a lion over his people.
He fed them in righteousness and innocence, and commanded them to do nothing without his counsel. For he was afraid concerning them, lest they should go to the children of Cain. As Jared was standing like a lion before the bodies of his fathers, praying and warning his people, Satan envied him, and wrought a beautiful apparition, because Jared would not let his children do aught without his counsel.
He wondered at their beauty and at their looks; and thought within himself whether they might not be of the children of Cain. He would not let us live there, but placed us inside the garden, below which ye are now dwelling. Ye will rest from all this suffering in which ye are. But if thou wilt not go down to them, then, arise, take thy children, and come with us to our garden; ye shall live in our beautiful land, and ye shall rest from all this trouble, which thou and thy children are now bearing.
But if our country does not please thee, thou shalt come back to thine own place. And they comforted him, until they came to the top of the mountain of the sons of Cain. Then will we clothe Jared and he shall be like us, good, handsome, and fit to come with us into our country. Then come back to us, quick. And they came down from the mountain, and Jared with them; and they stayed by a fountain of water, near the houses of the children of Cain and waited for their companion until he brought the garment for Jared.
And when Jared saw it he wondered at the beauty and grace thereof, and rejoiced in his heart believing it was all true. Then they gathered around them both men and women. Send Thy angel to draw me out of the midst of them; for I have not myself power to escape from among them. The children of Jared were in the habit of visiting him hour after hour, to receive his blessing and to ask his advice for every thing they did; and when he had a work to do, they did it for him.
And I beg you will ask God to keep me and to hide me from him unto the day of my death. Then also, beware of Satan; for he deluded me many a time with his apparitions, wishing to destroy me, but God delivered me out of his hand. Then they laid the bodies as they were at first; and Jared and his children stood praying the whole of that night, until break of day. And as he went up to the altar, he prayed to God for mercy and for forgiveness of his sin, concerning the lamp going out.
Chapter 19 The children of Jared are led astray. Then God revealed to him again the promise He had made to Adam; He explained to him the years, and revealed unto him the mystery of His coming upon the earth. And then withdrew His Word from him. But we record only this one for shortness sake, and in order not to lengthen our narrative. They began to go down from the Holy Mountain one after another, and to mix with the children of Cain, in foul fellowships.
Chapter 20 Ravishing music; strong drink loosed among the sons of Cain, They don colorful clothing, The children of Seth look on with longing eyes, They revolt from wise counsel; they descend the mountain into the valley of iniquity. They can not ascend the mountain again. After Cain had gone down to the land of dark soil, and his children had multiplied therein, there was one of them, whose name was Genun, son of Lamech the blind who slew Cain.
And they kept on gathering together on the top of the mountain, to look upon the children of Cain, from morning until evening, and upon what they did, upon their beautiful dresses and ornaments. The children of Seth heard it, and came as they used to do. He then arose with great fervour, and stood in the midst of them, and adjured them by the blood of Abel the just, "Let not one of you go down from this holy and pure mountain, in which our fathers have ordered us to dwell.
But they could not, because the stones of that holy mountain were of fire flashing before them, by reason of which they could not go up again. Send a messenger to those that are left, that they may not go down, and be lost. But he wished that his soul might depart from his body, rather than hear these words from God about the going down of his children from the Holy Mountain. Chapter 21 Jared dies in sorrow for his sons who had gone astray, A prediction of the Flood. After this another company gathered together, and they went to look after their brethren; but they perished as well as they. And so it was, company after company, until only a few of them were left.
And when you go from this holy mountain, into a strange land which ye know not, take with you the body of our father Adam, and with it these three precious gifts and offerings, namely, the gold, the incense, and the myrrh; and let them be in the place where the body of our father Adam shall lay. And thou shalt take the body of our father Adam from the cave, and place it with thee in the ark when the flood comes. His hands were loosened, his eyes closed, and he entered into rest like his fathers.
His death took place in the three hundred and sixtieth year of Noah, and in the nine hundred and eighty-ninth year of his own life; on the twelfth of Takhsas on a Friday. Then they rose and mourned for him forty days. Chapter 22 Only three righteous men left in the world, The evil conditions of men prior to the Flood. But Enoch kept the commandment of Jared his father, and continued to minister in the cave. And when Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech and Noah saw them, their hearts suffered by reason of their fall into doubt full of unbelief; and they wept and sought of God mercy, to preserve them, and to bring them out of that wicked generation.
For all the rest went down from the mountain and fell into sin with the children of Cain. Therefore were they forbidden that mountain, and none remained on it but those three men. Then Eve said to Adam: 'My lord, I am hungry. Go, look for something for us to eat. Perchance the Lord God will look back and pity us and recall us to the place in which we were before. And Eve said to Adam: 'Wilt thou slay me? How is it possible that I should stretch forth my hand against my own flesh? Nay, let us arise and look for something for us to live on, that we fail not.
And Adam said to Eve: 'This hath the Lord provided for animals and brutes to eat; 3 but we used to have angels' food. But it is just and right that we lament before the sight of God who made us. Let us repent with a great penitence: perchance the Lord will be gracious to us and will pity us and give us a share of something for our living. Tell me, what sort of penitence am I to do? Let us not put too great a labour on ourselves, which we cannot endure, so that the Lord will not hearken to our prayers: and will turn away His countenance from us, because we have not 3 fulfilled what we promised.
My lord, how much penitence hast thou thought to do for I have brought trouble and anguish upon thee? For I will spend forty days fasting, but do thou arise and go to the river Tigris and lift up a stone and stand on it in the water up to thy neck in the deep of the river.
And let no speech proceed out of thy mouth, since we are unworthy to address the Lord, for our lips are unclean from the unlawful and forbidden tree. But I will spend forty days in the water of Jordan, perchance the Lord God will take pity upon us. Likewise, Adam walked to the river Jordan and stood on a stone up to his neck in water.
Not for themselves let them lament, but for me; for it is not they that have sinned, but I. Cease now from sorrow and moans. Why art thou anxious 3 and thy husband Adam? The Lord God hath heard your groaning and hath accepted your penitence, and all we angels have entreated on your behalf, and made supplication to the Lord; 4 and he hath sent me to bring you out of the water and give you the nourishment which you had in paradise, and for which you are crying 5 out.
Now come out of the water and I will conduct you to the place where your victual hath been made ready. And when she had gone out, she fell on the earth and the devil raised her up and led her to Adam. And she cried out and said: 'Woe unto thee, thou devil. Why dost thou attack us for no cause? What hast thou to do with us? What have we done to thee? Or why doth thy malice 3 assail us? Have we taken away thy glory and caused thee to be without honour? Why dost thou harry us, thou enemy and persecute us to the death in wickedness and envy?
What have I done to thee or what is my fault against thee? Seeing that thou hast received no harm or injury from us, why dost thou pursue us? How is it possible that I should stretch forth my hand against my own flesh? Nay, let us arise and look for something for us to live on, that we fail not. And Adam said to Eve: 'This hath the Lord provided for animals and brutes to eat; 3 but we used to have angels' food. But it is just and right that we lament before the sight of God who made us.
Let us repent with a great penitence: perchance the Lord will be gracious to us and will pity us and will give us a share of something for our living. Tell me, what sort of penitence am I to do? Let us not put too great a labour on ourselves, 'which we cannot endure, so that the Lord will 2 not hearken to our prayers: and will turn away, His countenance from us, because we have not, 3 fulfilled what we promised.
My lord, how much penitence hast thou thought to do for I have brought trouble and anguish upon thee? For I will spend forty days fasting, but do thou arise and go to the river Tigris and lift up a stone and stand on it in the water up to thy neck in the deep of the river. And let no speech proceed out of thy mouth, since we are unworthy to address the Lord, for our lips are unclean from the unlawful and forbidden tree.
But I will spend forty days in the water of Jordan, perchance the Lord God will take pity upon us. Likewise, Adam walked to the river Jordan and stood on a stone up to his neck in water. Not, for themselves let them lament, but for me; for it is not they that have sinned, but I. Cease now from sorrow and moans. Why art thou anxious 3 and thy husband Adam?
The Lord God hath heard your groaning and hath accepted your penitence, and all we angels have entreated on your behalf and made supplication to the Lord; 4 and he hath sent me to bring you out of the water and give you the nourishment which you had in paradise, and for which you are crying 5 out. Now come out of the water and I will conduct you to the place where your victual hath been made ready. And when she had gone out, she fell on the earth and the devil raised her up and led her to Adam. And she cried out and said: Woe unto thee, thou devil.
Why dost thou attack us for no cause? What hast thou to do with us? What have we done to thee? Or why doth thy malice 3 assail us? Have we taken away thy glory and caused thee to be without honour? Why dost thou harry us, thou enemy and persecute us to the death in wickedness and envy? What have I done to thee or what is my fault against thee? Seeing that thou hast received no harm or injury from us, why dost thou pursue us? It is for thy sake that I have been hurled 2 from that place.
When thou wast formed, I was hurled out of the presence of God and banished from the company of the angels. When God blew into thee the breath of life and thy face and likeness was made in the image of God, Michael also brought thee and made us worship thee in the sight of God; and God the Lord spake: Here is Adam. I have made thee in our image and likeness. I will not worship an inferior and younger being than I. I am his senior in the Creation, before he was made was I already made. It is his duty to worship me. And Michael saith, 'Worship the image of God, but if thou wilt not worship him, the Lord God will be wrath 3 with thee.
And 3 straightway we were overcome with grief, since we had been spoiled of so great glory. And we 4 were grieved when we saw thee in such joy and luxury. And with guile I cheated thy wife and caused thee to be expelled through her doing from thy joy and luxury, as I have been driven out of my glory.
Banish this Adversary far from me, who seeketh to destroy my soul, and give 2, 3 me his glory which he himself hath lost. But Adam endured in his penance, standing for forty days on end in the water of Jordan. But I have erred and been led astray for I have not kept the commandment of God; and now banish me from the light of thy life and I will go to the sunsetting, 2 and there will I be, until I die. And she made there a booth, while she had in her womb offspring of three months old.
And she said to herself: 'Who shall tell my lord Adam? I implore you, ye luminaries of heaven, what time ye return to the east, bear a message to my lord Adam. Perchance, once more hath the serpent fought with her. And Eve said: 'From the moment I saw thee, my lord, my grief-laden soul was refreshed. And now entreat the Lord God on my behalf to 3 hearken unto thee and look upon me and free me from my awful pains.
Since his prayers and intercessions are great, I have been sent that thou mayst receive our help. Rise up now, and 3 prepare thee to bear.
And she bore a son and he was shining; and at once the babe rose up and ran and bore a blade of grass in his hands, and gave it to his mother, and his name was called Cain. And the Lord God sent divers seeds by Michael the archangel and gave to Adam and showed him how to work and till the ground, that they might have fruit by which they and all their generations might live.
Therefore I have sorrow. Yet let us separate them from each other mutually, and let us make for each of them separate dwellings. And they were increased over the face of the earth in their nations. When we were at prayer, there 3 came to me Michael the archangel, a messenger of God. And I saw a chariot like the wind and its wheels were fiery and I was caught up into the Paradise of righteousness, and I saw the Lord sitting and his face was flaming fire that could not be endured.
And many thousands of angels were on the right and the left of that chariot. And God said to me, 'Behold thou diest, since thou hast transgressed the commandment of God, for thou didst hearken rather to the voice of thy wife, whom I gave into thy power, that thou mightst hold her to thy will.
Yet thou didst listen to her and didst pass by My words.
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Cast me not out from Thy presence, me whom Thou didst form of the clay of the earth. Do not banish from Thy favour him whom Thou didst nourish. To Thee, the spiritual powers give honour and praise. Thou workest on the race of men the abundance of Thy mercy. And Michael held a rod in his hand, and he touched the waters, which were round about paradise, and they froze hard. Hearken, my son Seth, even to the rest of the secrets [and sacraments] that shall be, which were revealed to me, when I had eaten of the tree of the 3 knowledge, and knew and perceived what will come to pass in this age; [what God intends to do 4 to his creation of the race of men.
The Lord will appear in a flame of fire and from the mouth of His majesty He will give commandments and statutes [from His mouth will proceed a two-edged sword] and they will sanctify Him in the house of the habitation of His majesty. And then they will build a house to the Lord their God in the land which He shall prepare for them and there they will transgress His statutes and their sanctuary will be burnt up and their land will be deserted and they 6 themselves will be dispersed; because they have kindled the wrath of God. And once more He will cause them to come back from their dispersion; and again they will build the house of God; 7 and in the last time the house of God will be exalted greater than of old.
And once more iniquity will exceed righteousness. And thereafter God will dwell with men on earth [in visible form]; and then, righteousness will begin to shine. And the house of God will be honoured in the age and their enemies will no more be able to hurt the men, who are believing in God; and God will stir up for Himself a faithful people, whom He shall save for eternity, and the impious shall be punished 8 by God their king, the men who refused to love His law.
Heaven and earth, nights and days, and all creatures shall obey Him, and not overstep His commandment. Men shall not change their 9 works, but they shall be changed from forsaking the law of the Lord. Therefore the Lord shall repel from Himself the wicked, and the just shall shine like the sun, in the sight of God. And 10 in that time, shall men be purified by water from their sins.
But those who are unwilling to be purified by water shall be condemned. And happy shall the man be, who hath ruled his soul, when the Judgement shall come to pass and the greatness of God be seen among men and their deeds be inquired into by God the just judge. And they asked him saying : 'What concerns thee, Father, that thou shouldst assemble us, and why dost thou lie on 4 thy bed? Tell me and I will go to the nearest gates of paradise and put dust on my head and throw myself down on the earth before the gates of paradise and lament and make entreaty to God with loud lamentation; perchance he will hearken to me and send his angel to bring me the fruit, for which thou hast longed.
I am ignorant; but hide it not from us, but tell us about it. When God made us, me and your mother, and placed us in paradise and gave us every tree bearing fruit to eat, he laid a prohibition on us concerning the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which is in the midst of paradise; saying 2 'Do not eat of it. The hour came when the angels had ascended to worship in the sight of God; forthwith the adversary [the devil] found an opportunity while the angels were absent and the devil led your mother astray to eat of the 3 unlawful and forbidden tree.
And she did eat and gave to me. These hath God appointed for chastisement. All these things hath the Lord sent to me and to all our race. I am in distress. So cruel are the pains with which I am 2 beset. Perchance He will have pity upon you and send His angel across to the tree of His mercy, whence floweth the oil of life, and will give you a drop of it, to anoint me with it, that I may have rest from these pains, by which I am being consumed.