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The Temptation and the Fall

1Now the serpent was more crafty than any animal of the field that Yahweh God had made. He said to the woman, “Has God really said, ‘You must not eat from any tree of the garden?’”

2The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat,
  3but from the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You must not eat from it, nor are you to touch it, or you will die.’”

4But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die,a
  5for God knows that in the day you eat it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
  6When 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, she took of its fruit and ate, and she gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
  7Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked, so they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

Sin’s Consequences

8They heard the sound of Yahweh God walking around in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Yahweh God among the trees of the garden.
  9Then Yahweh God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”

10The man said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid myself.”

11God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

12The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.”

13Yahweh God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14Yahweh God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed above all livestock and above every animal of the field. On your belly you will go, and you will eat dust all the days of your life.
  15I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed.b He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”

16To the woman he said, “I will increase, yes, increase your pain and toil in childbirth. In pain and toil you will bear children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”

17To Adam he said, “Because you have listened to your wife’s voice and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You must not eat of it,’ Cursed is the ground for your sake. In pain and toil you will eat from it all the days of your life.
  18It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.
  19By the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For you are dust, and to dust you will return.”

20Adam called his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
  21Yahweh God made tunics of skin for Adam and for his wife and clothed them.

22Yahweh God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. Now, so that he does not reach out his hand and also take of the tree of life and eat, and live forever….”
  23Therefore Yahweh God sent him out from the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.
  24So he drove out the man, and east of the garden of Eden he stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword that was turning in every direction, to guard the way to the tree of life.

Literally, die, yes, die, the Devil quoted God (Gen. 2:17).
Or, offspring

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