BERĔSHITH (GENESIS) 3. Nahash (The Serpent) Deceived Chayah (Eve).




Nahash (The Serpent) Deceived Chayah (Eve).

1And the naḥash (serpent). was more crafty than all the lives of the field which HA’NIN’, ELOHIM had made, and he said to the woman, “Is it true THAT ELOHIM has said, ‘Do not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
2And the woman, Chayah, said to the naḥash, “We are to eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden,
3but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, HA’YHWH ELOHIM HAS SAID, ‘Do not eat of it, nor touch it, lest you die.”
4And the naḥash said to the woman, “You shall certainly not die.
5“For HA’YHWH ELOHIM knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be like HIM, knowing good and evil.”
6And the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, and she took of its fruit and ate. And she also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
7Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made loin coverings for themselves.
8And they heard the voice of HA’NIN’, ELOHIM Strolling about in the garden in the cool of the day, and Aḏama and his wife, Chaya, hid themselves from the presence of HA’NIN’, ELOHIM among the trees of the garden.
9And HA’YHWH ELOHIM called unto Aḏama and said to him, “Where are you?”
10And he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid myself.”
11And He said, “Who made you know that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
12And the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I ate.”
13And HA’NIN’, ELOHIM Said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman, Chayah said, “The naḥash deceived me, and I ate.”
14And HA’RUACH ELOHIM said to the naḥash, “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all livestock and more than every beast of the field. On your belly you are to go, and eat dust all the days of your life.
15And I put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed ,He shall crush your head, and you shall crush His heel.”
16To the woman HE, HA’RUACH ELOHIM SAID, “I greatly increase your sorrow and your conception – bring forth children in pain. And your desire is for your husband, and he does rule over you.”
17And to the man HE, HA’RUACH ELOHIM said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘Do not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground because of you, in toil you are to eat of it all the days of your life.
18And the ground, shall bring forth thorns and thistles for you, and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19By the sweat of your face you are to eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are, and to dust you return.
20And the man called his wife’s name Ḥawwah, because she became the mother of all living.
21And HA’YHWH ELOHIM made coats of skin for the man and his wife and dressed them.
22And HA’YHWH ELOHIM said, “See, 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…”
23So  HA’NIN’, ELOHIM sent him out of the garden of Ěḏen to till the ground from which he was taken,
24and He drove the man out. And He placed keruḇim at the east of the garden of Ěḏen, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
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Foot notes.
-NaḥashOr Naḥash. Traditionally rendered the “serpent”. See Explanatory Notes “Naḥash” and “Serpent”.