The serpent's craft. The fall of our first parents. Their punishment. The promise of a Redeemer.
1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any of the beasts of the earth which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman: Why hath God commanded you, that you should not eat of every tree of paradise?
Sed et serpens erat callidior cunctis animantibus terrae quae fecerat Dominus Deus. Qui dixit ad mulierem : Cur praecepit vobis Deus ut non comederetis de omni ligno paradisi?
2 And the woman answered him, saying: Of the fruit of the trees that are in paradise we do eat:
Cui respondit mulier : De fructu lignorum, quae sunt in paradiso, vescimur :
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of paradise, God hath commanded us that we should not eat; and that we should not touch it, lest perhaps we die.
de fructu vero ligni quod est in medio paradisi, praecepit nobis Deus ne comederemus, et ne tangeremus illud, ne forte moriamur.
4 And the serpent said to the woman: No, you shall not die the death.
Dixit autem serpens ad mulierem : Nequaquam morte moriemini.
5 For God doth know that in what day soever you shall eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil.
Scit enim Deus quod in quocumque die comederitis ex eo, aperientur oculi vestri, et eritis sicut dii, scientes bonum et malum.
6 And the woman saw that the tree was good to eat, and fair to the eyes, and delightful to behold: and she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave to her husband who did eat.
Vidit igitur mulier quod bonum esset lignum ad vescendum, et pulchrum oculis, aspectuque delectabile : et tulit de fructu illius, et comedit : deditque viro suo, qui comedit.
7 And the eyes of them both were opened: and when they perceived themselves to be naked, they sewed together fig leaves, and made themselves aprons.
Et aperti sunt oculi amborum; cumque cognovissent se esse nudos, consuerunt folia ficus, et fecerunt sibi perizomata.
8 And when they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in paradise at the afternoon air, Adam and his wife hid themselves from the face of the Lord God, amidst the trees of paradise.
Et cum audissent vocem Domini Dei deambulantis in paradiso ad auram post meridiem, abscondit se Adam et uxor ejus a facie Domini Dei in medio ligni paradisi.
9 And the Lord God called Adam, and said to him: Where art thou?
Vocavitque Dominus Deus Adam, et dixit ei : Ubi es?
10 And he said: I heard thy voice in paradise; and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.
Qui ait : Vocem tuam audivi in paradiso, et timui, eo quod nudus essem, et abscondi me.
11 And he said to him: And who hath told thee that thou wast naked, but that thou hast eaten of the tree whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat?
Cui dixit : Quis enim indicavit tibi quod nudus esses, nisi quod ex ligno de quo praeceperam tibi ne comederes, comedisti?
12 And Adam said: The woman, whom thou gavest me to be my companion, gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
Dixitque Adam : Mulier, quam dedisti mihi sociam, dedit mihi de ligno, et comedi.
13 And the Lord God said to the woman: Why hast thou done this? And she answered: The serpent deceived me, and I did eat.
Et dixit Dominus Deus ad mulierem : Quare hoc fecisti? Quae respondit : Serpens decepit me, et comedi.
14 And the Lord God said to the serpent: Because thou hast done this thing, thou art cursed among all cattle, and beasts of the earth: upon thy breast shalt thou go, and earth shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.
Et ait Dominus Deus ad serpentem : Quia fecisti hoc, maledictus es inter omnia animantia, et bestias terrae : super pectus tuum gradieris, et terram comedes cunctis diebus vitae tuae.
15 I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.
Inimicitias ponam inter te et mulierem, et semen tuum et semen illius : ipsa conteret caput tuum, et tu insidiaberis calcaneo ejus.
16 To the woman also he said: I will multiply thy sorrows, and thy conceptions: in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children, and thou shalt be under thy husband's power, and he shall have dominion over thee.
Mulieri quoque dixit : Multiplicabo aerumnas tuas, et conceptus tuos : in dolore paries filios, et sub viri potestate eris, et ipse dominabitur tui.
17 And to Adam he said: Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat, cursed is the earth in thy work; with labour and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life.
Adae vero dixit : Quia audisti vocem uxoris tuae, et comedisti de ligno, ex quo praeceperam tibi ne comederes, maledicta terra in opere tuo : in laboribus comedes ex ea cunctis diebus vitae tuae.
18 Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herbs of the earth.
Spinas et tribulos germinabit tibi, et comedes herbam terrae.
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth, out of which thou wast taken: for dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return.
In sudore vultus tui vesceris pane, donec revertaris in terram de qua sumptus es : quia pulvis es et in pulverem reverteris.
20 And Adam called the name of his wife Eve: because she was the mother of all the living.
Et vocavit Adam nomen uxoris suae, Heva : eo quod mater esset cunctorum viventium.
21 And the Lord God made for Adam and his wife, garments of skins, and clothed them.
Fecit quoque Dominus Deus Adae et uxori ejus tunicas pelliceas, et induit eos :
22 And he said: Behold Adam is become as one of us, knowing good and evil: now, therefore, lest perhaps he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.
et ait : Ecce Adam quasi unus ex nobis factus est, sciens bonum et malum : nunc ergo ne forte mittat manum suam, et sumat etiam de ligno vitae, et comedat, et vivat in aeternum.
23 And the Lord God sent him out of the paradise of pleasure, to till the earth from which he was taken.
Et emisit eum Dominus Deus de paradiso voluptatis, ut operaretur terram de qua sumptus est.
24 And he cast out Adam; and placed before the paradise of pleasure Cherubims, and a flaming sword, turning every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Ejecitque Adam : et collocavit ante paradisum voluptatis cherubim, et flammeum gladium, atque versatilem, ad custodiendam viam ligni vitae.