The Fall

Now the serpent(A) was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?(B)

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,(C) but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”(D)

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.(E) “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,(F) knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable(G) for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband,(H) who was with her, and he ate it.(I)

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13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me,(A) and I ate.”

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14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.(A)

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The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent(A) called the devil,(B) or Satan,(C) who leads the whole world astray.(D) He was hurled to the earth,(E) and his angels with him.

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