First Book of Adam and Eve
God Represented As Merciful And Loving. The Establishing Of Worship.
1 But God knew that Adam believed he should frequently kill himself and make
an offering to Him of his blood.
2 Therefore He said to him, "O Adam, don't ever kill yourself like this again, by
throwing yourself down from that mountain."
3 But Adam said to God, "I was thinking to put an end to myself at once, for
having transgressed Your commandments, and for my having come out of the
beautiful garden; and for the bright light of which You have deprived me; and for
the praises which poured forth from my mouth without ceasing, and for the light
that covered me.
4 Yet of Your goodness, O God, do not get rid of me altogether; but be favorable
to me every time I die, and bring me to life.
5 And thereby it will be made known that You are a merciful God, who does not
want anyone to perish; who loves not that one should fall; and who does not
condemn any one cruelly, badly, and by whole destruction."
6 Then Adam remained silent.
7 And the Word of God came to him, and blessed him, and comforted him, and
covenanted with him, that He would save him at the end of the days determined
8 This, then, was the first offering Adam made to God; and so it became his
custom to do.