First Book of Adam and Eve
Adam Receives The First Worldly Goods.
1 After these things, God commanded the angel Gabriel to go down to the
garden, and say to the cherub who kept it, "Behold, God has commanded me to
come into the garden, and to take from it sweet smelling incense, and give it to
2 Then the angel Gabriel went down by God's order to the garden, and told the
cherub as God had commanded him.
3 The cherub then said, "Well." And Gabriel went in and took the incense.
4 Then God commanded his angel Raphael to go down to the garden, and speak
to the cherub about some myrrh, to give to Adam.
5 And the angel Raphael went down and told the cherub as God had
commanded him, and the cherub said, "Well." Then Raphael went in and took
6 The golden rods were from the Indian sea, where there are precious stones.
The incense was from the eastern border of the garden; and the myrrh from the
western border, from where bitterness came over Adam.
7 And the angels brought these things to God, by the Tree of Life, in the garden.
8 Then God said to the angels, "Dip them in the spring of water; then take them
and sprinkle their water over Adam and Eve, that they be a little comforted in
their sorrow, and give them to Adam and Eve.
9 And the angels did as God had commanded them, and they gave all those
things to Adam and Eve on the top of the mountain on which Satan had placed
them, when he sought to make an end of them.
10 And when Adam saw the golden rods, the incense and the myrrh, he was
rejoiced and cried because he thought that the gold was a token of the kingdom
from where he had come, that the incense was a token of the bright light which
had been taken from him, and that the myrrh was a token of the sorrow in which