First Book of Adam and Eve
Forty-Three Days Of Penance Do Not Redeem One Hour Of Sin (V. 6).
1 Then Adam said to Eve, "Do you not see these figs and their leaves, with which
we covered ourselves when we were stripped of our bright nature? But now, we
do not know what misery and suffering may come over us from eating them.
2 Now, therefore, O Eve, let us restrain ourselves and not eat of them, you and I;
and let us ask God to give us of the fruit of the Tree of Life."
3 Thus did Adam and Eve restrain themselves, and did not eat of these figs.
4 But Adam began to pray to God and to beseech Him to give him of the fruit of
the Tree of Life, saying thus: "O God, when we transgressed Your
commandment at the sixth hour of Friday, we were stripped of the bright nature
we had, and did not continue in the garden after our transgression, more than
5 But in the evening You made us come out of it. O God, we transgressed
against You one hour, and all these trials and sorrows have come over us until
6 And those days together with this the forty-third day, do not redeem that one
hour in which we transgressed!
7 O God, look at us with an eye of pity, and do not avenge us according to our
transgression of Your commandment, in Your presence.
8 O God, give us of the fruit of the Tree of Life, that we may eat of it, and live,
and turn not to see sufferings and other trouble, in this earth; for You are God.
9 When we transgressed Your commandment, You made us come out of the
garden, and sent a cherub to keep the Tree of Life, lest we should eat thereof,
and live; and know nothing of faintness after we transgressed.
10 But now, O Lord, behold, we have endured all these days, and have borne
sufferings. Make these forty-three days an equivalent for the one hour in which