First Book of Adam and Eve HTML version

Chapter 13
The Fall Of Adam. Why Night And Day Were Created.
1 Then when God, who is merciful and full of pity, heard Adam's voice, He said to
him: --
2 "O Adam, so long as the good angel was obedient to Me, a bright light rested
on him and on his hosts.
3 But when he transgressed My commandment, I deprived him of that bright
nature, and he became dark.
4 And when he was in the heavens, in the realms of light, he knew nothing of
5 But he transgressed, and I made him fall from the heaven onto the earth; and it
was this darkness that came over him.
6 And on you, O Adam, while in My garden and obedient to Me, did that bright
light rest also.
7 But when I heard of your transgression, I deprived you of that bright light. Yet,
of My mercy, I did not turn you into darkness, but I made you your body of flesh,
over which I spread this skin, in order that it may bear cold and heat.
8 If I had let My wrath fall heavily on you, I should have destroyed you; and had I
turned you into darkness, it would have been as if I had killed you.
9 But in My mercy, I have made you as you are; when you transgressed My
commandment, O Adam, I drove you from the garden, and made you come forth
into this land; and commanded you to live in this cave; and darkness covered
you, as it did over him who transgressed My commandment.
10 Thus, O Adam, has this night deceived you. It is not to last forever; but is only
of twelve hours; when it is over, daylight will return.
11 Sigh not, therefore, neither be moved; and say not in your heart that this
darkness is long and drags on wearily; and say not in your heart that I plague you
with it.
12 Strengthen your heart, and be not afraid. This darkness is not a punishment.
But, O Adam, I have made the day, and have placed the sun in it to give light; in
order that you and your children should do your work.