First Book of Adam and Eve HTML version

Chapter 16
The First Sunrise. Adam And Eve Think It Is A Fire Coming To Burn Them.
1 After this, Adam and Eve continued to stand in the cave, praying and crying,
until the morning dawned on them.
2 And when they saw the light returned to them, they retrained from fear, and
strengthened their hearts.
3 Then Adam began to come out of the cave. And when he came to the mouth of
it, and stood and turned his face towards the east, and saw the sunrise in
glowing rays, and felt the heat thereof on his body, he was afraid of it, and
thought in his heart that this flame came forth to plague him.
4 He then cried and beat his chest, then he fell on the ground on his face and
made his request, saying: --
5 "O Lord, plague me not, neither consume me, nor yet take away my life from
the earth."
6 For he thought the sun was God.
7 Because while he was in the garden and heard the voice of God and the sound
He made in the garden, and feared Him, Adam never saw the brilliant light of the
sun, neither did its flaming heat touch his body.
8 Therefore he was afraid of the sun when flaming rays of it reached him. He
thought God meant to plague him therewith all the days He had decreed for him.
9 For Adam also said in his thoughts, as God did not plague us with darkness,
behold, He has caused this sun to rise and to plague us with burning heat.
10 But while he was thinking like this in his heart, the Word of God came to him
and said: --
11 "O Adam, get up on your feet. This sun is not God; but it has been created to
give light by day, of which I spoke to you in the cave saying, 'that the dawn would
come, and there would be light by day.'
12 But I am God who comforted you in the night."
13 And God ceased to commune with Adam.