First Book of Adam and Eve HTML version

Chapter 17
The Chapter Of The Serpent.
1 The Adam and Eve came out at the mouth of the cave, and went towards the
2 But as they went near it, before the western gate, from which Satan came
when he deceived Adam and Eve, they found the serpent that became Satan
coming at the gate, and sorrowfully licking the dust, and wiggling on its breast on
the ground, by reason of the curse that fell on it from God.
3 And whereas before the serpent was the most exalted of all beasts, now it was
changed and become slippery, and the meanest of them all, and it crept on its
breast and went on its belly.
4 And whereas it was the fairest of all beasts, it had been changed, and was
become the ugliest of them all. Instead of feeding on the best food, now it turned
to eat the dust. Instead of living, as before, in the best places, now it lived in the
5 And, whereas it had been the most beautiful of all beasts, all of which stood
dumb at its beauty, it was now abhorred of them.
6 And, again, whereas it lived in one beautiful home, to which all other animals
came from elsewhere; and where it drank, they drank also of the same; now,
after it had become venomous, by reason of God's curse, all beasts fled from its
home, and would not drink of the water it drank; but fled from it.