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Chapter 18
The Mortal Combat With The Serpent.
1 When the accursed serpent saw Adam and Eve, it swelled its head, stood on
its tail, and with eyes blood- red, acted like it would kill them.
2 It made straight for Eve, and ran after her; while Adam standing by, cried
because he had no stick in his hand with which to hit the serpent, and did not
know how to put it to death.
3 But with a heart burning for Eve, Adam approached the serpent, and held it by
the tail; when it turned towards him and said to him: --
4 "O Adam, because of you and of Eve, I am slippery, and go on my belly." Then
with its great strength, it threw down Adam and Eve and squeezed them, and
tried to kill them.
5 But God sent an angel who threw the serpent away from them, and raised
them up.
6 Then the Word of God came to the serpent, and said to it, "The first time I
made you slick, and made you to go on your belly; but I did not deprive you of
7 This time, however, you will be mute, and you and your race will speak no
more; because, the first time My creatures were ruined because of you, and this
time you tried to kill them."
8 Then the serpent was struck mute, and was no longer able to speak.
9 And a wind blew down from heaven by the command of God and carried away
the serpent from Adam and Eve, and threw it on the seashore where it landed in