First Book of Adam and Eve HTML version

Chapter 23
Adam And Eve Strengthen Themselves And Make The First Altar Ever Built.
1 Then Adam cried more and said, "O God, have mercy on me, so far as to take
on yourself, that which I will do."
2 But God withdrew His Word from Adam and Eve.
3 Then Adam and Eve stood on their feet; and Adam said to Eve, "Strengthen
yourself, and I also will strengthen myself." And she strengthened herself, as
Adam told her.
4 Then Adam and Eve took stones and placed them in the shape of an altar; and
they took leaves from the trees outside the garden, with which they wiped, from
the face of the rock, the blood they had spilled.
5 But that which had dropped on the sand, they took together with the dust with
which it was mingled and offered it on the altar as an offering to God.
6 Then Adam and Eve stood under the Altar and cried, thus praying to God,
"Forgive us our trespass* and our sin, and look at us with Thine eye of mercy.
For when we were in the garden our praises and our hymns went up before you
without ceasing.
7 But when we came into this strange land, pure praise was not longer ours, nor
righteous prayer, nor understanding hearts, nor sweet thoughts, nor just
counsels, nor long discernment, nor upright feelings, neither is our bright nature
left us. But our body is changed from the likeness in which it was at first, when
we were created.
8 Yet now look at our blood which is offered on these stones, and accept it at our
hands, like the praise we used to sing to you at first, when in the garden."
9 And Adam began to make more requests of God.
BEFORE OUR LORD: Our Father, Who art in Heaven, be gracious unto us, O
Lord our God, hallowed be Your Name, and let the remembrance of Thee be
glorified Heaven above and upon earth here below.
Let Your kingdom reign over us now and forever. The Holy Men of old said remit
and forgive unto all men whatsoever they have done unto me. And lead us not