First Book of Adam and Eve HTML version

Chapter 27
The Second Tempting Of Adam And Eve.
The Devil Takes On The Form Of A Beguiling Light.
1 When Satan, the hater of all good, saw how they continued in prayer, and how
God communed with them, and comforted them, and how He had accepted their
offering -- Satan made an apparition.
2 He began with transforming his hosts; in his hands was a flashing fire, and they
were in a great light.
3 He then placed his throne near the mouth of the cave because he could not
enter into it by reason of their prayers. And he shed light into the cave, until the
cave glistened over Adam and Eve; while his hosts began to sing praises.
4 And Satan did this, in order that when Adam saw the light, he should think
within himself that it was a heavenly light, and that Satan's hosts were angels;
and that God had sent them to watch at the cave, and to give him light in the
5 So that when Adam came out of the cave and saw them, and Adam and Eve
bowed to Satan, then he would overcome Adam thereby, and a second time
humble him before God.
6 When, therefore, Adam and Eve saw the light, fancying it was real, they
strengthened their hearts; yet, as they were trembling, Adam said to Eve: --
7 "Look at that great light, and at those many songs of praise, and at that host
standing outside who won't come into our cave. Why don't they tell us what they
want, where they are from, what the meaning of this light is, what those praises
are, why they have been sent to this place, and why they won't come in?
8 If they were from God, they would come into the cave with us, and would tell us
why they were sent."
9 Then Adam stood up and prayed to God with a burning heart, and said: --
10 "O Lord, is there in the world another god besides You, who created angels
and filled them with light, and sent them to keep us, who would come with them?
11 But, look, we see these hosts that stand at the mouth of the cave; they are in
a great light; they sing loud praises. If they are of some other god than You, tell
me; and if they are sent by you, inform me of the reason for which You have sent