First Book of Adam and Eve HTML version

Chapter 28
The Devil Pretends To Lead Adam And Eve To The Water To Bathe.
1 But when the crafty Satan saw them, that they were going to the garden, he
gathered together his host, and came in appearance on a cloud, intent on
deceiving them.
2 But when Adam and Eve saw him thus in a vision, they thought they were
angels of God come to comfort them about having left the garden, or to bring
them back again into it.
3 And Adam spread his hands before God, beseeching Him to make him
understand what they were.
4 Then Satan, the hater of all good, said to Adam, "O Adam, I am an angel of the
great God; and, behold the hosts that surround me.
5 God has sent us to take you and bring you to the border of the garden
northwards; to the shore of the clear sea, and bathe you and Eve in it, and raise
you to your former gladness, that you return again to the garden."
6 These words sank into the heart of Adam and Eve.
7 Yet God withheld His Word from Adam, and did not make him understand at
once, but waited to see his strength; whether he would be overcome as Eve was
when in the garden, or whether he would prevail.
8 Then Satan called to Adam and Eve, and said, "Behold, we go to the sea of
water," and they began to go.
9 And Adam and Eve followed them at some little distance.
10 But when they came to the mountain to the north of the garden, a very high
mountain, without any steps to the top of it, the Devil drew near to Adam and
Eve, and made them go up to the top in reality, and not in a vision; wishing, as he
did, to throw them down and kill them, and to wipe off their name from the earth;
so that this earth should remain to him and his hosts alone.