Chapter Summary

The serpent talks Eve into eating fruit from the the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Eve eats the fruit and offers some to Adam who also eats the forbidden fruit. After eating the fruit Adam and Eve suddenly become conscious of their nakedness and cover up with fig leaves. When God finds Adam and Eve hiding and ashamed he asks, "Who told thee that thou wast naked?" (Gen 3:11) Then Adam and Eve confess to having eaten the forbidden fruit. God curses the snake putting enmity between it and humans. God commands Eve to bear children and submit to Adam. God then tells Adam "cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life" (Gen 3:17) and commands Adam to work the soil of the land to make bread to one day return to the ground: "for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return" (Gen 3:19). Adam names his wife Eve "because she was the mother of all living" (Gen 3:20). And God said: "Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil" (Gen 3:22) and God sends Adam and Eve out of the garden and places Cherubims and a flaming sword to guard and "keep the way of the tree of life" (Gen 3:24).

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