1The snake was the most clever of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. ˻The snake wanted to trick the woman.˼ The snake spoke to the woman and said, “Woman, did God really tell you that you must not eat from any tree in the garden?” 2The woman answered the snake, “˻No! God did not say that!˼ We can eat fruit from the trees in the garden. 3But there is one tree we must not eat from. God told us, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden. You must not even touch that tree or you will die.’” 4But the snake said to the woman, “You will not die. 5God knows that if you eat the fruit from that tree you will learn about good and evil. And then you will be the same as God!” 6The woman saw the tree was beautiful. She saw the fruit was good to eat. And it was exciting that the tree would make her wise. So the woman took fruit from the tree and ate it. Her husband was there with her, so she gave some of the fruit to him and he ate it. 7Then ˻both the man and the woman changed.˼ It was like their eyes opened, and they saw things differently. They saw that they had no clothes on—they were naked. So they got some fig leaves and sewed them together and wore the fig leaves for clothes. 8During the cool part of the day, the Lord God was walking in the garden. The man and the woman heard him, and they hid among the trees in the garden. 9The Lord God called to the man and said, “Where are you?” 10The man said, “I heard you walking in the garden, and I was afraid. I was naked, so I hid.” 11The Lord God said to the man, “Who told you that you were naked? ˻What caused you to be ashamed?˼ Did you eat fruit from that special tree? I told you not to eat from that tree!” 12The man said, “The woman you made for me gave me fruit from that tree. So I ate it.” 13Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What have you done?” The woman said, “The snake tricked me. He fooled me and I ate the fruit.” 14So the Lord God said to the snake, “You did this very bad thing, so bad things will happen to you. It will be worse for you than for any other animal. You must crawl on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life. 15I will make you and the woman enemies to each other. Your children and her children will be enemies. You will bite her child’s foot, but he will crush your head.” 16Then the Lord God said to the woman, “I will cause you to have much trouble when you are pregnant. And when you give birth to children, you will have much pain. You will want your husband very much, but he will rule over you.” 17Then the Lord God said to the man, “I commanded you not to eat from that tree. But you listened to your wife, and you ate from that tree. So I will curse the ground because of you. You will have to work very hard all the days of your life for the food the ground gives. 18The ground will grow thorns and weeds for you. And you will have to eat the plants that grow wild in the fields. 19You will work hard for your food, until your face is covered with sweat. You will work hard until the day you die. And then you will become dust again. I used dust to make you. And when you die you will become dust again.” 20Adam named his wife Eve. Adam gave her this name because Eve is the mother of every person who ever lived. 21The Lord God used animal skins and made some clothes for the man and his wife. Then he put the clothes on them. 22The Lord God said, “Look, the man has become like us—he knows about good and evil. And now the man might take the fruit from the tree of life. If the man eats that fruit, he will live forever.” 23So the Lord God forced the man to leave the garden of Eden. Adam was forced to go and work the ground he was made from. 24The Lord God forced the man to leave the garden. Then he put Cherub angels at the entrance to the garden to protect it. The Lord God also put a sword of fire there. This sword flashed around and around guarding the way to the tree of life.