When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it, you will surely die.”
Then, not wanting Adam to be alone, God worked to make a helper suitable for him. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and while he was asleep, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then God made a woman from the rib he had taken, and brought her to the man. The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
Now the serpent was craftier than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. And by twisting and manipulating God’s words, he succeeded in deceiving the woman Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. “You will not surely die,” said the serpent to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
When the woman saw how tempting and pleasing to the eye the fruit had become, she took some and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, Adam, and he ate it, too. And at that moment, the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked, so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. The two of them ran and hid from the Lord God among the garden’s trees. But the Lord saw them and called out to them. “Where are you?” he said. “Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” Fearfully, Adam blamed Eve, and Eve the serpent. “Cursed are you above all livestock and all the wild animals!” God said to the serpent. “You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.” Then God said to the man and woman, “Cursed is the ground because of you. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.