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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Genesis 3:1–9:17

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The Fall of Man

1 Now athe serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from 1any tree of the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “aFrom the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;

3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’ ”

4 aThe serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die!

5 “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and ayou will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6 aWhen the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they aknew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves 1loin coverings.

8 They heard the sound of athe Lord God walking in the garden in the 1cool of the day, band the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

9 Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “aWhere are you?”

10 He said, “aI heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”

11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”

12 aThe man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.”

13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “aThe serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 The Lord God said to the serpent,

aBecause you have done this,

Cursed are you more than all cattle,

And more than every beast of the field;

On your belly you will go,

And bdust you will eat

All the days of your life;

15 And I will put aenmity

Between you and the woman,

And between your seed and her seed;

bHe shall 1bruise you on the head,

And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

16 To the woman He said,

“I will greatly multiply

Your pain 1in childbirth,

In pain you will abring forth children;

Yet your desire will be for your husband,

And bhe will rule over you.”

17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’;

aCursed is the ground because of you;

bIn 1toil you will eat of it

All the days of your life.

18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;

And you will eat the 1plants of the field;

19 By the sweat of your face

You will eat bread,

Till you areturn to the ground,

Because bfrom it you were taken;

For you are dust,

And to dust you shall return.”

20 Now the man called his wife’s name 1aEve, because she was the mother of all the living.

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.

22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of aUs, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from bthe tree of life, and eat, and live forever”—

23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken.

24 So aHe drove the man out; and at the beast of the garden of Eden He stationed the ccherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to dthe tree of life.

Chapter 4

Cain and Abel

1 Now the man 1had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to 2Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a 3manchild with the help of the Lord.”

2 Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And aAbel was ba keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

3 So it came about 1in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground.

4 aAbel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And bthe Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering;

5 but afor Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So bCain became very angry and his countenance fell.

6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “aWhy are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?

7 “aIf you do well, 1will not your countenance be lifted up? bAnd if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, cbut you must master it.”

8 Cain 1told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and akilled him.

9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “aWhere is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”

10 He said, “What have you done? aThe voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground.

11 “Now ayou are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.

12 “aWhen you cultivate the ground, it will no longer yield its strength to you; byou will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth.”

13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is too great to bear!

14 “Behold, You have adriven me this day from the face of the ground; and from Your face I will be hidden, and bI will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth, and cwhoever finds me will kill me.”

15 So the Lord said to him, “Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him asevenfold.” And the Lord 1bappointed a sign for Cain, so that no one finding him would slay him.

16 Then Cain went out from the presence aof the Lord, and 1settled in the land of 2Nod, east of Eden.

17 Cain 1had relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city Enoch, after the name of his son.

18 Now to Enoch was born Irad, and Irad 1became the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael 1became the father of Methushael, and Methushael 1became the father of Lamech.

19 Lamech took to himself atwo wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other, Zillah.

20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock.

21 His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe.

22 As for Zillah, she also gave birth to Tubal-cain, the forger of all implements of bronze and iron; and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.

23 Lamech said to his wives,

“Adah and Zillah,

Listen to my voice,

You wives of Lamech,

Give heed to my speech,

aFor I 1have killed a man for wounding me;

And a boy for striking me;

24 If Cain is avenged asevenfold,

Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.”

25 aAdam 1had relations with his wife again; and she gave birth to a son, and named him 2Seth, for, she said, “God 3has appointed me another 4offspring in place of Abel, bfor Cain killed him.”

26 To Seth, to him also aa son was born; and he called his name Enosh. Then men began bto call 1upon the name of the Lord.

Chapter 5

Descendants of Adam

1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him ain the likeness of God.

2 He created them amale and female, and He bblessed them and named them 1Man in the day when they were created.

3 When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he 1became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth.

4 Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had other sons and daughters.

5 So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died.

6 Seth lived one hundred and five years, and became the father of Enosh.

7 Then Seth lived eight hundred and seven years after he became the father of Enosh, and he had other sons and daughters.

8 So all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years, and he died.

9 Enosh lived ninety years, and became the father of Kenan.

10 Then Enosh lived eight hundred and fifteen years after he became the father of Kenan, and he had other sons and daughters.

11 So all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years, and he died.

12 Kenan lived seventy years, and became the father of Mahalalel.

13 Then Kenan lived eight hundred and forty years after he became the father of Mahalalel, and he had other sons and daughters.

14 So all the days of Kenan were nine hundred and ten years, and he died.

15 Mahalalel lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Jared.

16 Then Mahalalel lived eight hundred and thirty years after he became the father of Jared, and he had other sons and daughters.

17 So all the days of Mahalalel were eight hundred and ninety-five years, and he died.

18 Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and became the father of Enoch.

19 Then Jared lived eight hundred years after he became the father of Enoch, and he had other sons and daughters.

20 So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years, and he died.

21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah.

22 Then Enoch awalked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters.

23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.

24 aEnoch walked with God; and he was not, for God btook him.

25 Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and became the father of Lamech.

26 Then Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty-two years after he became the father of Lamech, and he had other sons and daughters.

27 So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years, and he died.

28 Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and became the father of a son.

29 Now he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will 1give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from athe ground which the Lord has cursed.”

30 Then Lamech lived five hundred and ninety-five years after he became the father of Noah, and he had other sons and daughters.

31 So all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years, and he died.

32 Noah was afive hundred years old, and Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Chapter 6

The Corruption of Mankind

1 Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and …

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