SELECTIONS FROM THE
BOOK OF MOSES
How Satan became the devil—He tempts Eve—Adam and Eve fall and death enters the world.
I, the aLord
God, spake unto Moses, saying: That bSatan
, whom thou hast commanded in the name of mine Only Begotten, is the same which was from the cbeginning
, and he came before me, saying—Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will dredeem
all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely eI
will do it; wherefore fgive
me thine honor.
But, behold, my Beloved aSon
, which was my Beloved and bChosen
from the beginning, said unto me—cFather
, thy dwill
be done, and the eglory
be thine forever.
Wherefore, because that aSatan brebelled
against me, and sought to destroy the cagency
of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, and also, that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused that he should be dcast
And he became aSatan
, yea, even the bdevil
, the father of all clies
, to ddeceive
and to blind men, and to lead them ecaptive
at his will, even as many as would not fhearken
unto my voice.
And now the serpent was more asubtle
than any beast of the field which I, the Lord God, had made.
put it into the heart of the serpent, (for he had drawn away bmany
after him,) and he sought also to cbeguile
Eve, for he dknew
not the emind
of God, wherefore he sought to destroy the world.
And he said unto the woman: Yea, hath God said—Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (And he spake by the mouth of the serpent.)
And the woman said unto the serpent: We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden;
But of the fruit of the tree which thou beholdest in the midst of the garden, God hath said—Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the awoman
: Ye shall not surely die;
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your aeyes
shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, bknowing
good and evil.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it became pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be adesired
to make her wise, she took of the bfruit
thereof, and did ceat
, and also gave unto her husband with her, and he did eat.
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they had been anaked
. And they sewed fig-leaves together and made themselves baprons
And they heard the voice of the Lord God, as they were awalking
in the garden, in the cool of the day; and Adam and his wife went to hide themselves from the bpresence
of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
And I, the Lord God, called unto Adam, and said unto him: Where agoest
And he said: I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I beheld that I was naked, and I hid myself.
And I, the Lord God, said unto Adam: Who told thee thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat, if so thou shouldst surely adie
And the man said: The woman thou gavest me, and commandest that she should remain with me, she gave me of the fruit of the tree and I did eat.
And I, the Lord God, said unto the woman: What is this thing which thou hast done? And the woman said: The serpent abeguiled
me, and I did eat.
And I, the Lord God, said unto the serpent: Because thou hast done this thou shalt be acursed
above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life;
And I will put aenmity
between thee and the woman, between thy seed and her seed; and he shall bbruise
thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Unto the woman, I, the Lord God, said: I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception. In asorrow
thou shalt bring forth children, and thy desire shall be to thy bhusband
, and he shall rule over thee.
And unto Adam, I, the Lord God, said: Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the fruit of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying—Thou shalt not eat of it, acursed
shall be the ground for thy sake; in bsorrow
shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.
Thorns also, and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.
By the asweat
of thy bface
shalt thou eat bread, until thou shalt return unto the ground—for thou shalt surely die—for out of it wast thou taken: for cdust
thou wast, and unto dust shalt thou return.
And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living; for thus have I, the Lord God, called the first of all women, which are amany
Unto Adam, and also unto his wife, did I, the Lord God, make coats of askins
, and bclothed
And I, the Lord God, asaid
unto mine Only Begotten: Behold, the bman
is become as one of us to cknow
good and evil; and now lest he put forth his hand and dpartake
also of the etree
of life, and eat and live forever,
Therefore I, the Lord God, will send him forth from the Garden of aEden
, to till the ground from whence he was taken;
For as I, the Lord God, liveth, even so my awords
cannot return void, for as they go forth out of my mouth they must be fulfilled.
So I drove out the man, and I placed at the east of the Garden of aEden
and a flaming sword, which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life.
(And these are the words which I spake unto my servant Moses, and they are true even as I will; and I have spoken them unto you. See thou show them unto no man, until I command you, except to them that believe. Amen.)