I. Platt . The First Book of Adam and Eve . 13 . The fall of Adam . Why night and day were created

Then when God, who is merciful and full of pity, heard Adam's voice, He said unto him:

2 "O Adam, so long as the good angel was obedient to Me, a bright light rested on him and on his hosts.

3 "But when he transgressed My commandment, I deprived him of that bright nature, and he became dark.

4 "And when he was in the heavens, in the realms of light, he knew naught of darkness.

5 "But he transgressed, and I made him fall from heaven upon the earth; and it was this darkness that came upon him.

6 "And on thee, O Adam, while in My garden and obedient to Me, did that bright light rest also.

7 "But when I heard of thy transgression, I deprived thee of that bright light. Yet, of My mercy, I did not turn thee into darkness, but I made thee thy body of flesh, over which I spread this skin, in order that it may bear cold and heat.

8 "If I had let My wrath fall heavily upon thee, I should have destroyed thee; and had I turned thee into darkness, it would have been as if I killed thee.

9 "But in My mercy, I have made thee as thou art; when thou didst transgress My commandment, O Adam, I drove thee from the garden, and made thee come forth into this land; and commanded thee to dwell in this cave; and darkness came upon thee, as it did upon him who transgressed My commandment.

10 "Thus, O Adam, has this night deceived thee. It is not to last for ever; but is only of twelve hours; when it is over, daylight will return.

11 "Sigh not, therefore, neither be moved; and say not in thy heart that this darkness is long and drags on wearily; and say not in thy heart that I plague thee with it.

12 "Strengthen thy heart, and be not afraid. This darkness is not a punishment. But, O Adam, I have made the day, and have placed the sun in it to give light; in order that thou and thy children should do your work.

13 "For I knew thou shouldest sin and transgress, and come out into this land. Yet would I not force thee, nor be heard upon thee, nor shut up; nor doom thee through thy fall; nor through thy coming out from light into darkness; nor yet through thy coining from the garden into this land.

14 "For I made thee of the light; and I willed to bring out children of light from thee and like unto thee.

15 "But thou didst not keep one day My commandment; until I had finished the creation and blessed everything in it.

16 "Then I commanded thee concerning the tree, that thou eat not thereof. Yet I knew that satan, who deceived himself, would also deceive thee.

17 "So I made known to thee by means of the tree, not to come near him. And I told thee not to eat of the fruit thereof, nor to taste of it, nor yet to sit under it, nor to yield to it.

18 "Had I not been and spoken to thee, O Adam, concerning the tree, and had I left thee without a commandment, and thou hadst sinned--it would have been an offence on My part, for not having given thee any order; thou wouldst turn round and blame Me for it.

19 "But I commanded thee, and warned thee, and thou didst fall. So that My creatures cannot blame me; but the blame rests on them alone.

20 "And, O Adam, I have made the day for thee and for thy children after thee, for them to work, and toil therein. And I have made the night for them to rest in it from their work; and for the beasts of the field to go forth by night and seek their food.

21 "But little of darkness now remains, O Adam; and daylight will soon appear."

  1. The Crystal Sea
  2. Adam and Eve Faint Upon Leaving the Garden
  3. Concerning the Promise of the Great Five Days and A Half
  4. Adam Laments the Changed Conditions
  5. In which Eve makes a noble and emotionable intercession, taking the blame on herself
  6. God's admonition to Adam and Eve in which He points out how and why they sinned
  7. The beasts are reconciled
  8. The "Bright Nature" of man is taken away.
  9. Water from the Tree of Life. Adam and Eve near drowning
  10. Their bodies need water after they leave the Garden
  11. A recollection of the glorious days in the Garden
  12. How darkness came between Adam and Eve
  13. The fall of Adam Why night and day were created
  14. The earliest prophecy of The Coming of Christ
  15. The Promise for The Cross
  16. The first sunrise, Adam and Eve think it is a fire coming to burn them
  17. The Chapter of the Serpent
  18. The mortal combat with the serpent
  19. Beasts made subject to Adam
  20. Adam wishes to protect Eve
  21. Adam and Eve attempt suicide
  22. Adam in a Gracious Mood
  23. Adam and Eve Strengthen Themselves and Make The First Altar Ever Built
  24. A Vivid Prophecy of The Life and Death of Christ
  25. God Represented As Merciful and Loving, The Establishing of Worship
  26.  A Beautiful Prophecy of Eternal Life and Joy, The fall of Night
  27. The Second Tempting of Adam and Eve. The devil takes on the form of a beguiling light
  28. The Devil pretends to lead Adam and Eve to the water to bathe
  29. God tells Adam of the devil's purpose
  30. Adam receives The First Worldly Goods
  31. They make Themselves more Comfortable in The Cave of Treasures on The Third Day
  32. Adam and Eve go into The Water to Pray
  33. satan falsely promises the "bright light”
  34. Adam Recalls The Creation of Eve, He Eloquently Appeals for Food and Drink
  35. God's Reply
  36. Figs
  37. Forty-Three Days of Penance Do Not Redeem One Hour of sin
  38. When 5500 Years are Fulfilled
  39. Adam is Cautious-But Too Late

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