I. Platt . The First Book of Adam and Eve . 37 . Forty-three days of penance do not redeem one hour of sin

Adam and Eve, Abreha and Atsbeha Church, Ethiopia 

1 Then Adam said to Eve, "Do you not see these figs and their leaves, with which we covered ourselves when we were stripped of our bright nature? But now, we do not know what misery and suffering may come over us from eating them.

2 Now, therefore, O Eve, let us restrain ourselves and not eat of them, you and I; and let us ask God to give us of the fruit of the Tree of Life."

3 Thus did Adam and Eve restrain themselves, and did not eat of these figs.

4 But Adam began to pray to God and to beseech Him to give him of the fruit of the Tree of Life, saying thus: "O God, when we transgressed Your commandment at the sixth hour of Friday, we were stripped of the bright nature we had, and did not continue in the garden after our transgression, more than three hours.

5 But in the evening You made us come out of it. O God, we transgressed against You one hour, and all these trials and sorrows have come over us until this day.

6 And those days together with this the forty-third day, do not redeem that one hour in which we transgressed!

7 O God, look at us with an eye of pity, and do not avenge us according to our transgression of Your commandment, in Your presence.

8 O God, give us of the fruit of the Tree of Life, that we may eat of it, and live, and turn not to see sufferings and other trouble, in this earth; for You are God.

9 When we transgressed Your commandment, You made us come out of the garden, and sent a cherub to keep the Tree of Life, lest we should eat thereof, and live; and know nothing of faintness after we transgressed.

10 But now, O Lord, behold, we have endured all these days, and have borne sufferings. Make these forty-three days an equivalent for the one hour in which we transgressed."


  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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