First Book of Adam and Eve
5 But when God made Adam go out of the garden, He did
not place him on the border of it northward. This was so
that he and Eve would not be able to go near to the sea of
water where they could wash themselves in it, be cleansed
from their sins, erase the transgression they had
committed, and be no longer reminded of it in the thought
of their punishment.
6 As to the southern side of the garden, God did not
want Adam to live there either; because, when the wind blew
from the north, it would bring him, on that southern side,
the delicious smell of the trees of the garden.
7 Wherefore God did not put Adam there. This was so
that he would not be able to smell the sweet smell of those
trees, forget his transgression, and find consolation for
what he had done by taking delight in the smell of the
trees and yet not be cleansed from his transgression.
8 Again, also, because God is merciful and of great
pity, and governs all things in a way that He alone knows --
He made our father Adam live in the western border of the
garden, because on that side the earth is very broad.
9 And God commanded him to live there in a cave in a rock --
the Cave of Treasures below the garden.
Chapter II - Adam and Eve faint when they leave the Garden.
God sends His Word to encourage them.
1 But when our father Adam, and Eve, went out of the
garden, they walked the ground on their feet, not knowing
they were walking.
2 And when they came to the opening of the gate of the
garden, and saw the broad earth spread before them, covered
with stones large and small, and with sand, they feared and
trembled, and fell on their faces, from the fear that came
over them; and they were as dead.
3 Because -- whereas until this time they had been in
the garden land, beautifully planted with all manner of
trees -- they now saw themselves, in a strange land, which
they knew not, and had never seen.
4 And because, when they were in the garden they were
filled with the grace of a bright nature, and they had not
hearts turned toward earthly things.
5 Therefore God had pity on them; and when He saw them fallen
before the gate of the garden, He sent His Word to our father,
Adam and Eve, and raised them from their fallen state.
Chapter III - Concerning the promise of the great five and
a half days.
1 God said to Adam, "I have ordained on this earth
days and years, and you and your descendants shall live and
walk in them, until the days and years are fulfilled; when
I shall send the Word that created you, and against which
you have transgressed, the Word that made you come out of
the garden, and that raised you when you were fallen.
2 Yes, the Word that will again save you when the five
and a half days are fulfilled."
3 But when Adam heard these words from God, and of the
great five and a half days, he did not understand the
meaning of them.
4 For Adam was thinking there would be only five and a
half days for him until the end of the world.
5 And Adam cried, and prayed to God to explain it to him.