Original Douay Rheims Bible (1582 & 1610)



The second part. Of the fal of man, & propagation of man & of sinne.
By the craft of the Diuel speaking in a serpent, our first parents transgressed Gods commandment. 34. 7. who being ashamed vvould hide them selues. 9 but are reproued by God. 14. and besides other particular punishements (yet with promise of a Redemer) are cast out of Paradise.
1. BVT the serpent also was more subtile then al the beasts of the earth, which our Lord God had made. Which said to the woman: Why hath God commanded you, that you should not eate of euerie tree of Paradise?
2. To whom the woman answered: Of the fruite of the trees that are in paradise, we doe eate:
3. but of the fruite of the tree which is in the middes of paradise, God hath commanded vs that we should not eate: and that we should not touch it, lest perhapes we die.
4. And the serpent said to the woman: No you shal not dye the death.
5. For God doth know that in what day soeuer you shal eate therof, your eyes shal be opened: and you shal be as gods, knowing good & euil.
6. The woman therfore sawe that the tree was good to eate, and fayre to the eyes, and delectable to behold: and she tooke of the fruite therof, and did eate, and gaue to her husband, who did eate.
7. And the eyes of them both were opened: and when they perceiued themselues to be naked, they sowed togeather leaues of a figge tree, and made themselues aprons.
8. And hearing the voice of our Lord God walking in paradise at the after none ayre: Adam hid himselfe and so did his wife from the face of our Lord God, amidst the trees of paradise.
9. And our Lord God called Adam, and said to him: Where art thou?
10. Who said: I heard thy voice in paradise: and I feared, because I was naked, and I hid me.
11. To whom he said: And who hath told thee that thou wast naked, but that thou hast eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eate?
12. And Adam said: The woman, which thou gauest me to be my felow companion, gaue me of the tree, and I did eate.
13. And our Lord God said to the woman: Why hast thou done this? who answered: The serpent deceiued me, & I did eate.
14. And our Lord God said to the serpent: Because thou hast done this thing, accursed art thou among al catle, & beasts of the earth: vpon thy brest shalt thou goe, & earth shalt thou eate al the dayes of thy life.
15. I wil put enmyties betwen thee & the woman, and thy seed and the seed of her: she shal bruise thy head in peeces, & thou shalt lye in waite of her heele.
16. To the woman also he said: I wil multiplie thy trauailes, and thy child bearinges: in trauaile shalt thou bring forth children, and thou shalt be vnder thy husbands power, and he shal haue dominion ouer thee.
17. And to Adam he said: Because thou hast heard the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee, that thou shouldest not eate, cursed is the earth in thy woorke: with much toyling shalt thou eate thereof al the dayes of thy life.
18. Thornes and thystles shal it bring forth to thee, & thou shalt eate the herbes of the earth.
19. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eate bread, til thou returne to earth, of which thou wast taken: because dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt returne.
20. And Adam called the name of his wife, Eue: for because she was mother of al the liuing.
21. Our Lord God also made for Adam and his wife garments of skynnes, and clothed them.
22. And said: Loe Adam is become as it were one of vs, knowing good & euil: now therfore lest perhapes he reach forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, & eate, and liue for euer.
23. And our Lord God sent him out of the paradise of pleasure, to worke the earth of which he was taken.
24. And he cast out Adam: and placed before the paradise of pleasure Cherubins, & a flaming, and a turning sworde, for to keepe the way of the tree of life.