The mortal combat with the serpent.

1 WHEN the accursed serpent saw Aḏam and Ḥawwah, it swelled its head, stood on its tail, and with eyes blood-red, did as if it would kill them.

2 It made straight for Ḥawwah, and ran after her; while Aḏam standing by, wept because he had no stick in his hand wherewith to smite the serpent, and knew not how to put it to death.

3 But with a heart burning for Ḥawwah, Aḏam approached the serpent, and held it by the tail; when it turned towards him and said unto him:

4 “O Aḏam, because of thee and of Ḥawwah, I am slippery, and go upon my belly.” Then by reason of its great strength, it threw down Aḏam and Ḥawwah and pressed upon them, as if it would kill them.

5 But Elohim sent a messenger who threw the serpent away from them, and raised them up.

6 Then the Word of Elohim came to the serpent, and said unto it, “In the first instance I made thee glib, and made thee to go upon thy belly; but I did not deprive thee of speech.

7 “Now, however, be thou dumb; and speak no more, thou and thy race; because in the first place, has the ruin of my creatures happened through thee, and now thou wishest to kill them.”

8 Then the serpent was struck dumb, and spake no more.

9 And a wind came to blow from shamayim by command of Elohim that carried away the serpent from Aḏam and Ḥawwah, threw it on the sea shore, and it landed in India.