“Therefore did I fall. . .”
1 BUT when Aḏam came out and saw his hideous figure, he was afraid of him, and said unto him, “Who art thou?”
2 Then Satan answered and said unto him, “It is I, who hid myself within the serpent, and who talked to Ḥawwah, and beguiled her until she hearkened to my command. I am he who sent her, through the wiles of my speech, to deceive thee, until thou and she ate of the fruit of the tree, and ye came away from under the command of Elohim.”
3 But when Aḏam heard these words from him, he said unto him, “Canst thou make me a garden as Elohim made for me? Or canst thou clothe me in the same bright nature in which Elohim had clothed me?
4 “Where is the divine nature thou didst promise to give me? Where is that fair speech of thine, thou didst hold with us at first, when we were in the garden?”
5 Then Satan said unto Aḏam, “Thinkest thou, that when I have spoken to one about anything, I shall ever bring it to him or fulfil my word? Not so. For I myself have never even thought of obtaining what I asked.
6 “Therefore did I fall, and did I make you fall by that for which I myself fell; and with you also, whosoever accepts my counsel, falls thereby.
7 “But now, O Aḏam, by reason of thy fall thou art under my rule, and I am king over thee; because thou hast hearkened to me, and hast transgressed against thy Elohim. Neither will there be any deliverance from my hands until the day promised thee by thy Elohim.”
8 Again he said, “Inasmuch as we do not know the day agreed upon with thee by thy Elohim, nor the hour in which thou shalt be delivered, for that reason will we multiply war and murder upon thee and thy seed after thee.
9 “This is our will and our good pleasure, that we may not leave one of the sons of men to inherit our orders in shamayim.
10 “For as to our abode, O Aḏam, it is in burning fire; and we will not cease our evil doing no, not one day nor one hour. And I, O Aḏam, shall sow fire upon thee when thou comest into the cave to dwell there.”
11 When Aḏam heard these words he wept and mourned, and said unto Ḥawwah, “Hear what he said; that he will not fulfil aught of what he told thee in the garden. Did he really then become king over us?
12 “But we will ask Elohim, who created us, to deliver us out of his hands.”