1 Then on the eighty-ninth day, Satan came to the cave, clad in a garment of light, and belted with a bright girdle.

2 In his hands was a staff of light, and he looked most frightening, but his face was pleasant and his speech was sweet.

3 He had transformed himself like this in order to deceive Aḏam and Ḥawwah and to make them come out of the cave before they had fulfilled the forty days.

4 He said to himself, “When they had fulfilled the forty days’ fasting and praying, Elohim would restore them to their former state but if He did not do this He would still be favorable to them, and even if He had no mercy on them would He still give them something from the garden to comfort them as He had already twice before.”

5 Then Satan came near the cave in beautiful appearance and said:

6 “Aḏam, you and Ḥawwah arise and stand up and come along with me to a good land and don’t be afraid. I am flesh and bones like you and at first I was a creature that Elohim created.

7 It was like this when He had created me, He placed me in a garden in the north on the border of the world.

8 And He said to me, ‘Stay here!’ And I remained there according to His word and I did not violate His Commandment.

9 Then He made a sleep to come over me and then He brought you, Aḏam, out of my side, but He did not make you stay with me.

10 But Elohim took you in His qodesh hand and placed you in a garden to the east.

11 Then I worried about you, because even though Elohim had taken you out of my side, He had not allowed you to stay with me.

12 But Elohim said to me: ‘Do not worry about Aḏam, whom I brought out of your side, no harm will come to him.

13 For now I have brought out of his side a help-meet for him and I have given him joy by so doing.’ ”

14 Then Satan spoke again, saying, “I did not know how it is you came to be in this cave, nor anything about this trial that has come over you until Elohim said to me, ‘Behold, Aḏam has transgressed. He whom I had taken out of your side, and Ḥawwah also, whom I took out of his side have sinned and I have driven them out of the garden. I have made them live in a land of sorrow and misery because they transgressed against Me, and have obeyed Satan. And look, they are suffering to this day, the eightieth.’

15 Then Elohim said to me, ‘Get up, go to them, and make them come to your place, and do not permit Satan to come near them and afflict them. For they are now in great misery and lie helpless from hunger.’

16 He further said to me, ‘When you have taken them to yourself, give them to eat of the fruit of the Tree of Ḥai and give them to drink of the water of peace, and clothe them in a garment of light, and restore them to their former state of grace, and leave them not in misery, for they came from you. But grieve not over them, nor be sorry of that which has come over them.’

17 But when I heard this, I was sorry and my heart could not bear it for your sake and I could not wait, my child.

18 But, Aḏam, when I heard the name of Satan I was afraid, and I said to myself, I will not come out because he might trap me as he did my children, Aḏam and Ḥawwah.

19 And I said, ‘Elohim, when I go to my children, Satan will meet me on the way and fight against me as he did against them.’

20 Then Elohim said to me, ‘Fear not; when you find him, hit him with the staff that is in your hand and don’t be afraid of him, because you are old and established, and he shall not prevail against you.’

21 Then I said, ‘O 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, I am old, and cannot go. Send Your messengers to bring them.’

22 But Elohim said to me, ‘Messengers are not like Aḏam and Ḥawwah; and they will not consent to come with them. But I have chosen you, because they are your offspring and are like you and they will listen to what you say.’

23 Elohim said further to me, ‘If you don’t have enough strength to walk, I will send a cloud to carry you and set you down at the entrance of their cave, then the cloud will return and leave you there.

24 And if they will come with you, I will send a cloud to carry you and them.’

25 Then He Commanded a cloud to carry me up and it brought me to you, and then it went back.

26 And now, my children, Aḏam and Ḥawwah, look at my old gray hair and at my feeble state, and at my coming from that distant place. Come with me to a place of rest.”

27 Then he began to cry and to sob before Aḏam and Ḥawwah, and his tears poured on the ground like water.

28 And when Aḏam and Ḥawwah raised their eyes and saw his beard and heard his sweet talk, their hearts softened towards him and they obeyed him, because they believed he was true.

29 And it seemed to them that they were really his offspring when they saw that his face was like their own; and they trusted him.