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The First Book of Moses
also called Genesis from the Latin
The 1st Chapter
In the beginning God created heaven and earth. The earth was void and empty, and darkness was upon the deep, and the spirit of God moved upon the water.
Then God said: let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light that it was good: and divided the light from the darkness, and called the light day, and the darkness night: and so of the evening and morning was made the first day.
And God said: let there be a firmament between the waters, and let it divide the waters asunder. Then God made the firmament, and parted the waters which were under the firmament, from the waters that were above the firmament: And it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And so of the evening and morning was made the second day.
And God said: let the waters that are under heaven gather themselves unto one place, that the dry land may appear. And it came so to pass. And God called the dry land the earth, and the gathering together of waters called he the sea. And God saw that it was good.
And God said: let the earth bring forth herb and grass that sow seed, and fruitful trees, that bear fruit every one in his kind, having their seed in themselves upon the earth. And it came so to pass. And the earth brought forth herb and grass sowing seed every one in his kind, and trees bearing fruit, and having their seed in themselves, every one in his kind. And God saw that it was good, and then of the evening and morning was made the third day.
Then said God: let there be lights in the firmament of heaven, to divide the day from the night, that they may be unto signs, seasons, days and years. And let them be lights in the firmament of heaven, to shine upon the earth: And so it was. And God made two great lights: A greater light to rule the day, and a less light to rule the night: and he made stars also. And God put them in the firmament of heaven to shine upon the earth, and to rule the day and the night: and to divide the light from darkness. And God saw that it was good: and so of the evening and morning was made the fourth day.
And God said: let the water bring forth creatures that move and have life, and fowls for to fly over the earth under the firmament of heaven. And God created great whales and all manner of creatures that live and move, which the waters brought forth in their kinds, and all manner of feathered fowls in their kinds. And God saw that it was good: and God blessed them saying: Grow and multiply and fill the waters of the seas, and let the fowls multiply upon the earth. And so of the evening and morning was made the fifth day.
And God said: let the earth bring forth living creatures in their kinds: cattle and worms and beasts of the earth in their kinds, and so it came to pass. And God made the beasts of the earth in their kinds, and cattle in their kinds, and all manner worms of the earth in their kinds: and God saw that it was good.
And God said: let us make man in our similitude and after our likeness: that he may have rule over the fish of the sea, and over the fowls of the air, and over cattle, and over all the earth, and over all worms that creep on the earth. And God created man after his likeness, after the likeness of God created he him: male and female created he them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them: Grow and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and over the fowls of the air, and over all the beasts that move on the earth.
And God said: see, I have given you all herbs that sow seed, which are on the earth, and all manner trees that have fruit in them and sow seed: to be meat for you and for all beasts of the earth, and unto all fowls of the air and unto all that creeps on the earth where in is life, that they may have all manner herbs and grass for to eat, and even so it was. And God beheld all that he had made, and lo they were exceeding good: and so of the evening and morning was made the sixth day.
The 2nd Chapter
Thus was heaven and earth finished with all their apparel, and in the seventh day God ended his work which he had made, and rested in the seventh day from all his works which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it, for in it he rested from all his works which he had created and made.
These are the generations of heaven and earth when they were created, in the time when the Lord God created heaven and earth and all the shrubs of the field before they were in the earth. And all the herbs of the field before they sprang, for the Lord God had yet sent no rain upon the earth, neither was there yet any man to till the earth. But there arose a mist out of the ground, and watered all the face of the earth: Then the Lord God shaped man, even of the mold of the earth, and breathed into his face the breath of life. So man was made a living soul.
The Lord God also planted a garden in Eden from the beginning, and there he set man whom he had formed. And the Lord God made to spring out of the earth, all manner trees beautiful to the sight and pleasant to eat, and the tree of life in the midst of the garden: and also the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
And there sprang a river out of Eden to water the garden, and there divided itself, and grew into four principal waters. The name of the one is Phison, he it is that compasses all the land of Hevila, where gold grows. And the gold of that country is precious, there is found Bedellion and a stone called Onyx. The name of the second river is Gihon, which compasses all the land of Inde. And the name of the third river is Hidekell, which runs on the east side of the Assyrians. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
And the Lord God took Adam, and put him in the garden of Eden, to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded Adam saying: Of all the trees of the garden see you eat: But of the tree of knowledge of good and bad see that you eat not: For even the same day you eat of it you shall die the death.
And the Lord God said: It is not good that man should be alone, I will make him an helper to bear him company. And after that the Lord God had made of the earth all manner beasts of the field, and all manner fowls of the air, he brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them. And as Adam called all manner living beasts, even so are their names. And Adam gave names unto all manner cattle, and unto the fowls of the air, and unto all manner beasts of the field. But there was no help found unto Adam to bear him company.
Then the Lord God cast a slumber on Adam, and he slept. And then he took out one of his ribs, and in stead thereof he filled up the place with flesh. And the Lord God made of the rib which he took out of Adam, a woman: and brought her unto Adam. Then said Adam: This is once bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh. This shall be called woman: because she was taken of the man. For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh. And they were either of them naked, both Adam and his wife, and were not ashamed.
The 3rd Chapter
But the serpent was subtler than all the beasts of the field, which the Lord God had made: and said unto the woman: you, has God said in deed, you shall not eat of all manner trees in the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, of the fruit of the trees in the garden we may eat, but of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden (said God) see that you eat not, and see that you touch it not, least you die. Then said the serpent unto the woman: tush you shall not die: but God does know that whensoever you should eat of it, your eyes should be opened, and you should be as God, and know both good and evil. And the woman saw that it was a good tree to eat of, and lusty unto the eyes, and a pleasant tree for to give understanding. And took of the fruit of it and ate, and gave unto her husband also with her, and he ate. And the eyes of both of them were opened, that they understood how that they were naked. Then they sewed fig leaves together and made them aprons.
And they heard the voice of the Lord God as he walked in the garden in the cool of the day. And Adam hid himself and his wife also from the face of the Lord God, among the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called Adam, and said unto him: where are you? And he answered: your voice I heard in the garden, but I was afraid, because I was naked, and therefore hid myself. And he said: Who told you that you was naked? have you eaten of the tree, of which I bade you that you should not eat? And Adam answered: The woman which you gave to bear me company, she took me of the tree, and I ate. And the Lord God said unto the woman: Wherefore did you so? And the woman answered: The serpent deceived me and I ate.
And the Lord God said unto the serpent: because you have so done most cursed be you of all cattle and of all beasts of the field: upon your belly shall you go: and earth shall you eat all days of your life. Moreover I will put hatred between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. And that seed shall tread you on the head, and you shall tread it on the heel.
And unto the woman he said: I will surely increase your sorrow, and make you often with child, and with pain shall you be delivered: And your lusts shall pertain unto your husband, and he shall rule you.
And unto Adam he said: Forasmuch as you have obeyed the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, saying: See you eat not thereof: cursed be the earth for your sake. In sorrow shall you eat thereof all days of your life: And it shall bear thorns and thistles unto you. And you shall eat the herbs of the field. In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, until you return unto the earth from what you was taken: for earth you are, and unto earth shall you return.
And Adam called his wife Heva, because she was the mother of all that lives. And the Lord God made Adam and his wife garments of skins, and put them on them. And the Lord God said: Lo, Adam is become as it were one of us, in knowledge of good and evil. But now least he stretch forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat and live ever. And the Lord God cast him out of the garden of Eden, to till the earth from what he was taken. And he cast Adam out, and set at the entering of the garden Eden, Cherubim with a naked sword moving in and out, to keep the way to the tree of life.
The 4th Chapter
And Adam lay with Heva his wife, which conceived and bare Cain, and said: I have gotten a man of the Lord. And she proceeded forth, and bare his brother Abel: And Abel became a shepherd, and Cain became a plowman.
And it fortuned in process of time, that Cain brought of the fruit of the earth, an offering unto the Lord. And Abel he brought also of the firstlings of his sheep, and of the fat of them. And the Lord looked unto Abel and to his offering, but unto Cain and unto his offering looked he not. And Cain was wroth exceedingly, and lowered. And the Lord said unto Cain: why are you angry, and why lowerest (lower yourself) you? Know you not if you do well you shall receive it? But and if you do evil, by and by your sin lies open in the door. Notwithstanding let it be subdued unto you, and see you rule it. And Cain talked with Abel his brother.
And as soon as they were in the fields, Cain fell upon Abel his brother, and slew him. And the Lord said unto Cain: where is Abel your brother? And he said: I cannot tell, am I my brothers keeper? And he said: What have you done? The voice of your brothers blood cried unto me out of the earth. And now cursed be you as pertaining to the earth, which opened her mouth to receive your brothers blood of your hand. For when you till the ground she shall from this time forth not give her power unto you. A vagabond and a *runagate (renegade; one who flees) shall you be upon the earth.
And Cain said unto the Lord: my sin is greater, than that it may be forgiven. Behold you cast me out this day from off the face of the earth, and from your sight must I hide myself, and I must be wandering and a vagabond upon the earth: Moreover whosoever finds me, will kill me. And the Lord said unto him: Not so, but whosoever slays Cain shall be punished sevenfold. And the Lord put a mark upon Cain that no man that found him should kill him. And Cain went out from the face of the Lord, and dwelt in the land Nod, on the east side of Eden.
And Cain lay with his wife, which conceived and bare Henoch. And he was building a city, and called the name of it after the name of his son, Henoch. And Henoch begat Irad. And Irad begat Mahuiael. And Mahuiael begat Mathusael. And Mathusael begat Lamech. And Lamech took him two wives: the one is called Ada, and the other Zilla: And Ada bare Jabal, of whom came they that dwell in tents and possess cattle. And his brothers name was Jubal, of him came all that exercise themselves on the harp and on the organs. And Zilla she also bare Tubalcain a worker in metal and a father of all that grave in brass and iron. And Tubalcains sister was called Naema.
Then said Lamech unto his wives Ada and Zilla: hear my voice you wives of Lamech and hearken unto my words, for I have slain a man and wounded myself, and have slain a young man, and got myself stripes: For Cain shall be avenged sevenfold: but Lamech seventy times sevenfold. Adam also lay with his wife yet again, and she bare a son and called his name Seth. For God (said she) has given me another son for Abel whom Cain slew. And Seth begat a son, and called his name Enos. And in that time began men to call on the name of the Lord.
The 5th Chapter
This is the book of the generation of man. In the day when God created man and made him after the similitude of God. Male and female made he them, and called their names man, in the day when they were created. And when Adam was an hundred and thirty years old, he begat a son after his likeness and similitude: and called his name Seth. And the days of Adam after he begat Seth, were eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters. And all the days of Adam which he lived, were nine hundred and thirty years, and then he died.
And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos. And after he had begot Enos he lived eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters. And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years, and died. And Enos lived eighty (kjv=ninety) years, and begat Kenan. And Enos after he begat Kenan, lived eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters: and all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years, and then he died. And Kenan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaliel. And Kenan after he had begot Mahalaliel, lived eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters: and all the days of Kenan were nine hundred and ten years, and then he died. And Mahalaliel lived sixtyfive years, and begat Jared. And Mahalaliel after he had begot Jared lived eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters: and all the days of Mahalaliel were eight hundred ninety and five years, and then he died.
And Jared lived an hundred and sixtytwo years, and begat Henoch: and Jared lived after he begat Henoch, eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters. And all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixtytwo years, and then he died. And Henoch lived sixtyfive years, and begat Mathusala. And Henoch walked with God after he had begot Mathusalah, three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Henoch were three hundred and sixtyfive years, and then Henoch lived a godly life, and was no more seen, for God took him away.
And Mathusala lived an hundred and eightyseven years and begat Lamech: and Mathusala after he had begot Lamech, lived seven hundred and eighty two years, and begat sons and daughters. And all the days of Mathusala were nine hundred sixtynine years, and then he died.
And Lamech lived an hundred eightytwo years and begat a son, and called him Noe, saying: This same shall comfort us: as concerning our work and sorrow of our hands which we have about the earth that the Lord has cursed. And Lamech lived after he had beget Noe, five hundred, ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters. And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventyseven years, and then he died. And when Noe was five hundred years old, he begat Sem, Ham, and Japheth.
The 6th Chapter
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply upon the earth, and had begot them daughters, the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and took unto them wives, which they best liked among them all. And the Lord said: My spirit shall not always strive with man, for they are flesh. Nevertheless I will give them yet space, an hundred and twenty years.
There were tyrants in the world in those days. For after that the children of God had gone in unto the daughters of men, and had begotten them children, the same children were the mightiest of the world, and men of renown. And when the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was increased upon the earth, and that all the imagination and thoughts of his heart was only evil continually, he repented that he had made man upon the earth, and sorrowed in his heart. And said: I will destroy mankind which I have made, from off the face of the earth: both man, beast, worm and fowl of the air, for it repents me that I have made them. But yet Noe found grace in the sight of the Lord.
These are the generations of Noe. Noe was a righteous man and uncorrupt in his time, and walked with God. And Noe begat three sons: Sem, Ham, and Japheth. And the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and was full of mischief. And God looked upon the earth, and lo it was corrupt: for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
Then said God to Noe: the end of all flesh is come before me, for the earth is full of their mischief. And lo, I will destroy them with the earth. Make you an ark of pine tree, and make chambers in the ark, and pitch it within and without with pitch. And of this fashion shall you make it.
The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, and the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shall you make above in the ark. And within a cubit compass shall you finish it. And the door of the ark shall you set in the side of it: and you shall make it with three lofts one above an other. For behold I will bring in a flood of water upon the earth to destroy all flesh from under heaven, wherein breath of life is: so that all that is in the earth shall perish. But I will make mine appointment with you, that both you shall come in to the ark and your sons, your wife and your sons wives with you.
And of all that lives whatsoever flesh it be, shall you bring into the ark, of every thing a pair, to keep them alive with you. And male and female see that they be, of birds in their kind, and of beasts in their kind, and of all manner of worms of the earth in their kind: a pair of every thing shall come unto you to keep them alive. And take unto you of all manner of meat that may be eaten and lay it up in store by you, that it may be meat both for you and for them: and Noe did according to all that God commanded him.
The 7th Chapter
And the Lord said unto Noe: Go into the ark both you and all your household. For you have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Of all clean beasts take unto you seven of every kind, the male and female, and of unclean beasts a pair, the male and his female: likewise of the birds of the air seven of every kind, male and female to save seed upon all the earth. For seven days from this time will I send rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights, and will destroy all manner of things that I have made, from off the face of the earth.
And Noe did according to all that the Lord commanded him: and Noe was six hundred years old, when the flood of water came upon the earth: and Noe went and his sons and his wife and his sons wives with him, into the ark from the waters of the flood. And of clean beasts, and of beasts that were unclean, and of birds and of all that creeps upon the earth, came in by couples of every kind unto Noe into the ark, a male and a female: even as God commanded Noe. And the seventh day the waters of the flood came upon the earth.
In the six hundredth year of Noes life, in the second month, in the seventeenth day of the month, that same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened, and there fell a rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
And the self same day went Noe, Sem, Ham and Japheth, Noes sons, and Noes wife and the three wives of his sons with them in to the ark: both they and all manner of beasts in their kind, and all manner of cattle in their kind, and all manner of worms that creep upon the earth in their kind, and all manner of birds in their kind, and all manner of fowls whatsoever had feathers. And they came unto Noe into the ark couples, of all flesh that had breath of life in it. And they that came, came male and female of every flesh according as God commanded him: and the Lord shut the door upon him. And the flood came forty days and forty nights upon the earth, and the water increased and bare up the ark, and it was lifted up from off the earth. And the water prevailed and increased exceedingly upon the earth: and the ark went upon the top of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly above measure upon the earth, so that all the high hills which are under all the parts of heaven were covered: even fifteen cubits high prevailed the waters, so that the hills were covered.
And all flesh that moved on the earth both birds, cattle and beasts perished, with all that crept on the earth and all men: so that all that had the breath of life in the nostrils of it throughout all that was on dry land died. Thus was destroyed all that was upon the earth, both man, beasts, worms and fowls of the air, so that they were destroyed from the earth: save Noe was reserved only and they that were with him in the ark. And the waters prevailed upon the earth, an hundred and fifty days.
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