The Story of a Beautiful Garden
Adam and Eve
Genesis i: 1, to
great round world, on which we live, is very old; so
old that no one knows when it was made. But long
before there was any earth, or sun, or stars, God
was living, for God never began to be. He always
was. And long, long ago, God spoke, and the earth
and the heavens came. But the earth was not
beautiful as it is now, with mountains and valleys,
rivers and seas, with trees and flowers. It was a
great smoking ball, with land and water mingled in
one mass. And all the earth was blacker than
midnight, for there was no light upon it. No man
could have breathed its air, no animals could walk
upon it, and no fish could swim in its black oceans.
There was no life upon the earth.
While all was dark upon earth, God said, "Let there
be light," and then the light began to come upon the
world. Part of the time it was light, and part of
the time it was dark, just as it is now. And God
called the dark time Night, and the light time Day.
And that was the first day upon this earth after a
Then at God's word, the dark clouds all around the
earth began to break, and the sky came in sight, and
the water that was in the clouds began to be
separate from the water that was on the earth. And
the arch of the sky which was over the earth God
called Heaven. Thus the night and the morning made a
Then God said, "Let the water on the earth come
together in one place, and let the dry land rise
up." And so it was. The water that had been all over
the world came together, and formed a great ocean,
and the dry land rose up from it. And the great
water God called Sea, and the dry land he named
Earth: and God saw that the Earth and the Sea were
both good. Then God said, "Let grass and trees, and
flowers, and fruits, grow on the earth." And at once
the earth began to be green and bright with grass,
and flowers, and trees bearing fruit. This made the
third day upon the earth.
Then God said, "Let the sun, and moon, and stars
come into sight from the earth." So the sun began to
shine by day, and the moon and the stars began to
shine in the night. And this was done on the fourth
And God said, "Let there be fishes in the sea, and
let there be birds to fly in the air." So the
fishes, great ones and small, began to swim in the
sea; and the birds began to fly in the air over the
earth, just as they do now. And this was the fifth
Then God said, "Let the animals come upon the earth,
great animals and small ones; those that walk and
those that creep and crawl on the earth." And the
woods and the fields began to be alive with animals
of all kinds. And now the earth began to be more
beautiful, with its green fields and bright flowers,
and singing birds in the trees, and animals of every
kind walking in the forests.
But there were no people in the worldóno cities nor
houses, and no children playing under the trees. The
world was all ready for men and women to enjoy it:
and so God said, "I will make man, to be different
from all other animals. He shall stand up and shall
have a soul, and shall be like God; and he shall be
the master of the earth and all that is upon it."
So God took some of the dust that was on the ground,
and out of it he made man; and God breathed into him
the breath of life, and man became alive, and stood
up on the earth.
And so that the man whom God had made might have a
home, God planted a beautiful garden on the earth,
at a place where four rivers met. Perhaps we might
rather call it a park, for it was much larger than
any garden that you have ever seen, for it was miles
and miles in every direction. In this garden, or
park, God planted trees, and caused grass to grow,
and made flowers to bloom. This was called "The
Garden of Eden," and as in one of the languages of
the Bible the word that means "garden," or "park,"
is a word quite like the word "Paradise," this
Garden of Eden has often been called "Paradise."
This garden God gave to the man that he had made;
and told him to care for it, and to gather the
fruits upon the trees and the plants, and to live
upon them. And God gave to the first man the name
Adam: and God brought to Adam the animals that he
had made, and let Adam give to each one its name.
But Adam was all alone in this beautiful garden. And
God said, "It is not good for man to be alone. I
will make some one to be with Adam, and to help
him." So when Adam was asleep, God took a rib from
Adamís side, and from it God made a woman; and he
brought her to Adam, and Adam called her Eve. And
Adam and Eve loved one another; and they were happy
in the beautiful garden which God had given them for
Thus in six days the Lord God made the heavens and
the earth and the sea, and all that is in them. And
on the seventh day God rested from his work.
For a time, we do not know how long, Adam and Eve
were at peace in their beautiful garden. They did
just as God told them to do, and talked with God as
a man would talk with his friend; and they did not
know of anything evil or wicked. It was needful for
Adam and Eve to understand that they must always
obey Godís commands. So God said to Adam and Eve:
"You may eat the fruit of all the trees in the
garden except one. In the middle of the garden grows
a tree, with fruit upon it that you must not eat and
you must not touch. If you eat of the fruit upon
that tree, you shall die."
Now among the animals in the garden there was a
snake: and this snake said to Eve, "Has God told you
that there is any kind of fruit in the garden, of
which you are forbidden to eat?"
And Eve answered the snake, "We can eat the fruit of
all the trees except the one that stands in the
middle of the garden. If we eat the fruit of that
tree, God says that we must die."
Then the snake said, "No, you will not surely die.
God knows that if you eat of the fruit of that tree,
you will become as wise as God himself, for you will
know what is good and what is evil."
Eve listened to the snake, and then she looked at
the tree and its fruit. As she saw it, she thought
that it would taste good; and if it would really
make one wise, she would like to eat it, even though
God had told her not to do so. She took the fruit,
and ate it; and then she gave some to Adam, and he
too ate it.
Adam and Eve knew that they had done wrong in not
obeying Godís words: and now for the first time they
were afraid to meet God. They tried to hide
themselves from Godís sight among the trees of the
garden. But the Lord God called and said, "Adam,
where are you?" And Adam said, "Lord, I heard thy
voice in the garden, and I was afraid, and I hid
And God said, "Why were you afraid to meet me? Have
you eaten the fruit of the tree of which I told you
that you must not touch it?" And Adam said, "The
woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me
some of the fruit, and I ate it."
Then God said to the woman, "What is this that you
have done?" And Eve said, "The snake told me that it
would do me no harm if I should eat the fruit, and
so I took some of it and ate it."
Then the Lord God said to the snake, "Because you
have led Adam and Eve to do wrong, you shall no more
walk as do other animals; you shall crawl in the
dust and the dirt forever. You shall hate the woman,
and the woman shall hate you. You shall try to kill
her and her children, and her childrenís children
forever, and they shall try to kill you."
And the Lord God said to the woman, "Because you led
your husband to disobey me, you shall suffer and
have pain and trouble all the days of your life."
And God said to Adam, "Because you listened to your
wife when she told you to do what was wrong, you too
must suffer. You must work for everything that you
get from the ground. You will find thorns and
thistles and weeds growing on the earth. If you want
food, you must dig and plant and reap and work, as
long as you live. You came out from the ground, for
you were made of dust, and back again into the dust
shall your body go when you die."
And because Adam and Eve had disobeyed the word of
the Lord, they were driven out of the beautiful
Garden of Eden, which God had made to be their home.
They were sent out into the world; and to keep them
from going back into the garden, God placed his
angels before its gate, with swords which flashed
So Adam and his wife lost their garden, and no man
has ever been able to go into it from that day.
Adam and Eve