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THE STORY OF A BEAUTIFUL GARDEN
Genesis i: 1, to iii: 24.
HIS 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
in one mass. And all the earth was blacker than midnight,
there was no light upon it. No man could have breathed
no animals could walk upon it, and no fish could swim in its
oceans. There was no life upon the earth.
While all was dark upon earth, God said, "Let there be
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
was the first day upon this earth after a long night.
Then at God's word, the dark clouds all around the earth
to break, and the sky came in sight, and the water that was
clouds began to be separate from the water that was on the
And the arch of the sky which was over the earth God called
Thus the night and the morning made a second day.
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
that had been all over the world came together, and formed a
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
the Earth and the Sea were both good. Then God said, "Let
 and trees, and flowers, and fruits, grow on the earth." And
the earth began to be green and bright with grass, and
trees bearing fruit. This made the third day upon the
Then God said, "Let the sun, and moon, and stars come into
sight from the earth." So the sun began to shine by day,
moon and the stars began to shine in the night. And this was
on the fourth day.
And God said, "Let there be fishes in the sea, and let there
birds to fly in the air." So the fishes, great ones and
to swim in the sea; and the birds began to fly in the air
earth, just as they do now. And this was the fifth day.
Then God said, "Let the animals come upon the earth, great
animals and small ones; those that walk and those that creep
crawl on the earth." And the woods and the fields began
alive with animals of all kinds. And now the earth
began to be
more beautiful, with its green fields and bright flowers,
birds in the trees, and animals of every kind walking in the
But there were no people in the world—no cities nor
and no children playing under the trees. The world was all
for men and women to enjoy it: and so God said, "I will make
to be different from all other animals. He shall stand up
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
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
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 in every direction. In this garden, or park, God
trees, and caused grass to grow, and made flowers to bloom.
was called "The Garden of Eden," and as in one of the
the Bible the word that means "garden," or "park," is a word
quite like the word "Paradise," this Garden of Eden has
called "Paradise." This garden God gave to the man that
made; and told him to care for it, and to gather the fruits
the trees and the plants, and to live upon them. And
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
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 a
ADAM AND EVE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN
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
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
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
 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
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 SENT OUT INTO THE WORLD