2:15 The LORD God took
the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.
And the LORD God commanded the man, "You may freely eat of
every tree of the garden;
but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not
eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die."
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that
the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God say,
'You shall not eat from any tree in the garden'?"
The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of
the trees in the garden;
but God said, 'You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is
in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall
But the serpent said to the woman, "You will not die;
for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened,
and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it
was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to
make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave
some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate.
Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were
naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for
32:1 Happy are those
whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose
spirit there is no deceit.
While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was
dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,"
and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah
Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time
of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you
surround me with glad cries of deliverance. Selah
I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will
counsel you with my eye upon you.
Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose
temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay
Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds
those who trust in the LORD.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy,
all you upright in heart.
5:12 Therefore, just as
sin came into the world through one man, and death came through
sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned-
sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not
reckoned when there is no law.
Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those
whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type
of the one who was to come.
But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died
through the one man's trespass, much more surely have the grace of
God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ,
abounded for the many.
And the free gift is not like the effect of the one man's sin. For
the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the
free gift following many trespasses brings justification.
If, because of the one man's trespass, death exercised dominion
through that one, much more surely will those who receive the
abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise
dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
Therefore just as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all,
so one man's act of righteousness leads to justification and life
For just as by the one man's disobedience the many were made
sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made
4:1 Then Jesus was led
up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was
The tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God,
command these stones to become loaves of bread."
But he answered, "It is written, 'One does not live by bread
alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the
pinnacle of the temple,
saying to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself
down; for it is written, 'He will command his angels concerning
you,' and 'On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will
not dash your foot against a stone.'"
Jesus said to him, "Again it is written, 'Do not put the Lord
your God to the test.'"
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him
all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor;
and he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you will
fall down and worship me."
Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! for it is written,
'Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.'"
Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on