Genesis 3:12

Hebrew Bible

11 And the Lord God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave me, she gave me some fruit from the tree and I ate it. 13 So the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman replied, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.” 14 The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all the cattle and all the living creatures of the field! On your belly you will crawl and dust you will eat all the days of your life. 15 And I will put hostility between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” 16 To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your labor pains; with pain you will give birth to children. You will want to control your husband, but he will dominate you.” 17 But to Adam he said, “Because you obeyed the voice of52 your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ the ground is cursed because of you; in painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, but you will eat the grain of the field.

1 Samuel 15:13

Hebrew Bible

22 Then Samuel said, “Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as he does in obedience? Certainly, obedience is better than sacrifice; paying attention is better than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and presumption is like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the Lord’s orders, he has rejected you from being king.” 24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have disobeyed what the Lord commanded and your words as well. For I was afraid of the army, and I obeyed their voice. 25 Now please forgive my sin. Go back with me so I can worship the Lord.” 26 Samuel said to Saul, “I will not go back with you, for you have rejected the Lord’s orders, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel!”

 Notes and References

"... Compare, for example, the language and technique of Adam’s wriggling to get out of it when he has been caught red-handed to King Saul’s wriggling when the prophet Samuel catches him keeping some booty he was commanded to destroy (1 Samuel 15:13-26). Even when Saul admits his sin, he tries to mitigate it by saying that his error was giving in to the people’s wishes. He says, “I listened to their voice.” When we recall that Adam tried to mitigate his actions by blaming it on “the woman,” and that the deity rejected this argument by noting that “you listened to her voice,” we can predict just how far Saul is going to get with this argument even before we finish reading the episode ..."

Friedman, Richard Elliott The Hidden Book in the Bible (p. 52) Harper San Francisco, 1998

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