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Ard ew zayn ews harts'anen. et'é ch'ar inch' ch'kayr arraji, usti? ôdzn` zor satanay koch'ék'` imats'aw zhangamans ch'arin : Asemk', et'é satanay ch'ar zstunganeln mardoyn Astutsoy imats'aw, vasn oroy zmardn yayn yôzharets'oyts' : Orpés yorzham its'é ok' uruk' t'shnami, ew t'aguts'eal zt'shnamut'iwnn` gal't kamits'i vnasel, ew ch'gitits'é zhangamans vnasakarut'eann, ew shurj ekeal yatsits'i hnars xndrel. apa gteal zhamanak` yorzham ok' i bzhshkats' t'shnamwoyn nora patuér tayts'é yays inch' ch'hpel, ew yays nish kerakrots' ch'chashakel, orov arrol'jut'eann karits'é hasanel, ew nora lueal` val'val'aki i kel'tsis barekamut'ean kel'tsaworeal` zbzhishkn parsawits'é, ew zôgtakarsn nma vnasakars t'eladreal kartsets'uts'anits'é, ew hakarrak patuérs hramanats' bzhshkin tayts'é, ew aynu arrnits'é nma vnas. or och' et'é yarrajagoyn gitér zhangamans vnasakarut'eann, ayl i patuireloy bzhshkin gteal hnars` el'ew vnasakar : Noynpés kartsi ew zsatanayé` naxandzeln nma e'nd naxastel'ts mardoy, ew ch'gitel zhangamans, vnasakarut'eann. k'anzi och' et'é ch'ar inch' arraji kayr` usti zhangamansn mart' ér arrnul. useal yAstutsoy patuiranén` or mardoyn tuaw argelul zna i chashakeloy i tnkoy imek'é i mahaberé, zayn yarrajadreats' mardoyn. or och' et'é anpitan inch' i kerakurs mardoy ér, ew och' bnut'eamb tunkn mahaber, ew vasn aynorik inch' argelaw mardn i chashakeloy i nmané, ayl ansastut'iwnn el'ew patcharr mahuan mardoyn, ibrew yants'awori` or ants'anits'é zhramanaw hramanatui` or nma kargeal its'é :
But accordingly they also ask this: "If nothing evil existed before, whence did the serpent, which you call Satan, learn the characteristics of Evil?" We say that Satan understood as evil man's disobedience to God, on account of which he induced man to this. It is like when one would be another's enemy, and having concealed his enmity, he would secretly wish to harm him; yet he would not know the nature of the harm, and having come he would wander around in search of means; then, having found the time when someone among the physicians would give an order to his adversary not to touch this thing, and not to taste such a type of food, by which he could arrive to health; and having heard of it, soon pretending under the guise of friendship, he would blame the healer; and, labelling the useful things as harmful to him, he would persuade him, and he would give directions contrary to the orders of the physician, and by this do him harm; and, if he did not recognize beforehand the nature of the harm, rather having found the cure in the physician's order, it was harmful. Thus it is thought also of Satan, his envying of the first-created man, and his not knowing the nature of the evil-doing; because, though there was no evil before, from which it was possible to recognize its nature, nevertheless having learned from God's commandment -- which was given to man to keep him from partaking of some deadly part of the plant -- he offered to man that which, though it was not a useless bit of food for man, and not by nature a deadly plant, nevertheless on this very count man was prohibited from partaking of this -- rather disobedience was the basis of death for man, as for a criminal who would disobey the dictum of an authority that would restrain him.