Chapter XXIII.—The Truth of the Account in Genesis.
Man, therefore, God made on the sixth day, and made
known this creation after the seventh day, when also He made Paradise,
that he might be in a better and distinctly superior place. And that this
is true, the fact itself proves. For how can one miss seeing that the
pains which women suffer in childbed, and the oblivion of their labours
which they afterwards enjoy, are sent in order that the word of God may
be fulfilled, and that the race of men may increase and multiply?598598 And do we not see also the judgment of
the serpent,—how hatefully he crawls on his belly and eats the
dust,—that we may have this, too, for a proof of the things which
were said aforetime?