those caught in carnal desires, who are glad to hear that it is not they themselves who do whatever they do in their wantonness, but the nation of darkness. They deceive also the curious who are wise about the things of earth and search out spiritual things with an earthy eye. 185. There will, however, be enmities between it and the woman, and between its seed and the woman's if she bears children with pain and turns to her husband so that he may rule over her. 186. For then one can know that one part of us does not belong to God as its author and another to the nation of darkness, as these men say. Rather the part that has the power of ruling in man and that lower part that should be ruled are both from God. Thus the Apostle says, "A man certainly should not cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but a woman is the glory of man. For the man is not from the woman, but the woman is from the man. For man was not created on account of the woman, but the woman on account of the man. For that reason a woman ought to have a veil over her head, on account of the angels. Nonetheless, woman is not without man, and man is not without woman in the Lord. For as the woman is from the man, so the man is through the woman, but all things are from God." 187.
Adam's Fall and Punishment Taken Allegorically
41. Let Adam now labor in his field and let him understand that the fact that the earth bears thorns and thistles is not due to nature, but to punishment. Let him not attribute this to some nation of darkness or other, but to the judgment of God, because the directive of justice is to give to each his due. 188.____________________