And the Lord God said, Behold, the man has become as one of us, to know good and evil, and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever; therefore, the Lord sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken (Genesis 3:22, 23).
The tree of life has prominence in all the writings of ancient Israel. Its mention here in the Genesis account is not without significance. Whether it is perceived here as figurative or literal, there is no question about its meaning. The tree of life represents the source of eternal life; therefore, it occupied a central place in the garden of Eden, even as it does in all biblical revelation.
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