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Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return

In the Book of Genesis, words that God spoke to Adam in casting him and Eve out of the Garden of Eden. In saying this, God reminded Adam that he had been made from “the dust of the ground” and confirmed that Adam and Eve had brought death upon themselves by disobeying him and eating the forbidden fruit. (See Fall of Man.)

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