1And Eve said to Adam, What is penitence? 1 Or ‘penance’. Tell me, my lord, what sort of penitence 1 Or ‘penance’. should I do? 2Let us not impose on ourselves too great a strain so that we cannot bear it, with the result that the Lord will not listen to our prayers, and turn his face away from us because we have not done what we promised. 3My lord, how much penitence 1 Or ‘penance’. have you in mind? I have indeed brought trouble and tribulation on you.