In the hour when the Holy One, blessed be he, created the first man
he took him and let him pass before all the trees of the garden of Eden,
and said to him:</br> See my works, how fine and excellent they are!
Now all that I have created for you have I created.
Think upon this, and do not corrupt and desolate my world;
for if you corrupt it, there is no one to set it right after you.</br> (Eccles. Rabbah VII.28.)
—Nathum N. Glatzer (ed), Hammer on the Rock: A Short Midrash Reader, Schocken Books, New York, 1948, page 13.