"Of man's first disobedience"
Line 1. Adam and Eve's disobedience of God when picking the apple from the tree of knowledge. God's punishment, of expelling the couple from Eden, acts as the basis for Milton's mission to 'justify the ways of God to men' (Line 26). This biblical event is found in Genesis 3:22-24 'So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken'. For other biblical references search TheBibleGateway.