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Genesis 4:1–26

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Cain Murders Abel

4 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore 1Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Then she bore again, this time his brother 2Abel. Now aAbel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And 3in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit bof the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of cthe firstborn of his flock and of dtheir fat. And the Lord erespected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is 4for you, but you should rule over it.”

Now Cain 5talked with Abel his 6brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and fkilled him.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?”

He said, g“I do not know. Am I hmy brother’s keeper?”

10 And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood icries out to Me from the ground. 11 So now jyou are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.”

13 And Cain said to the Lord, “My 7punishment is greater than I can bear! 14 Surely You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; kI shall be lhidden from Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will happen that manyone who finds me will kill me.”

15 And the Lord said to him, 8“Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him nsevenfold.” And the Lord set a omark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him.

The Family of Cain

16 Then Cain pwent out from the qpresence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of 9Nod on the east of Eden. 17 And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city, rand called the name of the city after the name of his son—Enoch. 18 To Enoch was born Irad; and Irad begot Mehujael, and Mehujael begot Methushael, and Methushael begot Lamech.

19 Then Lamech took for himself stwo wives: the name of one was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah. 20 And Adah bore Jabal. He was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. 21 His brother’s name was Jubal. He was the father of all those who play the harp and 1flute. 22 And as for Zillah, she also bore Tubal-Cain, an instructor of every craftsman in bronze and iron. And the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.

23 Then Lamech said to his wives:

“Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;

Wives of Lamech, listen to my speech!

For I have 2killed a man for wounding me,

Even a young man 3for hurting me.

24 tIf Cain shall be avenged sevenfold,

Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.”

A New Son

25 And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and unamed him 4Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.” 26 And as for Seth, vto him also a son was born; and he named him 5Enosh. Then men began wto call on the name of the Lord.

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Lit. Acquire

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Lit. Breath or Nothing

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Lit. at the end of days

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Lit. toward

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Lit. said to

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Sam., LXX, Syr., Vg. add “Let us go out to the field.”

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iniquity

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So with MT, Tg.; LXX, Syr., Vg. Not so;

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Lit. Wandering

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pipe

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slain a man for my wound

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for my hurt

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Lit. Appointed

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Gr. Enos, Luke 3:38

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