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The New King James Version

Genesis 4:1–15

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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.

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1

Lit. Acquire

2

Lit. Breath or Nothing

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Lit. at the end of days

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Lit. toward

5

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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