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Genesis 4:1–26

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Cain and Abel

4 Adama made love to his wifez Eve,a and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.b b She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forthc a man.” Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.c

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.d In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offeringe to the Lord.f And Abel also brought an offering—fat portionsg from some of the firstborn of his flock.h The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering,i but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry?j Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door;k it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.l

Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”d While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.m

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

“I don’t know,o” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.p 11 Now you are under a curseq and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you.r You will be a restless wanderers on the earth.t

13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence;u I will be a restless wanderer on the earth,v and whoever finds me will kill me.”w

15 But the Lord said to him, “Not soe; anyone who kills Cainx will suffer vengeancey seven times over.z” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16 So Cain went out from the Lord’s presencea and lived in the land of Nod,f east of Eden.b

17 Cain made love to his wife,c and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city,d and he named it after his sone Enoch. 18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.

19 Lamech marriedf two women,g one named Adah and the other Zillah. 20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. 21 His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instrumentsh and pipes.i 22 Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forgedj all kinds of tools out ofg bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah.

23 Lamech said to his wives,

“Adah and Zillah, listen to me;

wives of Lamech, hear my words.

I have killedk a man for wounding me,

a young man for injuring me.

24 If Cain is avengedl seven times,m

then Lamech seventy-seven times.n

25 Adam made love to his wifeo again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth,h p saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.”q 26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh.r

At that time people began to call oni the name of the Lord.s

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Or The man

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Cain sounds like the Hebrew for brought forth or acquired.

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Or have acquired

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Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Masoretic Text does not have “Let’s go out to the field.”

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Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Hebrew Very well

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Nod means wandering (see verses 12 and 14).

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Or who instructed all who work in

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Seth probably means granted.

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