Cain and Abel1 Now the man ▼ had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to ▼
▼ I.e. gotten oneCain, and she said, “I have gotten a ▼
▼ Or man, the Lordmanchild with the help of the Lord.” 2 Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And d Abel was e a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 So it came about ▼
▼ Lit at the end of daysin the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. 4 g Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And h the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; 5 but i for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So j Cain became very angry and his countenance fell. 6 Then the Lord said to Cain, k “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 l “If you do well ▼
▼ Or surely you will be acceptedwill not your countenance be lifted up? n And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, o but you must master it.” 8 Cain ▼
▼ Lit said totold Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and q killed him. 9 Then the Lord said to Cain, r “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 He said, “What have you done? s The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground. 11 “Now t you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 u “When you cultivate the ground, it will no longer yield its strength to you; v you will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth.” 13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is too great to bear! 14 “Behold, You have w driven me this day from the face of the ground; and from Your face I will be hidden, and x I will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth, and y whoever finds me will kill me.” 15 So the Lord said to him, “Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him z sevenfold.” And the Lord ▼
▼ Or set a mark on, ab appointed a sign for Cain, so that no one finding him would slay him. 16 Then Cain went out from the presence ac of the Lord, and ▼
▼ Lit dweltsettled in the land of ▼
▼ I.e. wanderingNod, east of Eden. 17 Cain ▼ had relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city Enoch, after the name of his son. 18 Now to Enoch was born Irad, and Irad ▼ became the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael ▼ became the father of Methushael, and Methushael ▼ became the father of Lamech. 19 Lamech took to himself aj two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other, Zillah. 20 Adah gave birth to 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 lyre and pipe. 22 As for Zillah, she also gave birth to Tubal-cain, the forger of all implements of bronze and iron; and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah. 23 Lamech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah,
Listen to my voice,
You wives of Lamech,
Give heed to my speech,
ak For I ▼
▼ Or killhave killed a man for wounding me;
And a boy for striking me;
24 If Cain is avenged am sevenfold,
Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.”
25 an Adam ▼ had relations with his wife again; and she gave birth to a son, and named him ▼
▼ Heb ShethSeth, for, she said, “God ▼
▼ Heb shathhas appointed me another ▼
▼ Lit seedoffspring in place of Abel as for Cain killed him.” 26 To Seth, to him also at a son was born; and he called his name Enosh. Then men began au to call ▼
▼ Or byupon the name of the Lord.
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