Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, "I have gottena a man with the help of the LORD."
And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground.
In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of 1the fruit of the ground,
and Abel also brought of 2the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD3had regard for Abel and his offering,
but 4for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell.
The LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen?
75If you do well, will you not be accepted?b And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. 6Its desire is forc you, but you must rule over it."
Cain spoke to Abel his brother.d And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and 7killed him.
Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, 8"I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?"
And the LORD said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood 9is crying to me from the ground.
And now 10you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.
When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth."
Cain said to the LORD, "My 11punishment is greater than I can bear.e14
Behold, 12you have driven me today away from the ground, and 13from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, 14and whoever finds me will kill me."
Then the LORD said to him, "Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him 15sevenfold." And the LORD16put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him.
Then Cain went away from the presence of the LORD and settled in the land of Nod,f east of Eden.
Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. When he built a city, he called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch.
To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad fathered Mehujael, and Mehujael fathered Methushael, and Methushael fathered Lamech.
And Lamech took two wives. The name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock.
His brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe.
Zillah also bore Tubal-cain; he was the forger of all instruments of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.
Lamech said to his wives: "Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say: I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for striking me.
2417If Cain's revenge is sevenfold, then Lamech's is seventy-sevenfold."
And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, "God has appointedg for me another offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him."
To 18Seth also a son was born, and he called his name 19Enosh. At that time people began 20to call upon the name of the LORD.