Genesis 4:1-6 NIV

Cain and Abel

1 Adama lay with his wife1 Eve,2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.b3 She said, "With the help of the LORD I have brought forthc a man."

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    • a 4:1 - Or "The man"
    • b 4:1 - "Cain" sounds like the Hebrew for "brought forth" or "acquired."
    • c 4:1 - Or "have acquired"
      2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.4 Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.5

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      3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering6 to the LORD.7

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      4 But Abel brought fat portions8 from some of the firstborn of his flock.9 The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering,10

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      5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
      6 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry?11 Why is your face downcast?

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