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Genesis 4:1-6 NIV

Cain and Abel

1 Adama made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.b She said, “With the help of the LORD I have brought forthc a man.”

References for Genesis 4:1

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

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

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      4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering,

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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? Why is your face downcast?

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      Study tools for Genesis 4:1-6

      • 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"
      • d 4:8 - Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Masoretic Text does not have "“Let’s go out to the field.”"
      • e 4:15 - Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Hebrew "Very well"
      • f 4:16 - "Nod" means "wandering" (see verses 12 and 14).
      • g 4:22 - Or "who instructed all who work in"
      • h 4:25 - "Seth" probably means "granted."
      • i 4:26 - Or "to proclaim"