Adam slept with Eve his wife. She conceived and had Cain. She said, "I've gotten a man, with God's help!"
Then she had another baby, Abel. Abel was a herdsman and Cain a farmer.
Time passed. Cain brought an offering to God from the produce of his farm.
Abel also brought an offering, but from the firstborn animals of his herd, choice cuts of meat. God liked Abel and his offering,
but Cain and his offering didn't get his approval. Cain lost his temper and went into a sulk.
God spoke to Cain: "Why this tantrum? Why the sulking?
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