Genesis 4 (New American Standard)

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Cain and Abel

1 Now the man ahad relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to bCain, and she said, "I have gotten a cmanchild with the help of the LORD." 2 Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And 1Abel was 2a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 So it came about din the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the LORD of the fruit of the ground. 4 3Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And 4the LORD had regard for Abel and for his offering; 5 but 5for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So 6Cain became very angry and his countenance fell. 6 Then the LORD said to Cain, "7Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 "8If you do well, ewill not your countenance be lifted up? 9And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, 10but you must master it." 8 Cain ftold Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and 11killed him. 9 Then the LORD said to Cain, "12Where is Abel your brother?" And he said, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?" 10 He said, "What have you done? 13The voice of your brother's blood is crying to Me from the ground. 11 "Now 14you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. 12 "15When you cultivate the ground, it will no longer yield its strength to you; 16you 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 17driven me this day from the face of the ground; and from Your face I will be hidden, and 18I will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth, and 19whoever finds me will kill me." 15 So the LORD said to him, "Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him 20sevenfold." And the LORD g21appointed a sign for Cain, so that no one finding him would slay him. 16 Then Cain went out from the presence 22of the LORD, and hsettled in the land of iNod, east of Eden. 17 Cain jhad 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 kbecame the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael lbecame the father of Methushael, and Methushael mbecame the father of Lamech. 19 Lamech took to himself 23two 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, 24For I nhave killed a man for wounding me; And a boy for striking me; 24 If Cain is avenged 25sevenfold, Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold." 25 26Adam ohad relations with his wife again; and she gave birth to a son, and named him pSeth, for, she said, "God qhas appointed me another roffspring in place of Abel, 27for Cain killed him." 26 To Seth, to him also 28a son was born; and he called his name Enosh. Then men began 29to call supon the name of the LORD.
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