while Abel brought several choice lambs from the best of his flock. The LORD accepted Abel and his offering,
but he did not accept Cain and his offering. This made Cain very angry and dejected.
"Why are you so angry?" the LORD asked him. "Why do you look so dejected?
You will be accepted if you respond in the right way. But if you refuse to respond correctly, then watch out! Sin is waiting to attack and destroy you, and you must subdue it."
Later Cain suggested to his brother, Abel, "Let's go out into the fields." a And while they were there, Cain attacked and killed his brother.
Afterward the LORD asked Cain, "Where is your brother? Where is Abel?" "I don't know!" Cain retorted. "Am I supposed to keep track of him wherever he goes?"
But the LORD said, "What have you done? Listen -- your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground!
You are hereby banished from the ground you have defiled with your brother's blood.
No longer will it yield abundant crops for you, no matter how hard you work! From now on you will be a homeless fugitive on the earth, constantly wandering from place to place."
Cain replied to the LORD, "My punishment b is too great for me to bear!
You have banished me from my land and from your presence; you have made me a wandering fugitive. All who see me will try to kill me!"
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)