Genesis 4 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Adam slept with Eve his wife. She conceived and had Cain. She said, "I've gotten a man, with God's help!" 1 Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, "With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man."
2 Then she had another baby, Abel. Abel was a herdsman and Cain a farmer. 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.
3 Time passed. Cain brought an offering to God from the produce of his farm. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD.
4 Abel also brought an offering, but from the firstborn animals of his herd, choice cuts of meat. God liked Abel and his offering, 4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering,
5 but Cain and his offering didn't get his approval. Cain lost his temper and went into a sulk. 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
6 God spoke to Cain: "Why this tantrum? Why the sulking? 6 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?
7 If you do well, won't you be accepted? And if you don't do well, sin is lying in wait for you, ready to pounce; it's out to get you, you've got to master it." 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it."
8 Cain had words with his brother. They were out in the field; Cain came at Abel his brother and killed him. 8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
9 God said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, "How should I know? Am I his babysitter?" 9 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" "I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?"
10 God said, "What have you done! The voice of your brother's blood is calling to me from the ground. 10 The LORD said, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground.
11 From now on you'll get nothing but curses from this ground; you'll be driven from this ground that has opened its arms to receive the blood of your murdered brother. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.
12 You'll farm this ground, but it will no longer give you its best. You'll be a homeless wanderer on Earth." 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth."
13 Cain said to God, "My punishment is too much. I can't take it! 13 Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is more than I can bear.
14 You've thrown me off the land and I can never again face you. I'm a homeless wanderer on Earth and whoever finds me will kill me." 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me."
15 God told him, "No. Anyone who kills Cain will pay for it seven times over." God put a mark on Cain to protect him so that no one who met him would kill him. 15 But the LORD said to him, "Not so; if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over." Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.
16 Cain left the presence of God and lived in No-Man's-Land, east of Eden. 16 So Cain went out from the LORD's presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
17 Cain slept with his wife. She conceived and had Enoch. He then built a city and named it after his son, Enoch. 17 Cain lay with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch.
18 Enoch had Irad, Irad had Mehujael, Mehujael had Methushael, Methushael had Lamech. 18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.
19 Lamech married two wives, Adah and Zillah. 19 Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah.
20 Adah gave birth to Jabal, the ancestor of all who live in tents and herd cattle. 20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock.
21 His brother's name was Jubal, the ancestor of all who play the lyre and flute. 21 His brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play the harp and flute.
22 Zillah gave birth to Tubal-Cain, who worked at the forge making bronze and iron tools. Tubal-Cain's sister was Naamah. 22 Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain's sister was Naamah.
23 Lamech said to his wives, Adah and Zillah, listen to me; you wives of Lamech, hear me out: I killed a man for wounding me, a young man who attacked me. 23 Lamech said to his wives, "Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me.
24 If Cain is avenged seven times, for Lamech it's seventy-seven! 24 If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times."
25 Adam slept with his wife again. She had a son whom she named Seth. She said, "God has given me another child in place of Abel whom Cain killed." 25 Adam lay with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, "God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him."
26 And then Seth had a son whom he named Enosh. That's when men and women began praying and worshiping in the name of God. 26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time men began to call on the name of the LORD.