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Genesis 4 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now Adam slept with his wife, Eve, and she became pregnant. When the time came, she gave birth to Cain, and she said, "With the LORD's help, I have brought forth a man!" 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 Later she gave birth to a second son and named him Abel.When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain was a farmer. 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.
3 At harvesttime Cain brought to the LORD a gift of his farm produce, 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD.
4 while Abel brought several choice lambs from the best of his flock. The LORD accepted 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 he did not accept Cain and his offering. This made Cain very angry and dejected. 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
6 "Why are you so angry?" the LORD asked him. "Why do you look so dejected? 6 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?
7 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." 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 Later Cain suggested to his brother, Abel, "Let's go out into the fields." And while they were there, Cain attacked and killed his brother. 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 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?" 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 But the LORD said, "What have you done? Listen -- your brother's blood cries out 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 You are hereby banished from the ground you have defiled with your brother's blood. 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 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." 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 replied to the LORD, "My punishment is too great for me to bear! 13 Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is more than I can bear.
14 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!" 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 The LORD replied, "They will not kill you, for I will give seven times your punishment to anyone who does." Then the LORD put a mark on Cain to warn anyone who might try to 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 So Cain left the LORD's presence and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden. 16 So Cain went out from the LORD's presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
17 Then Cain's wife became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and they named him Enoch. When Cain founded a city, he named it Enoch after his son. 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 was the father of Irad. Irad was the father of Mehujael. Mehujael was the father of Methushael. Methushael was the father of 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 women -- Adah and Zillah. 19 Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah.
20 Adah gave birth to a baby named Jabal. He became the first of the herdsmen who live in tents. 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 first musician -- the inventor of the harp and flute. 21 His brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play the harp and flute.
22 To Lamech's other wife, Zillah, was born Tubal-cain. He was the first to work with metal, forging instruments of bronze and iron. Tubal-cain had a sister named 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 One day Lamech said to Adah and Zillah, "Listen to me, my wives. I have killed a youth who attacked and wounded 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 anyone who kills Cain is to be punished seven times, anyone who takes revenge against me will be punished seventy-seven times!" 24 If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times."
25 Adam slept with his wife again, and she gave birth to another son. She named him Seth, for she said, "God has granted me another son in place of Abel, the one 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 When Seth grew up, he had a son and named him Enosh. It was during his lifetime that people first began to worship the LORD. 26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time men began to call on the name of the LORD.