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Genesis 4 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then Adam had intercourse with his wife, and she became pregnant. She bore a son and said, "By the Lord's help I have gotten a son." So she named him Cain. 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 another son, Abel. Abel became a shepherd, but Cain was a farmer. 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.
3 After some time Cain brought some of his harvest and gave it as an offering to the Lord. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD.
4 Then Abel brought the first lamb born to one of his sheep, killed it, and gave the best parts of it as an offering. The Lord was pleased with 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 rejected Cain and his offering. Cain became furious, and he scowled in anger. 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
6 Then the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why that scowl on your face? 6 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?
7 If you had done the right thing, you would be smiling; but because you have done evil, sin is crouching at your door. It wants to rule you, but you must overcome 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 Then Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out in the fields." When they were out in the fields, Cain turned on 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 The Lord asked Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" He answered, "I don't know. Am I supposed to take care of my brother?" 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 Then the Lord said, "Why have you done this terrible thing? Your brother's blood is crying out to me from the ground, like a voice calling for revenge. 10 The LORD said, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground.
11 You are placed under a curse and can no longer farm the soil. It has soaked up your brother's blood as if it had opened its mouth to receive it when you killed him. 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 If you try to grow crops, the soil will not produce anything; you will be a homeless wanderer on the 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 And Cain said to the Lord, "This punishment is too hard for me to bear. 13 Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is more than I can bear.
14 You are driving me off the land and away from your presence. I will be a homeless wanderer on the earth, and anyone who 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 But the Lord answered, "No. If anyone kills you, seven lives will be taken in revenge." So the Lord put a mark on Cain to warn anyone who met him not 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 And Cain went away from the Lord's presence and lived in a land called "Wandering," which is 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 and his wife had a son and named him Enoch. Then Cain built a city and named it 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 had a son named Irad, who was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael had a son named Methushael, who 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 had two wives, Adah and Zillah. 19 Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah.
20 Adah gave birth to Jabal, who was the ancestor of those who raise livestock and 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 was Jubal, the ancestor of all musicians who play the harp and the 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 made all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal Cain 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: I have killed a young man because he struck 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 seven lives are taken to pay for killing Cain, Seventy-seven will be taken if anyone kills me." 24 If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times."
25 Adam and his wife had another son. She said, "God has given me a son to replace Abel, whom Cain killed." So she named him Seth. 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 Seth had a son whom he named Enosh. It was then that people began using the Lord's holy name in worship. 26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time men began to call on the name of the LORD.