Genesis 4:1-16 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The man Adam knew his wife Eve intimately. She became pregnant and gave birth to Cain, and said, "I have given life to a man with the LORD'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 She gave birth a second time to Cain's brother Abel. Abel cared for the flocks, and Cain farmed the fertile land. 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.
3 Some time later, Cain presented an offering to the LORD from the land's crops 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD.
4 while Abel presented his flock's oldest offspring with their fat. The LORD looked favorably on Abel and his sacrifice 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 didn't look favorably on Cain and his sacrifice. Cain became very angry and looked resentful. 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
6 The LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry, and why do you look so resentful? 6 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?
7 If you do the right thing, won't you be accepted? But if you don't do the right thing, sin will be waiting at the door ready to strike! It will entice you, but you must rule over 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 said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." When they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel 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 said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" Cain said, "I don't know. Am I my brother's guardian?" 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 The LORD said, "What did you do? The voice of your brother's blood is crying 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 now cursed from the ground that opened its mouth to take your brother's blood from your hand. 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 When you farm the fertile land, it will no longer grow anything for you, and you will become a roving nomad 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 Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is more than I can bear. 13 Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is more than I can bear.
14 Now that you've driven me away from the fertile land and I am hidden from your presence, I'm about to become a roving nomad 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 The LORD said to him, "It won't happen; anyone who kills Cain will be paid back seven times. The LORD put a sign on Cain so that no one who found him would assault 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 LORD's presence, and he settled down 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.