Genesis 4:1-16 NIV

Cain and Abel

1 Adama lay with his wife1 Eve,2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.b3 She said, "With the help of the LORD I have brought forthc a man."

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    • a 4:1 - Or "The man"
    • b 4:1 - "Cain" sounds like the Hebrew for "brought forth" or "acquired."
    • c 4:1 - Or "have acquired"
      2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.4 Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.5

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      3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering6 to the LORD.7

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      4 But Abel brought fat portions8 from some of the firstborn of his flock.9 The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering,10

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      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?11 Why is your face downcast?

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      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;12 it desires to have you, but you must master it.13"

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      8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field."d And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.14

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        • d 4:8 - Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Masoretic Text does not have ""Let's go out to the field.""
          9 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?"15 "I don't know,16" he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?"

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          10 The LORD said, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground.17
          11 Now you are under a curse18 and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.

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          12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you.19 You will be a restless wanderer20 on the earth.21"

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          13 Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is more than I can bear.
          14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence;22 I will be a restless wanderer on the earth,23 and whoever finds me will kill me."24
          15 But the LORD said to him, "Not soe; if anyone kills Cain25, he will suffer vengeance26 seven times over.27" Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.

          References for Genesis 4:15

            • e 4:15 - Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Hebrew "Very well"
              16 So Cain went out from the LORD's presence28 and lived in the land of Nod,f east of Eden.29

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                • f 4:16 - "Nod" means "wandering" (see verses 12 and 14).