Genesis 4:1-10

Cain and Abel

1 Adam[a] made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.[b] She said, “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth[c] a man.”
2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.
3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD.
4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering,
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 is your face downcast?
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 rule over it.”
8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”[d] While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
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 have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.

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Cross References 17

  • 1. ver 17,25
  • 2. S Genesis 2:20
  • 3. Hebrews 11:4; 1 John 3:12; Jude 1:11
  • 4. Matthew 23:35; Luke 11:51; Hebrews 11:4; Hebrews 12:24
  • 5. S Genesis 2:7
  • 6. Leviticus 2:1-2; Isaiah 43:23; Jeremiah 41:5
  • 7. Numbers 18:12
  • 8. Leviticus 3:16; 2 Chronicles 29:35
  • 9. Exodus 13:2,12; Deuteronomy 15:19
  • 10. Hebrews 11:4
  • 11. John 4:4
  • 12. Genesis 44:16; Numbers 32:23; Isaiah 59:12
  • 13. Job 11:15; Job 22:27; Psalms 27:3; Psalms 46:2; S Romans 6:16
  • 14. Matthew 23:35; Luke 11:51; 1 John 3:12; Jude 1:11
  • 15. S Genesis 3:9
  • 16. S John 8:44
  • 17. Genesis 9:5; Genesis 37:20,26; Exodus 21:12; Numbers 35:33; Deuteronomy 21:7,9; 2 Samuel 4:11; Job 16:18; Job 24:2; Job 31:38; Psalms 9:12; Psalms 106:38; Hebrews 12:24; Revelation 6:9-10

Footnotes 4

  • [a]. Or "The man"
  • [b]. "Cain" sounds like the Hebrew for "brought forth" or "acquired."
  • [c]. Or "have acquired"
  • [d]. Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Masoretic Text does not have "“Let’s go out to the field.”"
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