Genesis 4:1-16

Cain and Abel

1 Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, "I have gotten a manchild with the help of the LORD."
2 Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And 1Abel was 2a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3 So it came about in the course * of time that Cain brought an offering to the LORD of the fruit of the ground.
4 3Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And 4the LORD had regard for Abel and for his offering;
5 but 5for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So 6Cain became very angry and his countenance fell.
6 Then the LORD said to Cain, "7Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
7 "8If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? 9And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, 10but you must master it."
8 Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and 11killed him.
9 Then the LORD said to Cain, "12Where is Abel your brother?" And he said, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?"
10 He said, "What have you done? 13The voice of your brother's blood is crying to Me from the ground.
11 "Now 14you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.
12 "15When you cultivate the ground, it will no longer yield its strength to you; 16you will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth."
13 Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is too great to bear!
14 "Behold, You have 17driven me this day from the face of the ground; and from Your face I will be hidden, and 18I will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth, and 19whoever finds me will kill me."
15 So the LORD said to him, "Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him 20sevenfold." And the LORD 21appointed a sign for Cain, so that no one finding him would slay him.
16 Then Cain went out from the presence 22of the LORD, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
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