15 But the Lord said to him, “Not so[a]; anyone who kills Cain(A) will suffer vengeance(B) seven times over.(C)” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16 So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence(D) and lived in the land of Nod,[b] east of Eden.(E)

17 Cain made love to his wife,(F) and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city,(G) and he named it after his son(H) Enoch. 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 married(I) two women,(J) one named Adah and the other Zillah. 20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. 21 His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instruments(K) and pipes.(L) 22 Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged(M) all kinds of tools out of[c] bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah.

23 Lamech said to his wives,

“Adah and Zillah, listen to me;
    wives of Lamech, hear my words.
I have killed(N) a man for wounding me,
    a young man for injuring me.
24 If Cain is avenged(O) seven times,(P)
    then Lamech seventy-seven times.(Q)

25 Adam made love to his wife(R) again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth,[d](S) saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.”(T) 26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh.(U)

At that time people began to call on[e] the name of the Lord.(V)

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  1. Genesis 4:15 Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Hebrew Very well
  2. Genesis 4:16 Nod means wandering (see verses 12 and 14).
  3. Genesis 4:22 Or who instructed all who work in
  4. Genesis 4:25 Seth probably means granted.
  5. Genesis 4:26 Or to proclaim

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