22 Then the Lord God said, (A)“Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand (B)and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden (C)to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the (D)cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.

Cain and Abel

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten[a] a man with the help of the Lord.” And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of (E)the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of (F)the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord (G)had regard for Abel and his offering, but (H)for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? (I)If you do well, will you not be accepted?[b] And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. (J)Its desire is contrary to[c] you, but you must rule over it.”

Cain spoke to Abel his brother.[d] And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and (K)killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, (L)“I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?” 10 And the Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood (M)is crying to me from the ground. 11 And now (N)you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.” 13 Cain said to the Lord, “My (O)punishment is greater than I can bear.[e] 14 Behold, (P)you have driven me today away from the ground, and (Q)from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, (R)and whoever finds me will kill me.” 15 Then the Lord said to him, “Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him (S)sevenfold.” And the Lord (T)put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him. 16 Then Cain went away from the presence of the Lord and settled in the land of Nod,[f] east of Eden.

17 Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. When he built a city, he called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch. 18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad fathered Mehujael, and Mehujael fathered Methushael, and Methushael fathered Lamech.

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 4:1 Cain sounds like the Hebrew for gotten
  2. Genesis 4:7 Hebrew will there not be a lifting up [of your face]?
  3. Genesis 4:7 Or is toward
  4. Genesis 4:8 Hebrew; Samaritan, Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate add Let us go out to the field
  5. Genesis 4:13 Or My guilt is too great to bear
  6. Genesis 4:16 Nod means wandering

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