Cain Murders Abel(A)

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore [a]Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Then she bore again, this time his brother [b]Abel. Now (B)Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And [c]in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit (C)of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of (D)the firstborn of his flock and of (E)their fat. And the Lord (F)respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is [d]for you, but you should rule over it.”

Now Cain [e]talked with Abel his [f]brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and (G)killed him.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?”

He said, (H)“I do not know. Am I (I)my brother’s keeper?”

10 And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood (J)cries out to Me from the ground. 11 So now (K)you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.”

13 And Cain said to the Lord, “My [g]punishment is greater than I can bear! 14 Surely You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; (L)I shall be (M)hidden from Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will happen that (N)anyone who finds me will kill me.”

15 And the Lord said to him, [h]“Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him (O)sevenfold.” And the Lord set a (P)mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him.

The Family of Cain

16 Then Cain (Q)went out from the (R)presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of [i]Nod on the east of Eden. 17 And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city, (S)and called the name of the city after the name of his son—Enoch. 18 To Enoch was born Irad; and Irad begot Mehujael, and Mehujael begot Methushael, and Methushael begot Lamech.

19 Then Lamech took for himself (T)two wives: the name of one was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah. 20 And Adah bore Jabal. He was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. 21 His brother’s name was Jubal. He was the father of all those who play the harp and [j]flute. 22 And as for Zillah, she also bore Tubal-Cain, an instructor of every craftsman in bronze and iron. And the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.

23 Then Lamech said to his wives:

“Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;
Wives of Lamech, listen to my speech!
For I have [k]killed a man for wounding me,
Even a young man [l]for hurting me.
24 (U)If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold,
Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.”

A New Son

25 And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and (V)named him [m]Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.” 26 And as for Seth, (W)to him also a son was born; and he named him [n]Enosh. Then men began (X)to call on the name of the Lord.

The Family of Adam(Y)

This is the book of the (Z)genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in (AA)the likeness of God. He created them (AB)male and female, and (AC)blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created. And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son (AD)in his own likeness, after his image, and (AE)named him Seth. After he begot Seth, (AF)the days of Adam were eight hundred years; (AG)and he had sons and daughters. So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; (AH)and he died.

Seth lived one hundred and five years, and begot (AI)Enosh. After he begot Enosh, Seth lived eight hundred and seven years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years; and he died.

Enosh lived ninety years, and begot [o]Cainan. 10 After he begot Cainan, Enosh lived eight hundred and fifteen years, and had sons and daughters. 11 So all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years; and he died.

12 Cainan lived seventy years, and begot Mahalalel. 13 After he begot Mahalalel, Cainan lived eight hundred and forty years, and had sons and daughters. 14 So all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years; and he died.

15 Mahalalel lived sixty-five years, and begot Jared. 16 After he begot Jared, Mahalalel lived eight hundred and thirty years, and had sons and daughters. 17 So all the days of Mahalalel were eight hundred and ninety-five years; and he died.

18 Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and begot (AJ)Enoch. 19 After he begot Enoch, Jared lived eight hundred years, and had sons and daughters. 20 So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years; and he died.

21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. 22 After he begot Methuselah, Enoch (AK)walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. 23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24 And (AL)Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God (AM)took him.

25 Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and begot Lamech. 26 After he begot Lamech, Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty-two years, and had sons and daughters. 27 So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died.

28 Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and had a son. 29 And he called his name (AN)Noah,[p] saying, “This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground (AO)which the Lord has cursed.” 30 After he begot Noah, Lamech lived five hundred and ninety-five years, and had sons and daughters. 31 So all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years; and he died.

32 And Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah begot (AP)Shem, Ham, (AQ)and Japheth.

The Wickedness and Judgment of Man

Now it came to pass, (AR)when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they (AS)took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.

And the Lord said, (AT)“My Spirit shall not (AU)strive[q] with man forever, (AV)for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were [r]giants on the earth in those (AW)days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

Then [s]the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every (AX)intent[t] of the thoughts of his heart was only evil [u]continually. And (AY)the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and (AZ)He was grieved in His (BA)heart. So the Lord said, “I will (BB)destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah (BC)found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Noah Pleases God

This is the genealogy of Noah. (BD)Noah was a just man, [v]perfect in his generations. Noah (BE)walked with God. 10 And Noah begot three sons: (BF)Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

11 The earth also was corrupt (BG)before God, and the earth was (BH)filled with violence. 12 So God (BI)looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for (BJ)all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.

The Ark Prepared(BK)

13 And God said to Noah, (BL)“The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; (BM)and behold, (BN)I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make [w]rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. 15 And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred [x]cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. 16 You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17 (BO)And behold, I Myself am bringing (BP)floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall (BQ)die. 18 But I will establish My (BR)covenant with you; and (BS)you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring (BT)two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind (BU)will come to you to keep them alive. 21 And you shall take for yourself of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them.”

22 (BV)Thus Noah did; (BW)according to all that (BX)God commanded him, so he did.

The Great Flood(BY)

Then the (BZ)Lord said to Noah, (CA)“Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that (CB)you are righteous before Me in this generation. You shall take with you seven each of every (CC)clean animal, a male and his female; (CD)two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep [y]the species alive on the face of all the earth. For after (CE)seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth (CF)forty days and forty nights, and I will [z]destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” (CG)And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him. Noah was (CH)six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth.

(CI)So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth, two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on (CJ)that day all (CK)the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the (CL)windows of heaven were opened. 12 (CM)And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.

13 On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark— 14 (CN)they and every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every (CO)sort. 15 And they (CP)went into the ark to Noah, two by two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life. 16 So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in (CQ)as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in.

17 (CR)Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18 The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, (CS)and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. 20 The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered. 21 (CT)And all flesh died that moved on [aa]the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. 22 All in (CU)whose nostrils was the breath [ab]of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. 23 So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only (CV)Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. 24 (CW)And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days.


  1. Genesis 4:1 Lit. Acquire
  2. Genesis 4:2 Lit. Breath or Nothing
  3. Genesis 4:3 Lit. at the end of days
  4. Genesis 4:7 Lit. toward
  5. Genesis 4:8 Lit. said to
  6. Genesis 4:8 Sam., LXX, Syr., Vg. add “Let us go out to the field.”
  7. Genesis 4:13 iniquity
  8. Genesis 4:15 So with MT, Tg.; LXX, Syr., Vg. Not so;
  9. Genesis 4:16 Lit. Wandering
  10. Genesis 4:21 pipe
  11. Genesis 4:23 slain a man for my wound
  12. Genesis 4:23 for my hurt
  13. Genesis 4:25 Lit. Appointed
  14. Genesis 4:26 Gr. Enos, Luke 3:38
  15. Genesis 5:9 Heb. Qenan
  16. Genesis 5:29 Lit. Rest
  17. Genesis 6:3 LXX, Syr., Tg., Vg. abide
  18. Genesis 6:4 Heb. nephilim, fallen or mighty ones
  19. Genesis 6:5 So with MT, Tg.; Vg. God; LXX Lord God
  20. Genesis 6:5 thought
  21. Genesis 6:5 all the day
  22. Genesis 6:9 blameless or having integrity
  23. Genesis 6:14 Lit. compartments or nests
  24. Genesis 6:15 A cubit is about 18 inches.
  25. Genesis 7:3 Lit. seed
  26. Genesis 7:4 Lit. blot out
  27. Genesis 7:21 the land
  28. Genesis 7:22 LXX, Vg. omit of the spirit

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