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 Genesis 4:1 - 16
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   Book of Genesis
   Chapter 4
4:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Adam F19 lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. F20 She said, "With the help of the LORD I have brought forth F21 a man."
 
4:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.
 
4:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD.
 
4:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering,
 
4:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
 
4:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?
 
4:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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 master it."
 
4:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." F22 And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
 
4:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" "I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?"
 
4:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The LORD said, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground.
 
4:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.
 
4:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth."
 
4:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is more than I can bear.
 
4:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me."
 
4:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But the LORD said to him, "Not so F23 ; if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over." Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.
 
4:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So Cain went out from the LORD's presence and lived in the land of Nod, F24 east of Eden.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F19 Or The man
F20 Cain sounds like the Hebrew for brought forth or acquired.
F21 Or have acquired
F22 Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Masoretic Text does not have "Let's go out to the field."
F23 Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Hebrew Very well
F24 Nod means wandering (see verses 12 and 14).

 
 

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