NASB — Genesis 4 — KJV

Cain and Abel

1 Now the man Ihad relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to IICain, and she said, “I have gotten a IIImanchild with [the help of] the LORD.” 2 Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And aAbel was ba keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 So it came about Iin the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the LORD of the fruit of the ground. 4 aAbel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And bthe LORD had regard for Abel and for his offering; 5 but afor Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So bCain became very angry and his countenance fell. 6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “aWhy are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 aIf you do well, Iwill not [your countenance] be lifted up? bAnd if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, cbut you must master it.” 8 Cain Itold Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and akilled him.

[1] ILit knew III.e. gotten one IIIOr man, the LORD
[2] aLk 11:50, 51 bGn 46:32; 47:3
[3] ILit at the end of days
[4] aHe 11:4 b1S 15:22
[5] a1S 16:7 bIs 3:9; Jde 11
[6] aJna 4:4
[7] IOr surely you will be accepted aJr 3:12; Mi 7:18 bNu 32:23 cJb 11:14, 15; Ro 6:12, 16
[8] ILit said to aMt 23:35; Lk 11:51; 1 Jn 3:12-15; Jde 11

9 ¶ Then the LORD said to Cain, “aWhere is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 He said, “What have you done? aThe voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground. 11 Now ayou are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 aWhen you cultivate the ground, it will no longer yield its strength to you; byou 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 adriven me this day from the face of the ground; and from Your face I will be hidden, and bI will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth, and cwhoever finds me will kill me.” 15 So the LORD said to him, “Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him asevenfold.” And the LORD Ibappointed a sign for Cain, so that no one finding him would slay him.

[9] aGn 3:9
[10] aNu 35:33; Dt 21:1-9; He 12:24; Rv 6:9, 10
[11] aGn 3:14; Dt 28:15-20; Ga 3:10
[12] aDt 28:15-24; Jol 1:10-20 bLv 26:17, 36
[14] aGn 3:24; Jr 52:3 bDt 28:64-67 cNu 35:19
[15] IOr set a mark on aGn 4:24 bEzk 9:4, 6

16 ¶ Then Cain went out from the presence aof the LORD, and Isettled in the land of IINod, east of Eden.

[16] ILit dwelt III.e. wandering a2K 24:20; Jr 23:39; 52:3

17 ¶ Cain Ihad relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city Enoch, after the name of his son. 18 Now to Enoch was born Irad, and Irad Ibecame the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael Ibecame the father of Methushael, and Methushael Ibecame the father of Lamech. 19 Lamech took to himself atwo wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other, Zillah. 20 Adah gave birth to 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 lyre and pipe. 22 As for Zillah, she also gave birth to Tubal-cain, the forger of all implements of bronze and iron; and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.

[17] ILit knew
[18] ILit begot
[19] aGn 2:24

23 ¶ Lamech said to his wives,
  “Adah and Zillah,
  Listen to my voice,
  You wives of Lamech,
  Give heed to my speech,
  aFor I Ihave killed a man for wounding me;
  And a boy for striking me;
  24 If Cain is avenged asevenfold,
  Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.”

[23] IOr kill aEx 20:13; Lv 19:18; Dt 32:35; Ps 94:1
[24] aGn 4:15

25aAdam Ihad relations with his wife again; and she gave birth to a son, and named him IISeth, for, [she said], “God IIIhas appointed me another IVoffspring in place of Abel, bfor Cain killed him.” 26 To Seth, to him also aa son was born; and he called his name Enosh. Then [men] began bto call Iupon the name of the LORD.

[25] ILit knew IIHeb Sheth IIIHeb shath IVLit seed aGn 5:3 bGn 4:8
[26] IOr by aLk 3:38 bGn 12:8; 26:25; 1K 18:24; Ps 116:17; Jol 2:32; Zp 3:9; 1Co 1:2


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The birth, trade, and religion of Cain and Abel.

1 ¶ And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. 6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

[1] Gn 3:15; 4:25; 5:29; Nu 31:17; 1Jn 3:12.
[2] Gn 3:23; 4:25; 9:20; 30:29; 37:13; 46:32; 47:3; Ex 3:1; Ps 78:70; 127:3; Am 7:15; Jn 8:44; 1Jn 3:10, 12, 15.
[3] Lv 2:1; Nu 18:12; 1K 17:7; Ne 13:6.
[4] Gn 15:17; Ex 13:12; Lv 3:16; 9:24; Nu 16:35; 18:12, 17; Jg 6:21; 1K 18:24, 38; 1Ch 21:26; 2Ch 7:1; Ps 20:3; Pv 3:9; He 9:22; 11:4; 1P 1:19; Rv 13:8.
[5] Gn 31:2, 5; Nu 16:15; Jb 5:2; Ps 20:3; Is 3:10; Mt 20:15; Lk 15:28; Ac 13:45; He 11:4.
[6] 1Ch 13:11; Jb 5:2; Is 1:18; Jr 2:5, 31; Mi 6:3; Mt 20:15; Lk 15:31; Jn 4:1, 8.
[7] Gn 3:16; 4:8; 19:21; 2S 24:23; 2K 8:28; Jb 29:4; 42:8; Pv 18:5; 21:27; Ec 8:12; Is 3:10; Jr 6:20; Mal 1:8, 10, 13; Ac 10:35; Ro 2:7; 7:8; 12:1; 14:18; 15:16; Ep 1:6; 1Ti 5:4; He 11:4; Jm 1:15; 1P 2:5.

The murder of Abel.

8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

[8] 2S 3:27; 13:26; 14:6; 20:9; Ne 6:2; Jb 11:15; Ps 24:3; 36:3; 55:21; 139:19; Pv 26:24; Mi 7:6; Mt 23:35; Lk 11:51; 22:48; 1Jn 3:12; Jde 1:11.

9 ¶ And the LORD said unto Cain, Where [is] Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: [Am] I my brother's keeper? 10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.

[9] Gn 3:9; 37:32; Jb 22:13; Ps 9:12; 10:13; Pv 28:13; Jn 8:44; Ac 5:4.
[10] Gn 3:13; 18:20; Ex 3:7; Jsh 7:19; 2K 9:26; Jb 16:18; 24:12; 31:38; Ps 9:12; 50:21; 72:14; Is 5:7; Ac 5:3, 9; He 11:4; 12:24; Jm 5:4; Rv 6:10.

The curse of Cain.

11 And now [art] thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; 12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. 13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment [is] greater than I can bear. 14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, [that] every one that findeth me shall slay me. 15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

[11] Gn 3:14; 4:14; Dt 27:16; 28:15; 29:19; Jb 16:18; 31:38; Is 26:21; Ga 3:10; Rv 12:16.
[12] Gn 3:17; 4:14; Lv 26:20, 36; Dt 28:23, 65; Ps 109:10; Jr 20:3; Ho 9:17; Ro 8:20.
[13] Jb 15:22; Rv 16:9, 11, 21.
[14] Gn 4:12, 15, 16; 9:5; Lv 26:17, 36; Nu 17:12; 35:19, 21, 27; Dt 28:65; 2S 14:7; Jb 15:20; 21:14; Ps 51:11; 109:10; 143:7; Pv 14:32; 28:1; Is 8:22; Ho 13:3; Mt 25:41, 46; 2Th 1:9.
[15] Gn 4:24; Lv 26:18, 21, 24, 28; 1K 16:7; Ps 59:11; 79:12; Pv 6:31; Ezk 9:4, 6; Ho 1:4; Mt 26:52; Rv 14:9, 11.

16 ¶ And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

[16] Gn 3:8; 4:12, 14; Ex 20:18; 2K 13:23; 24:20; Jb 1:12; 2:7; 20:17; Ps 5:11; 68:2; Jr 23:39; 52:3; Mt 18:20; Lk 13:26; Jn 1:3, 10; 1Th 1:9.

Enoch the first city.

17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. 18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.

[17] Gn 5:18, 22; 11:4; 2S 18:18; Ps 49:11; Ec 2:4; Dn 4:30; Lk 17:28.
[18] Gn 5:21; 36:2.

Lamech and his two wives.

19 ¶ And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one [was] Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. 20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and [of such as have] cattle. 21 And his brother's name [was] Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. 22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain [was] Naamah. 23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. 24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

[19] Gn 2:18, 24; Mt 19:4, 8.
[20] Gn 4:2, 21; 25:27; 1S 10:12; 1Ch 2:50; 4:4; Jr 35:9; Jn 8:44; Ro 4:11; He 11:9.
[21] Gn 31:27; Jb 21:12; Is 5:12; Am 6:5; Ro 4:11.
[22] Ex 25:3; Nu 31:22; Dt 8:9; 33:25; 2Ch 2:7.
[23] Gn 49:6; Nu 23:18; Jg 9:7.
[24] Gn 4:15; Mt 18:22.

The birth of Seth,

25 ¶ And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, [said she], hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

[25] Gn 4:1, 8, 10; 5:3; 1Ch 1:1; Lk 3:38.

and Enos.

26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

[26] Gn 4:6; Dt 26:17; 1K 18:24; Ps 116:17; Is 44:5; 48:1; 63:19; Jr 33:16; Jol 2:32; Zp 3:9; Ac 2:21; 11:26; Ro 10:13; 1Co 1:2; Ep 3:14.


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