4 1AND ADAM knew Eve as his wife, and she became pregnant and bore Cain; and she said, I have gotten and gained a man with the help of the Lord. 2And [next] she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3And in the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground. 4And Abel brought of the firstborn of his flock and of the fat portions. And the Lord had respect and regard for Abel and for his offering, 5But for [E]Cain and his offering He had no respect or regard. So Cain was exceedingly angry and indignant, and he looked sad and depressed. 6And the Lord said to Cain, Why are you angry? And why do you look sad and depressed and dejected? 7If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it. 8And Cain said to his brother, [F]Let us go out to the field. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. 9And the Lord said to Cain, Where is Abel your brother? And he said, I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper? 10And [the Lord] said, What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground. 11And now you are cursed by reason of the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s [shed] blood from your hand. 12When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength; you shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth [in perpetual exile, a degraded outcast]. 13Then Cain said to the Lord, My punishment is [G]greater than I can bear. 14Behold, You have driven me out this day from the face of the land, and from Your face I will be hidden; and I will be a fugitive and a vagabond and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me. 15And the Lord said to him, [H]Therefore, if anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a [I]mark or sign upon Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him. 16So Cain went away from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod [wandering], east of Eden. 17And Cain’s wife [one of Adam’s offspring] became pregnant and bore Enoch; and Cain built a [J]city and named it after his son Enoch. 18To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael the father of Methusael, and Methusael the father of Lamech. 19And Lamech took two wives; the name of the one was Adah and of the other was Zillah. 20Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have cattle and purchase possessions. 21His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe. 22Zillah bore Tubal-cain; he was the forger of all [cutting] instruments of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah. 23Lamech said to his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say; for I have slain a man [merely] for wounding me, and a young man [only] for striking and bruising me. 24If Cain is avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech [will be avenged] seventy-sevenfold. 25And Adam’s wife again became pregnant, and she bore a son and called his name Seth. For God, she said, has appointed for me another child instead of Abel, for Cain slew him. 26And to Seth also a son was born, whom he named Enosh. At that time men began to call [upon God] by the name of the Lord.
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