Genesis 4:1 Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant. She gave birth to her son and named him Cain. She said, With the help of the LORD I have given birth to a male child.
Genesis 4:2 Later Eve gave birth again to Cain’s brother, Abel. Abel became a shepherd, and Cain became a farmer.
Genesis 4:3 After some more time, Cain brought some of food that he grew from the ground and gave it as an offering to the LORD.
Genesis 4:4 Then Abel brought the first lamb born to one of his sheep, killed it, and gave the best parts of it as an offering. The LORD was pleased with Abel and his offering,
Genesis 4:5 But God rejected Cain offering. Cain became very angry, and Cain became very sad.
Genesis 4:6 Then the LORD said to Cain, why are you angry? Why are you very sad?
Genesis 4:7 If you had done the right thing, I will accept you. But if you don’t, sin is ready to attack you. Sin desires to have you, but you must rule over it.
Genesis 4:8 Cain talked with Abel his brother about what God had said. And when they were alone in the field, Cain attacked Abel his brother and killed him.
Then Cain said to his brother Abel, Let’s go out in the fields.” When they were out in the fields, Cain turned on his brother and killed him.
Genesis 4:9 The LORD asked Cain, where is your brother Abel? He answered, I don’t know. Am I supposed to take care of my brother?
Genesis 4:10 Then the LORD said, why have you done this terrible thing? Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground.
Genesis 4:11 You are placed under a curse and can no longer farm the soil. It has soaked up your brother’s blood, as if it had opened its mouth to receive it when you killed him.
Genesis 4:12 If you try to grow crops, the ground will not help your plants grow. You will not have a home in this land. You will wander from place to place.
Genesis 4:13 And Cain said to the LORD, this punishment is too hard for me to bear.
Genesis 4:14 You are forcing me to leave the land, and I will not be able to be near you or have a home! Now I must wander from place to place, and anyone I meet could kill me.
Genesis 4:15 Then the Lord said to Cain, no, if anyone kills you, I will punish that person seven times as much. Then the Lord put a mark on Cain to show that no one should kill him.
Genesis 4:16 And Cain went away from the LORD’s presence in the land of Nod, which is east of Eden.
Genesis 4:17 Cain and his wife had a son and named him Enoch. Then Cain built a city and named it after his son, Enoch.
Genesis 4:18 Enoch had a son named Irad, who was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael had a son named Methushael, who was the father of Lamech.
Genesis 4:19 Lamech had two wives, Adah and Zillah.
Genesis 4:20 Adah gave birth to Jabal. Jabal was the father of people who live in tents and earn their living by keeping cattle.
Genesis 4:21 His brother was Jubal; Jubal was the father of people who play the harp and flute.
Genesis 4:22 Zillah gave birth to Tubalcain, was the father of people who work with bronze and iron. The sister of Tubalcain was named Naamah.
Genesis 4:23 Lamech said to his wives, Adah and Zillah, listen to me: A man hurt me, so I killed him. I also killed a young man for hitting me.
Genesis 4:24 If seven lives are taken to pay for killing Cain, 77 will be taken if anyone killing Lamech
Genesis 4:25 Adam and Eve made love again and had another son. Eve said, God has given me a son to replace Abel, whom Cain killed. So she named him Seth.
Genesis 4:26 Seth had a son whom he named Enos. At that time people began to pray to the Lord.