Cain and Abel

The man had intercourse with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth
to Cain. “I have acquired a man with the help of Yahweh”a she said. She gave
birth to a second child, Abel, the brother of Cain. Now Abel became a shepherd
and kept flocks, while Cain tilled the soil. Time passed and Cain brought some
of the produce of the soil as an offering for Yahweh, while Abel for his part
brought the first-born of his flock and some of their fat as well. Yahweh looked
with favor on Abel and his offering. But he did not look with favor on Cain
and his offering, and Cain was very angry and downcast. Yahweh asked
Cain, “Why are you angry and downcast? If you are well disposed, ought you
not to lift up your head? But if you are ill disposed, is not sin at the door like
a crouching beast hungering for you, which you must master?” Cain said to
his brother Abel, “Let us go out”; and while they were in the open country,
Cain set on his brother Abel and killed him.
Yahweh asked Cain, “Where is vour brother Abel?” “I do not know,” he
replied. “Am I my brother’s guardian?” “What have you done?” Yahweh
asked. “Listen to the sound of your brother’s blood, crying out to me from the
ground. Now be accursed and driven from the ground that has opened its
mouth to receive your brother’s blood at your hands. When you till the ground
it shall no longer yield you any of its produce. You shall be a fugitive and a
wanderer over the earth.” Then Cain said to Yahweh, “My punishment is
greater than I can bear. See! Today you drive me from this ground. I must
hide from you, and be a fugitive and a wanderer over the earth. Why, whoever
comes across me will kill me!” “Very well, then,” Yahweh replied, “if anyone
kills Cain, sevenfold vengeance shall be taken for him.” So Yahweh put a mark
on Cain, to prevent whoever might come across him from striking him down.
Cain left the presence of Yahweh and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

Genesis 4:1-16


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