The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 4:1–26

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And the man knew Eve his wife; and she conceived and bore Cain, and said: 'I have gotten a man with the help of YHWH.'

And Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and brought forth Cain and said, I have gained a man through God.

Truly, Adam knew his wife Eve, who conceived and gave birth to Cain, saying, “I have obtained a man through God.”

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And again she bore his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

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And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto YHWH.

And it was so after some time that Cain brought of the fruits of the earth a sacrifice to the Lord.

Then it happened, after many days, that Cain offered gifts to the Lord, from the fruits of the earth.

And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And YHWH had respect unto Abel and to his offering;

And Abel also brought of the first born of his sheep and of his fatlings, and God looked upon Abel and his gifts,

Abel likewise offered from the firstborn of his flock, and from their fat. And the Lord looked with favor on Abel and his gifts.

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but unto Cain and to his offering He had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

but Cain and his sacrifices he regarded not, and Cain was exceedingly sorrowful and his countenance fell.

But with Cain and with his offering he was not pleased. So Cain was exceedingly displeased, and his countenance was sad.

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And YHWH said unto Cain: 'Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

And the Lord God said to Cain, Why art thou become very sorrowful and why is thy countenance fallen?

And the Lord said to him: “Why are you angry? And why is your face fallen?

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If thou doest well, shall it not be lifted up? and if thou doest not well, sin coucheth at the door; and unto thee is its desire, but thou mayest rule over it.'

If you behave well, will you not receive? But if you behave badly, will not sin at once be present at the door? And so its desire will be within you, and you will be dominated by it.”

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And Cain spoke unto 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.

And Cain said to Abel his brother, Let us go out into the plain; and it came to pass that when they were in the plain Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

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And YHWH said unto Cain: 'Where is Abel thy brother?' And he said: 'I know not; am I my brother's keeper?'

And the Lord God said to Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? and he said, I know not, am I my brother’s keeper?

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10  And He said: 'What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto Me from the ground.

10  And the LORD said, What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries to me from the ground.

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11  And now cursed art thou from the ground, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand.

11  Now, therefore, you will be cursed upon the land, which opened its mouth and received the blood of your brother at your hand.

11  And from henceforth, you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand;

12  When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a wanderer shalt thou be in the earth.'

12  When you work it, it will not give you its fruit; a vagrant and a fugitive shall you be upon the land.”

12  When you till the ground, it shall no more yield to you its strength; a fugitive and a wanderer shall you be on the earth.

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13  And Cain said unto YHWH: 'My punishment is greater than I can bear.

13  And Cain said to the Lord God, My crime is too great for me to be forgiven.

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14  Behold, Thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the land; and from Thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer in the earth; and it will come to pass, that whosoever findeth me will slay me.'

14  If thou castest me out this day from the face of the earth, and I shall be hidden from thy presence, and I shall be groaning and trembling upon the earth, then it will be that any one that finds me shall slay me.

14  Behold, you have cast me out this day before the face of the earth, and from your face I will be hidden; and I will be a vagrant and a fugitive on the earth. Therefore, anyone who finds me will kill me.”

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15  And YHWH said unto him: 'Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.' And the YHWH set a sign for Cain, lest any finding him should smite him.

15  And the Lord God said to him, Not so, any one that slays Cain shall suffer seven-fold vengeance; and the Lord God set a mark upon Cain that no one that found him might slay him.

15  And the Lord said to him: “By no means will it be so; rather, whoever would kill Cain, will be punished sevenfold.” And the Lord placed a seal upon Cain, so that anyone who found him would not put him to death.

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

16  So Cain went forth from the presence of God and dwelt in the land of Nod over against Edem.

16  And so Cain, departing from the face of the Lord, lived as a fugitive on the earth, toward the eastern region of Eden.

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17  And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bore Enoch; and he builded a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son Enoch.

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18  And unto Enoch was born Irad; and Irad begot Mehujael; and Mehujael begot Methushael; and Methushael begot Lamech.

18  And to Enoch was born Gaidad; and Gaidad begot Maleleel; and Maleleel begot Mathusala; and Mathusala begot Lamech.

18  Thereafter, Enoch conceived Irad, and Irad conceived Mahujael, and Mahujael conceived Mathusael, and Mathusael conceived Lamech.

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19  And Lamech took unto him two wives; the name of one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

19  Lamech took two wives: the name of one was Adah, and the name of the other was Zillah.

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20  And Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of such as dwell in tents and have cattle.

20  And Ada bore Jobel; he was the father of those that dwell in tents, feeding cattle.

20  And Adah conceived Jabel, who was the father of those who live in tents and are shepherds.

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21  And his brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all such as handle the harp and pipe.

21  And the name of his brother was Jubal; he it was who invented the psaltery and harp.

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22  And Zillah, she also bore Tubal-cain, the forger of every cutting instrument of brass and iron; and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.

22  Zillah also conceived Tubalcain, who was a hammerer and artisan in every work of brass and iron. In fact, the sister of Tubalcain was Noema.

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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 for wounding me, and a young man for bruising me;

23  And Lamech said to his wives, Ada and Sella, Hear my voice, ye wives of Lamech, consider my words, because I have slain a man to my sorrow and a youth to my grief.

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24  If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

24  Because vengeance has been exacted seven times on Cain’s behalf, on Lamech’s it shall be seventy times seven.

24  Sevenfold vengeance will be given for Cain, but for Lamech, seventy-seven times.”

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25  And Adam knew his wife again; and she bore a son, and called his name Seth: 'for God hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel; for Cain slew him.'

25  And Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore a son, and called his name Seth, saying, For God has raised up to me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

25  Adam also knew his wife again, and she gave birth to a son, and she called his name Seth, saying, “God has given me another offspring, in place of Abel, whom Cain killed.”

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

26  And Seth had a son, and he called his name Enos: he hoped to call on the name of the Lord God.

26  But to Seth also was born a son, whom he called Enos. This one began to invoke the name of the Lord.