The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 4:17–24

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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.”