1 Now the manI knewII his wifeIII Eve,IV
and she conceivedV and boreVI Cain,VII saying,
“I have producedVIII a manIX with the help of the Lord.”X
2 NextXI she bore his brotherXII Abel.XIII
Now Abel wasXIV a keeperXV of sheep,XVI and Cain a tillerXVII of the ground.XVIII
3 In the courseXIX of timeXX Cain brought to the Lord an offeringXXI of the fruitXXII of the ground,
4 and Abel for his part brought of the firstlingsXXIII of his flock,XXIV their fatXXV portions. And the Lord had regardXXVI for Abel and his offering,
5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry,XXVII and his countenanceXXVIII fell.XXIX
6 The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well,XXX will you not be accepted?XXXI And if you do not do well, sinXXXII is lurkingXXXIII at the door;XXXIV its desireXXXV is for you, but you must masterXXXVI it.”
8 Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out to the field.” And when they were in the field,XXXVII Cain rose upXXXVIII against his brother Abel, and killedXXXIX him.
9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?”XL
10 And the Lord said, “What have you done?XLI Listen;XLII your brother’s bloodXLIII is crying outXLIV to me from the ground!
11 And now you are cursed from the ground, which has openedXLV its mouthXLVI to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.XLVII
12 When you tillXLVIII the ground, it will no longerXLIX yieldL to you its strength;LI
you will be a fugitiveLII and a wandererLIII on the earth.”LIV
13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishmentLV is greaterLVI than I can bear!LVII
14 TodayLVIII you have drivenLIX me away fromLX the soil,LXI and I shall be hiddenLXII from your face;LXIII I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and anyone who meetsLXIV me may kill me.”
15 Then the Lord said to him, “Not so! Whoever kills Cain will suffer a sevenfoldLXV vengeance.”LXVI And the Lord putLXVII a markLXVIII on Cain, so that no one who came uponLXIX him would killLXX him.
16 Then Cain went away from the presenceLXXI of the Lord, and settledLXXII in the landLXXIII of Nod,LXXIV eastLXXV of Eden.LXXVI
17 Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch;LXXVII and he builtLXXVIII a city,LXXIX and namedLXXX it Enoch after his sonLXXXI Enoch.LXXXII
18 To Enoch was born Irad;LXXXIII and Irad was the father ofLXXXIV Mehujael,LXXXV and Mehujael the father of Methushael,LXXXVI and Methushael the father of Lamech.LXXXVII
19 Lamech took twoLXXXVIII wives; the name of the oneLXXXIX was Adah,XC and the name of the otherXCI Zillah.XCII
20 Adah bore Jabal;XCIII he was the ancestorXCIV of those who liveXCV in tentsXCVI and have livestock.XCVII
21 His brother’s name was Jubal;XCVIII he was the ancestor of all those who playXCIX the lyreC and pipe.CI
22 Zillah bore Tubal-cain,CII who madeCIII all kinds of bronzeCIV and ironCV tools.CVI The sisterCVII of Tubal-cain was Naamah.CVIII
23 Lamech said to his wives:
“Adah and Zillah, hearCIX my voice;CX
you wives of Lamech, listen toCXI what I say:CXII
I have killedCXIII a manCXIV for woundingCXV me,
a young manCXVI for strikingCXVII me.
24 If Cain is avengedCXVIII sevenfold,
truly Lamech seventyCXIX-sevenfold.”CXX
25 AdamCXXI knew his wife again, and she bore a son and namedCXXII him Seth,CXXIII for she said,
“GodCXXIV has appointedCXXV for me another childCXXVI instead of Abel, because Cain killedCXXVII him.”
26 To Seth also a son was born, and he namedCXXVIII him Enosh.CXXIX At that time people beganCXXX to invokeCXXXI the name of the Lord.
Image credit: “In the Beginning: Cain & Abel” by adunt, 1972.