Genesis 4

Cain kills his brother Abel
4:1-8

4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

And Adam knew Eve ... and she conceived. [1]

The result was Cain, who became a farmer.

Then came Abel, a shepherd.

4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

Cain brought some of his produce to God.

4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

4:5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

And Abel brought the firslings of his flock, along with some fat.

God respected Abel, but he had no respect for Cain's offering. [2]
Does God desire animal sacrifices?
Does God respect anyone?

Cain was angry and looked sad.

4:6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

God said to Cain,

Why are you angry? And why do you look sad?

If you do well, you'll be accepted. If not, sin will lie at your door. He'll desire you, and you'll rule over him. (Or something like that.)

4:8 And Cain talked with 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.

Cain talked to Abel about it. Then he killed him. [3]

The life of Cain
4:9-18

4:9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?

God said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?"

Cain answered, "I don't know. Am I my brother's keeper?" [4]

4:10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.

4:11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;

4:12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

God said,

What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out from the ground.

Now you are cursed. You won't be as succssful a farmer as you would have been.

And you'll be a fugative and a vagabond. [5]
What became of Cain?

4:13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

4:14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
Cain said,

My punishment is more than I can bear.

You have driven off the face of the earth. I will be hidden from your face.
Does God know and see everything?

I will be a fugitive and a vagobond, and whoever finds me will kill me. [6]

4:15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

God said to Cain, "Whoever kills you will suffer a seven-fold vengeance."
Does God approve of capital punishment?

God put a mark on Cain, so that whoever found him wouldn't kill him. (Good idea.) [7]
The mark of Cain

4:16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

Cain went where God isn't present: the land of Nod, east of Eden. Does God know everything?

4:17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.

4:18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.

And Cain knew his wife. [8]
Lamech, a bigamist and a murderer
4:19-24

4:19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

4:20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.

4:21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

4:22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

And Lamech took him two wives.

Lamech is the first of a long line of biblical men with more than one wife.
Is polygamy OK?
What the Bible says about polygamy

4:23 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 to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.

4:24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

Lamech said to his two wives,

I have killed a man.

If Cain will be avenged sevenfold, then I'll be avenged 49-fold.

Adam and Eve have another boy: Seth
4:25-27

4:25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

Adam had sex again with Eve, and Eve had another son, whose name was Seth.

4:26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

And to Seth ... was born a son.
Where'd he find his wife?