Let thy words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:2
3-5 Cain brought some of his produce to God. And Abel brought the firstlings of his flock, along with some fat. God respected Abel, but he had no respect for Cain's offering. Cain was angry and looked sad.
8 Cain talked to Abel about it as they walked together in the field. Then he killed him.
9 God said to Cain, "Where's your brother Abel?" Cain answered, "I don't know. Am I my brother's keeper?"
10-12 God said to him, "What have you done? Your brother's blood cries out from the ground. Now you are cursed. You won't be as successful a farmer as you would have been. And you'll be a fugitive and a vagabond."
13 Cain said,
My punishment is more than I can bear.
14 I'll be a fugitive and a vagabond, and whoever finds me will kill me.
15 God said to Cain, "Whoever kills you will suffer a seven-fold vengeance."
God put a mark on Cain, so that whoever found him wouldn't kill him.
16 Cain went where God isn't present: the land of Nod, east of Eden. 17 And Cain knew his wife, and she had a son named Enoch. Cain built a city and named it Enoch after his son. 18 Enoch had a son named Irad, who had a son named Mehujael, who had a son named Methusael, who had a son named Lamech.
5 1This is the book of Adam's family.
2 God made male and female humans. He called their name Adam.
3 When Adam was 130 years old he had a son that looked like him. He called him Seth.
4 Sometime in the next 800 years, Adam begat some daughters.
5 Adam died when he was 930 years old.
21 Enoch was 65 years old when his son Methuselah was born. 22 In the next 300 years he walked with God and had other sons and daughters. 23 When he was 365 he quit walking with God, 24 because God took him.
32 Noah was 500 years old when he had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
3 God shortened the human lifespan to 120 years because humans are flesh, and he was tired of fighting with them.
4 When the sons of God had sex with the daughters of men, they produced a race of giants, which were the mighty men of old.
5-6 God saw that humans were wicked, and he regretted making them.
7 He said, "I'm going to kill every living thing I have created, for I regret that I made them."
8-9 Except for Noah, that is. Because Noah was a just and perfect man, who walked with God.
13 God said to Noah,
I'm going to destroy the earth because the earth is filled with violence.
14 Make an ark of gopher wood: 137 meters long, 23 meters wide, and 14 meters tall.
15-16 It will have three decks, with a 46 cm wide window, and a door in the side.
17 I'm going to kill everything that breathes in a flood. Everything on earth will die.
18 Except for you and your sons and your sons' wives, who will be in the ark. 19 And two of every living thing, which you will bring into the ark, one male and one female. 20 Bring birds, cattle, and creeping things onto the ark, two of each kind. 21 And take enough food to feed your family and all the animals.
22 Noah followed all of God's instructions about the ark.
7 1God said to Noah, It's time for you and your family to get on the ark. You're the only righteous person in this generation. 2-3 Take seven of each clean beast and fowl, and two of each unclean, male and female. 4 I'll make it rain for forty days and nights and destroy every living thing on earth. 5 Noah did what God told him to do. 6 He was 600 years old when the flood began. 8-9 He took two of every beast, fowl, and creeping thing onto the ark. 10 And after seven days, the flood began.
8 1-2 God remembered Noah and ended the flood by closing the fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven. 4 The ark landed on the mountains of Ararat and Noah, his family, and the animals left the ark.
20 Noah sacrificed all the clean beasts for God. 21 God smelled a sweet savor from Noah's sacrifice, and said, I won't curse the ground anymore because of things humans do. Because human imaginations are evil from their youth. And I won't kill every living thing like I just did. 22 As long as the earth exists, planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will also exist.
Correction: At about 1:50 in the podcast, I said, "He [God] liked [Cain's] animal sacrifice better than Abel's veggies." But I got that backwards. God liked Abel's animal sacrifice more than Cain's veggies.
Altough there is nothing in the text of Genesis 4:15 that suggests that the mark of Cain in involved a change in skin color, it was commonly believed in the 18th and 19th centuries that God cursed Cain with dark skin, and this was often used to justify racism and slavery.
This interpretation is made explicit, however, in the Mormon scriptures, which says "the seed of Cain were black" in Moses 7:22 of the Pearl of Great Price.
But if the mark of Cain was a black skin and it was passed on to his descendants, then how could there be black people today, since only Noah (who was a descendant of Shem) and his family survied the flood? Well, the Mormon Scriptures have the answer to that too.
According to Abraham 1:21-25 in the Pearl of Great Price, Ham (one of Noah's sons) married a woman named Egyptus who was a descendant of Cain. And so the seed of Cain (and black skin) was preserved through the flood.
Lamech is the first of a long line of biblical men with more than one wife.
Were they all with the same (nameless) wife?
Were gestation periods shorter back then?
Were they triplets, perhaps?
Did Noah and Mrs. Noah every have any daughters? (If so, why didn't Noah let them on the ark?)
The whole thing upset God so much that he reduced the human lifespan to 120 years (v.3) and decided to kill everything on earth (v.7).