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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Genesis 4:1-26

4*  And the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and had a son Cain, and said “I have framed a man along with Jehovah.” 2  And then she had another son, his brother Abel. And Abel became a herder of sheep and goats, and Cain a cultivator of the soil. 3  And after a while Cain brought an offering to Jehovah out of the fruits of the soil, 4  and Abel too brought some of the firstborn young of his flocks and the fat pieces. And Jehovah noticed Abel and his offering, 5*  but he had not noticed Cain and his offering; and Cain was very angry, and his face grew glum. 6*  And Jehovah said to Cain “What are you angry for, and why is your face glum? 7*  If you do right does it not come up? and if not, sin lies outstretched at the door, and its impulse is toward you, but you are to rule over it.” 8  And Cain said to his brother Abel “Let us go out on the range”; and when they were out on the range Cain stood up against his brother Abel and killed him. 9  And Jehovah said to Cain “Where is your brother Abel?” and he said “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” 10  And he said “What have you done? I hear your brother’s blood crying out to me from the soil. 11  And now you are cursed off from the soil which has opened her mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hands: 12  when you cultivate the soil it shall no longer give you its strength; you shall be a rover and roamer in the earth.” 13  And Cain said to Jehovah “My sentence is too great to bear. 14  Here you have banished me off the soil, and I shall be out of sight of your face and be a rover and roamer in the earth, and whenever anyone finds me he will kill me.” 15*  And Jehovah said to him “Then whenever anyone kills Cain it shall be avenged seven times over”; and Jehovah marked a token on Cain that whenever anyone found him he might not kill him. 16  And Cain went out from Jehovah’s presence and lived in the country of Nod, east of ʽEden. 17  And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and had a son Enoc. And he became a city-builder, and named the city for his son, Enoc. 18  And to Enoc was born a son ʽIrad; and ʽIrad had a son Mehujael, and Mehujael a son Methushael, and Methushael a son Lemec. 19  And Lemec took two wives, the first named ʽAdah and the second named Sillah; 20  and ʽAdah had a son Jabal—he was father of those who live in tents and with stock; 21  and his brother’s name was Jubal—he was father of all who handle lyre and pipe. 22*  And Sillah too had a son, Tubal-Cain, pioneer of all who work in bronze and iron; and Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naʽamah. 23  And Lemec said to his wives “ʽAdah and Sillah, listen to my voice; wives of Lemec, give ear to my say; For I have killed a man for my scratch, a child for my bruise, 24  Because Cain is avenged seven times over and Lemec seventy-seven.” 25  And the man knew his wife again, and she had a son and named him Sheth “because God has set me another issue in place of Abel, because Cain killed him.” 26  And Sheth too had a son born to him, and named him Enosh; it was he who began invoking the name of Jehovah.


4:1 The name Cain appears to be from the verb to frame
4:5 Lit. his face fell
4:6 Lit. why is your face fallen
4:7 (come up) Unc.; susp.
4:15 Or instituted a token for
4:22 Lit. forger of all Susp.