Genesis Chapter 4
(Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 The birth, trade, and religion of Cain and Abel. 8 The murder of Abel. 9 The curse of Cain. 17 Enoch the first citie. 19 Lamech and his two wiues. 25 The birth of Seth, 26 and Enos.
And Adam knew Eue his wife, and shee conceiued, and bare Cain, and said, I haue gotten a man from the LORD.
And she againe bare his brother Abel, and Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.2
And in processe of time it came to passe, that Cain brought of the fruite of the ground, an offering vnto the LORD.3
And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flocke, and of the fat thereof: and the LORD had respect vnto Abel, and to his offering.4
But vnto Cain, and to his offring he had not respect: and Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
And the LORD said vnto Cain, Why art thou wroth? And why is thy countenance fallen?
If thou doe well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sinne lieth at the doore: And vnto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule ouer him.7
And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to passe when they were in the field, that Cain rose vp against Abel his brother, and slew him.8
¶ And the LORD said vnto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And hee said, I know not: Am I my brothers keeper?
And he said, What hast thou done? the voyce of thy brothers blood cryeth vnto me, from the ground.10
And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receiue thy brothers blood from thy hand.
When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yeeld vnto thee her strength: A fugitiue and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
And Cain said vnto the LORD, My punishment is greater, then I can beare.13
Behold, thou hast driuen me out this day from the face of the earth, and from thy face shall I be hid, and I shall be a fugitiue, and a vagabond in the earth: and it shall come to passe, that euery one that findeth me, shall slay me.
And the LORD said vnto him, Therefore whosoeuer slayeth Cain, vengeance shalbe taken on him seuen fold. And the LORD set a marke vpon Cain, lest any finding him, should kill him.
¶ And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the East of Eden.
The genealogie of the Patriarchs, &c.
And Cain knew his wife, and she conceiued and bare Enoch, and hee builded a City, and called the name of the City, after the name of his sonne, Enoch.17
And vnto Enoch was borne Irad: and Irad begate Mehuiael, and Mehuiael begate Methusael, and Methusael begate Lamech.18
¶ And Lamech tooke vnto him two wiues: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
And Adah bare Iabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as haue cattell.
And his brothers name was Iubal: hee was the father of all such as handle the harpe and organ.
And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-Cain, an instructer of euery artificer in brasse and iron: and the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.22
And Lamech sayd vnto his wiues, Adah and Zillah, Heare my voyce, yee wiues of Lamech, hearken vnto my speech: for I haue slaine a man to my wounding, and a yong man to my hurt.23
If Cain shall bee auenged seuen fold, truely Lamech seuenty and seuen folde.
¶ And Adam knew his wife againe, and she bare a sonne, & called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed mee another seed in stead of Abel, whom Cain slew.25
And to Seth, to him also there was borne a sonne, and he called his name Enos: then began men to call vpon the Name of the LORD.26
Genesis Chapter 4 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
2 Heb. Hebel. , Heb. a feeder.
3 Heb. at the end of dayes.
4 Heb. sheep, or goates. , Heb.11.4
7 Or, haue the excellencie? , Or, subiect vnto thee.
8 Wis.10.3 matth.23. 35. 1. iohn 3. 12. iude 11.
10 Heb. bloods
13 Or, my iniquitie is greater, then that it may be forgiuen.
17 Heb. Chanoch.
18 Hebr. Lemech.
22 Heb. whetter.
23 Or, I would slay a man in my wound, &c. , Or, in my hurt.
25 Hebr. Sheth.
26 Hebr. Enosh. , Or, to call themselues by the Name of the Lord.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania