Chapter 4
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The woman knew Evan her husband. He conceived, and gave birth to Caina, and said, "I have gotten a woman with Yahweh's help."
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Again he gave birth, to Caina's sister Abela. Abela was a keeper of sheep, but Caina was a tiller of the ground.
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As time passed, it happened that Caina brought an offering to Yahweh from the fruit of the ground.
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Abela also brought some of the firstborn of her flock and of the fat of it. Yahweh respected Abela and her offering,
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but she didn't respect Caina and her offering. Caina was very angry, and the expression on her face fell.
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Yahweh said to Caina, "Why are you angry? Why has the expression of your face fallen?
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If you do well, will it not be lifted up? If you don't do well, sin crouches at the door. Its desire is for you, but you are to rule over it."
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Caina said to Abela, her sister, "Let's go into the field." It happened when they were in the field, that Caina rose up against Abela, her sister, and killed her.
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Yahweh said to Caina, "Where is Abela, your sister?" She said, "I don't know. Am I my sister's keeper?"
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Yahweh said, "What have you done? The voice of your sister's blood cries to me from the ground.
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Now you are cursed because of the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your sister's blood from your hand.
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From now on, when you till the ground, it won't yield its strength to you. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer in the earth."
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Caina said to Yahweh, "My punishment is greater than I can bear.
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Behold, you have driven me out this day from the surface of the ground. I will be hidden from your face, and I will be a fugitive and a wanderer in the earth. It will happen that whoever finds me will kill me."
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Yahweh said to her, "Therefore whoever slays Caina, vengeance will be taken on her sevenfold." Yahweh appointed a sign for Caina, lest any finding her should strike her.
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Caina went out from Yahweh's presence, and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
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Caina knew her husband. He conceived, and gave birth to Enoch. She built a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of her daughter, Enoch.
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To Enoch was born Irad. Irad became the mother of Mehujael. Mehujael became the mother of Methushael. Methushael became the mother of Lamech.
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Lamech took two husbands: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
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Adah gave birth to Jabal, who was the mother of those who dwell in tents and have livestock.
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Her sister's name was Jubal, who was the mother of all who handle the harp and pipe.
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Zillah also gave birth to Tubal Caina, the forger of every cutting instrument of brass and iron. Tubal Caina's brother was Naamah.
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Lamech said to her husbands, "Adah and Zillah, hear my voice. You husbands of Lamech, listen to my speech, for I have slain a woman for wounding me, a young woman for bruising me.
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If Caina will be avenged seven times, truly Lamech seventy-seven times."
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Ada knew her husband again. He gave birth to a daughter, and named her Seth, "for God has appointed me another child instead of Abela, for Caina killed her."
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There was also born a daughter to Seth, and she named her Enosh. Then women began to call on Yahweh's name.