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4 1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, "I have gotten a man with the help of Yahweh." 4 2 And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground. 4 3 In the course of time Cain brought to Yahweh an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 4 and Abel brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And Yahweh had regard for Abel and his offering, 4 5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. 4 6 Yahweh said to Cain, "Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen? 4 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is couching at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it."

4 8 Cain said to Abel his brother, "Let us go out to the field." And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. 4 9 Then Yahweh said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, "I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?" 4 10 And Yahweh said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to me from the ground. 4 11 And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. 4 12 When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength; you shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth." 4 13 Cain said to Yahweh, "My punishment is greater than I can bear. 4 14 Behold, you have driven me this day away from the ground; and from your face I shall be hidden; and I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will slay me." 4 15 Then Yahweh said to him, "Not so! If anyone slays Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold." And Yahweh put a mark on Cain, lest any who came upon him should kill him. 4 16 Then Cain went away from the presence of Yahweh, and dwelt in the land of Nod, east of Eden.


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