Genesis 4:1-7 New International Version

Cain and Abel

4 1  Adam[1] made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.[2] She said, "With the help of the Lord I have brought forth[3] a man." 2  Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.

3  In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4  And Abel also brought an offering-fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5  but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

6  Then the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7  If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it."


[1] 4:1 Or "The man"

[2] 4:1 "Cain" sounds like the Hebrew for "brought forth" or "acquired."

[3] 4:1 Or "have acquired"

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