New International Version

Genesis 4:1-26

Cain and Abel

1Adam4:1 Or The man made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.4:1 Cain sounds like the Hebrew for brought forth or acquired. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth4:1 Or have acquired a man.” 2Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4And 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, 5but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

6Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7If 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.”

8Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”4:8 Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Masoretic Text does not have “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

9Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

10The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”

13Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”

15But the Lord said to him, “Not so4:15 Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Hebrew Very well; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod,4:16 Nod means wandering (see verses 12 and 14). east of Eden.

17Cain made love to his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch. 18To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.

19Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah. 20Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. 21His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes. 22Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of4:22 Or who instructed all who work in bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah.

23Lamech said to his wives,

“Adah and Zillah, listen to me;

wives of Lamech, hear my words.

I have killed a man for wounding me,

a young man for injuring me.

24If Cain is avenged seven times,

then Lamech seventy-seven times.”

25Adam made love to his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth,4:25 Seth probably means granted. saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.” 26Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh.

At that time people began to call on4:26 Or to proclaim the name of the Lord.

Kiswahili Contemporary Version (Neno: Bibilia Takatifu)

Mwanzo 4:1-26

Kaini Na Abeli

14:1 Mwa 2:20; Ebr 11:4; 1Yn 3:12; Yud 11Adamu akakutana kimwili na mkewe Eva, naye akapata mimba, akamzaa Kaini. Eva akasema, “Kwa msaada wa Bwana nimemzaa mwanaume.” 24:2 Mt 23:35; Lk 11:51; Ebr 11:4; 12:24; Mwa 2:7Baadaye akamzaa Abeli ndugu yake.

Basi Abeli akawa mfugaji, na Kaini akawa mkulima. 34:3 Law 2:1-2; Isa 43:23; Yer 41:5; Hes 18:12Baada ya muda Kaini akaleta baadhi ya mazao ya shamba kama sadaka kwa Bwana. 44:4 Law 3:16; 2Nya 29:35; Kut 13:2, 12; Kum 15:19; Ebr 11:4Lakini Abeli akaleta fungu nono kutoka baadhi ya wazaliwa wa kwanza wa mifugo yake. Bwana akamkubali Abeli pamoja na sadaka yake, 5lakini Mungu hakumkubali Kaini pamoja na sadaka yake. Kwa hiyo Kaini akakasirika sana, uso wake ukawa na huzuni.

6Kisha Bwana akamwambia Kaini, “Kwa nini umekasirika? Kwa nini uso wako una huzuni? 74:7 Mwa 44:16; Hes 32:23; Isa 59:12; Ay 11:15; 22:27; Za 27:3; 46:2; Rum 6:16Ukifanya lililo sawa, je, hutakubalika? Lakini usipofanya lililo sawa, dhambi inakuvizia mlangoni mwako, inakutamani wewe, lakini inakupasa uishinde.”

84:8 Mt 23:35; Lk 11:51; 1Yn 3:12; Yud 11Basi Kaini akamwambia ndugu yake Abeli, “Twende shambani.” Walipokuwa shambani, Kaini akamshambulia Abeli ndugu yake, akamuua.

94:9 Mwa 3:9; Yn 8:44Kisha Bwana akamuuliza Kaini, “Ndugu yako Abeli yuko wapi?”

Akamjibu, “Sijui, je, mimi ni mlinzi wa ndugu yangu?”

104:10 Mwa 9:5; 37:20, 26; Kut 21:12; Hes 35:33; Kum 21:7-9; 2Sam 4:11; Ay 16:18; 24:2; 31:38; Za 9:12; 106:38; Ebr 12:24; Ufu 6:9-10Bwana akasema, “Umefanya nini? Sikiliza! Damu ya ndugu yako inanililia mimi kutoka ardhini. 114:11 Kum 11:28; 2Fal 2:24Sasa umelaaniwa na umehamishwa kutoka ardhi, ambayo imefungua kinywa chake na kupokea damu ya ndugu yako kutoka mkononi mwako. 124:12 Kum 28:15-24; Za 37:25; 59:15; 109:10Utakapoilima ardhi, haitakupa tena mazao yake. Utakuwa mtu wa kutangatanga duniani asiye na utulivu.”

13Kaini akamwambia Bwana, “Adhabu yangu ni zaidi ya niwezavyo kustahimili. 144:14 2Fal 17:18; Za 51:11; 139:7-12; Yer 7:15; 52:3; Kum 28:64-67; Mwa 9:6; Kut 21:12-14; Law 24:17; Hes 35:19-21, 27; 1Fal 2:32; 2Fal 11:16Leo unanifukuza kutoka nchi, nami nitafichwa mbali na uwepo wako. Nitakuwa mtu wa kutangatanga asiyetulia duniani na yeyote anionaye ataniua.”

154:15 Eze 9:4, 6; Kut 21:20; Law 26:21; Za 79:12Lakini Bwana akamwambia, “La sivyo, ikiwa mtu yeyote atamuua Kaini atalipizwa kisasi mara saba zaidi.” Kisha Bwana akamwekea Kaini alama ili mtu yeyote ambaye angemwona asimuue. 164:16 Yud 11; Mwa 2:8Kwa hiyo Kaini akaondoka mbele za Bwana akaenda kuishi katika nchi ya Nodi, iliyoko mashariki ya Edeni.

174:17 Za 55:9; 49:11Kaini akakutana kimwili na mkewe, naye akapata mimba na akamzaa Enoki. Wakati huo Kaini alikuwa anajenga mji, akauita Enoki jina la mtoto wake. 18Enoki akamzaa Iradi, Iradi akamzaa Mehuyaeli, Mehuyaeli akamzaa Methushaeli, na Methushaeli akamzaa Lameki.

194:19 Mwa 2:9; 29:28; Kum 21:15; Rut 4:11; 1Sam 1:2Lameki alioa wanawake wawili, mmoja aliitwa Ada, na mwingine Sila. 20Ada akamzaa Yabali ambaye ni baba wa wale walioishi katika mahema na kufuga wanyama. 214:21 Mwa 31:27; Kut 15:20; 1Sam 16:16; 1Nya 25:3; Za 33:2; 43:4; 150:4; Isa 16:11; Dan 3:5; Ay 21:12; 30:31Kaka yake aliitwa Yubali, aliyekuwa baba wa wote wapigao zeze na filimbi. 224:22 Kut 35:35; 1Sam 13:19; 2Fal 24:14Pia Sila alikuwa na mtoto wa kiume aliyeitwa Tubali-Kaini ambaye alifua vifaa vya aina mbalimbali vya shaba na chuma. Naama alikuwa dada wa Tubali-Kaini.

234:23 Mwa 9:6-9; Kut 20:13; 21:12; 23:7; Law 19:18; 24:17; Kum 27:24Lameki akawaambia wake zake,

“Ada na Sila nisikilizeni mimi;

wake wa Lameki sikieni maneno yangu.

Nimemuua mtu kwa kunijeruhi,

kijana mdogo kwa kuniumiza.

244:24 Kum 32:35; 2Fal 9:7; Za 18:47; Isa 35:4; Yer 51:56; Mt 18:22; Nah 1:2Kama Kaini atalipizwa kisasi mara saba,

basi Lameki itakuwa mara sabini na saba.”

254:25 Mwa 5:3; 1Nya 1:1Adamu akakutana kimwili na mke wake tena, akamzaa mwana, akamwita Sethi, akisema, “Mungu amenijalia mwana mwingine badala ya Abeli, kwa kuwa Kaini alimuua.” 264:26 Mwa 5:3; 12:8; 13:4; 21:33; 22:9; 26:25; 33:20; Lk 3:38; Kut 17:15; Sef 3:9; 1Fal 18:24; Za 116:17; Yoe 2:32; Mdo 2:21Naye Sethi akamzaa mwana, akamwita Enoshi.

Wakati huo watu wakaanza kuliitia jina la Bwana.