Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

创世记 4

该隐和亚伯

1亚当和他妻子夏娃同房,夏娃便怀孕,生了该隐。她说:“耶和华让我得了一个男孩。” 后来,夏娃又生了该隐的弟弟亚伯。长大后,亚伯做了牧羊人,该隐做了农夫。

到了收成的时候,该隐把地里的出产当祭物献给耶和华, 亚伯也把羊群中头生的羊及其最肥美的部分献给耶和华。耶和华悦纳亚伯和他的祭物, 却不悦纳该隐和他的祭物。该隐便非常恼火,面带怒容。 耶和华问该隐:“你为什么恼火?为什么面带怒容? 如果你做得对,难道不会蒙悦纳吗?如果你做得不对,罪就蹲在你的门口要控制你,但你必须制服罪。”

该隐对弟弟亚伯说:“我们去田间吧!”[a]他们在田间的时候,该隐动手打亚伯,把他杀了。

后来,耶和华问该隐:“你弟弟亚伯在哪里?”他说:“我不知道!难道我是弟弟的看护人吗?” 10 耶和华说:“你做了什么事?你弟弟的血从地里向我哭诉。 11 地张开口从你手上接受了你弟弟的血,你在地上必受咒诅。 12 你种地,地却不会再为你长出任何东西,你必在地上四处漂泊。” 13 该隐对耶和华说:“这惩罚太重!我承受不了。 14 今天你把我赶出去,使我不能再见你的面。我在地上四处漂泊,见到我的人都会杀我。” 15 耶和华对他说:“不会的,因为凡杀你的,必遭受七倍的报应。”于是,耶和华在该隐身上留下一个记号,免得见到他的人杀他。 16 该隐离开耶和华,来到伊甸东边的挪得住下来。

该隐的后代

17 该隐和妻子同房,他的妻子就怀孕,生了以诺。该隐建了一座城,用他儿子的名字给这城取名叫以诺。 18 以诺生以拿,以拿生米户雅利,米户雅利生玛土撒利,玛土撒利生拉麦。 19 拉麦娶了两个妻子,一个叫亚大,另一个叫洗拉。 20 亚大生了亚八,亚八是游牧民族的祖先, 21 亚八的弟弟犹八是吹奏乐器之人的鼻祖。 22 洗拉生了土八·该隐,他是打造各种铜铁器具的匠人[b],他的妹妹叫拿玛。

23 一天,拉麦对他的两个妻子说:

“亚大,洗拉,你们听我的声音;
拉麦的妻子啊,侧耳听我的话,
有人伤我,我杀了他,
青年打我,我宰了他。
24 杀该隐的遭受七倍的报应,
杀拉麦的遭受七十七倍的报应。”

塞特和以挪士

25 亚当又与妻子夏娃同房,夏娃生了一个儿子,取名叫塞特,因为她说:“上帝赐我另一个儿子来代替亚伯,因为该隐杀了他。” 26 塞特生了一个儿子,给他取名叫以挪士。那时候,人才开始求告耶和华。

  1. 4:8 我们去田间吧!”参照七十士译本,希伯来文无此句。
  2. 4:22 他是打造各种铜铁器具的匠人”或译“他是铜匠、铁匠的祖先”。

The Message

Genesis 4

1Adam slept with Eve his wife. She conceived and had Cain. She said, “I’ve gotten a man, with God’s help!”

Then she had another baby, Abel. Abel was a herdsman and Cain a farmer.

3-5 Time passed. Cain brought an offering to God from the produce of his farm. Abel also brought an offering, but from the firstborn animals of his herd, choice cuts of meat. God liked Abel and his offering, but Cain and his offering didn’t get his approval. Cain lost his temper and went into a sulk.

6-7 God spoke to Cain: “Why this tantrum? Why the sulking? If you do well, won’t you be accepted? And if you don’t do well, sin is lying in wait for you, ready to pounce; it’s out to get you, you’ve got to master it.”

Cain had words with his brother. They were out in the field; Cain came at Abel his brother and killed him.

God said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?”

He said, “How should I know? Am I his babysitter?”

10-12 God said, “What have you done! The voice of your brother’s blood is calling to me from the ground. From now on you’ll get nothing but curses from this ground; you’ll be driven from this ground that has opened its arms to receive the blood of your murdered brother. You’ll farm this ground, but it will no longer give you its best. You’ll be a homeless wanderer on Earth.”

13-14 Cain said to God, “My punishment is too much. I can’t take it! You’ve thrown me off the land and I can never again face you. I’m a homeless wanderer on Earth and whoever finds me will kill me.”

15 God told him, “No. Anyone who kills Cain will pay for it seven times over.” God put a mark on Cain to protect him so that no one who met him would kill him.

16 Cain left the presence of God and lived in No-Man’s-Land, east of Eden.

17-18 Cain slept with his wife. She conceived and had Enoch. He then built a city and named it after his son, Enoch.

Enoch had Irad,

Irad had Mehujael,

Mehujael had Methushael,

Methushael had Lamech.

19-22 Lamech married two wives, Adah and Zillah. Adah gave birth to Jabal, the ancestor of all who live in tents and herd cattle. His brother’s name was Jubal, the ancestor of all who play the lyre and flute. Zillah gave birth to Tubal-Cain, who worked at the forge making bronze and iron tools. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah.

23-24     Lamech said to his wives,
Adah and Zillah, listen to me;
    you wives of Lamech, hear me out:
I killed a man for wounding me,
    a young man who attacked me.
If Cain is avenged seven times,
    for Lamech it’s seventy-seven!

25-26 Adam slept with his wife again. She had a son whom she named Seth. She said, “God has given me another child in place of Abel whom Cain killed.” And then Seth had a son whom he named Enosh.

That’s when men and women began praying and worshiping in the name of God.