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。

Footnotes

  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”。

New Living Translation

Genesis 4

Cain and Abel

1Now Adam[a] had sexual relations with his wife, Eve, and she became pregnant. When she gave birth to Cain, she said, “With the Lord’s help, I have produced[b] a man!” Later she gave birth to his brother and named him Abel.

When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the ground. When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected.

“Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”

One day Cain suggested to his brother, “Let’s go out into the fields.”[c] And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him.

Afterward the Lord asked Cain, “Where is your brother? Where is Abel?”

“I don’t know,” Cain responded. “Am I my brother’s guardian?”

10 But the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground! 11 Now you are cursed and banished from the ground, which has swallowed your brother’s blood. 12 No longer will the ground yield good crops for you, no matter how hard you work! From now on you will be a homeless wanderer on the earth.”

13 Cain replied to the Lord, “My punishment[d] is too great for me to bear! 14 You have banished me from the land and from your presence; you have made me a homeless wanderer. Anyone who finds me will kill me!”

15 The Lord replied, “No, for I will give a sevenfold punishment to anyone who kills you.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain to warn anyone who might try to kill him. 16 So Cain left the Lord’s presence and settled in the land of Nod,[e] east of Eden.

The Descendants of Cain

17 Cain had sexual relations with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Then Cain founded a city, which he named Enoch, after his son. 18 Enoch had a son named Irad. Irad became the father of[f] Mehujael. Mehujael became the father of Methushael. Methushael became the father of Lamech.

19 Lamech married two women. The first was named Adah, and the second was Zillah. 20 Adah gave birth to Jabal, who was the first of those who raise livestock and live in tents. 21 His brother’s name was Jubal, the first of all who play the harp and flute. 22 Lamech’s other wife, Zillah, gave birth to a son named Tubal-cain. He became an expert in forging tools of bronze and iron. Tubal-cain had a sister named Naamah. 23 One day Lamech said to his wives,

“Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;
    listen to me, you wives of Lamech.
I have killed a man who attacked me,
    a young man who wounded me.
24 If someone who kills Cain is punished seven times,
    then the one who kills me will be punished seventy-seven times!”

The Birth of Seth

25 Adam had sexual relations with his wife again, and she gave birth to another son. She named him Seth,[g] for she said, “God has granted me another son in place of Abel, whom Cain killed.” 26 When Seth grew up, he had a son and named him Enosh. At that time people first began to worship the Lord by name.

Footnotes

  1. 4:1a Or the man; also in 4:25.
  2. 4:1b Or I have acquired. Cain sounds like a Hebrew term that can mean “produce” or “acquire.”
  3. 4:8 As in Samaritan Pentateuch, Greek and Syriac versions, and Latin Vulgate; Masoretic Text lacks “Let’s go out into the fields.”
  4. 4:13 Or My sin.
  5. 4:16 Nod means “wandering.”
  6. 4:18 Or the ancestor of, and so throughout the verse.
  7. 4:25 Seth probably means “granted”; the name may also mean “appointed.”