New International Reader’s Version

Genesis 4:1-26

Cain and Abel

1Adam loved his wife Eve and slept with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the Lord’s help I have had a baby boy.” 2Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

Abel took care of sheep. Cain farmed the land. 3After some time, Cain gathered some things he had grown. He brought them as an offering to the Lord. 4And Abel also brought an offering. He brought the fattest parts of some animals from his flock. They were the first animals born to their mothers. The Lord was pleased with Abel and his offering. 5But he wasn’t pleased with Cain and his offering. So Cain became very angry, and his face was sad.

6Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why are you looking so sad? 7Do what is right and then you will be accepted. If you don’t do what is right, sin is waiting at your door to grab you. It desires to control you. But you must rule over it.”

8Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” So they went out. There Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

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

“I don’t know,” Cain replied. “Am I supposed to take care of my brother?”

10The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground. 11So I am putting a curse on you. I am driving you away from this ground. It has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12When you farm the land, it will not produce its crops for you anymore. You will be a restless person who wanders around on the earth.”

13Cain said to the Lord, “You are punishing me more than I can take. 14Today you are driving me away from the land. I will be hidden from you. I’ll be a restless person who wanders around on the earth. Anyone who finds me will kill me.”

15But the Lord said to him, “No. Anyone who kills you will be paid back seven times.” The Lord put a mark on Cain. Then anyone who found him wouldn’t kill him. 16So Cain went away from the Lord. He lived in the land of Nod. It was east of Eden.

17Cain loved his wife and slept with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. At that time Cain was building a city. He named it after his son Enoch. 18Enoch had a son named Irad. Irad was the father of Mehujael. Mehujael was the father of Methushael. And Methushael was the father of Lamech.

19Lamech married two women. One was named Adah, and the other was named Zillah. 20Adah gave birth to Jabal. He was the father of people who live in tents and raise livestock. 21His brother’s name was Jubal. He was the father of everyone who plays stringed instruments and wind instruments. 22Zillah also had a son. His name was Tubal-Cain. He made all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah.

23Lamech said to his wives,

“Adah and Zillah, listen to me!

You wives of Lamech, hear my words!

I have killed a man because he wounded me.

I have killed a young man because he hurt me.

24Anyone who would have killed Cain would have been paid back seven times.

But anyone who hurts me will be paid back 77 times.”

25Adam slept with his wife again. She gave birth to a son and named him Seth. She said, “God has given me another child. He will take the place of Abel, because Cain killed him.” 26Seth also had a son and named him Enosh.

Then people began to call on the name of the Lord.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 4:1-26

Kain Ne Habel Afɔrebɔ

1Afei, Adam de ne ho kaa ne yere Hawa ma ɔnyinsɛne woo abarimaa a wɔfrɛ no Kain. Na ɔkaa sɛ, Awurade adaworoma, mawo ɔbabarima. 2Akyire no, ɔsane woo nʼakyiri ɔbabarima too no edin Habel.

Na Habel bɛyɛɛ odwanhwɛfoɔ, ɛnna Kain nso bɛyɛɛ okuafoɔ. 3Nna bi akyiri, Kain de nʼafuom nnɔbaeɛ bi kɔbɔɔ Awurade afɔdeɛ. 4Habel nso de ne nyɛmmoa no mu mmakan a wɔadɔre sradeɛ kɔbɔɔ Onyankopɔn afɔdeɛ. Awurade ani sɔɔ Habel afɔrebɔdeɛ no. 5Nanso Kain afɔrebɔdeɛ no deɛ, nʼani ansɔ. Asɛm no anyɛ Kain dɛ, na ne bo fuiɛ.

6Awurade bisaa Kain sɛ, “Adɛn enti na wo bo afuo? Adɛn enti na woamuna saa? 7Sɛ woyɛ ade pa a, wɔbɛgye wo atom. Sɛ wonyɛ ade pa deɛ a, ɛnneɛ, hwɛ yie. Ɛfiri sɛ, bɔne retwɛn ako atia wo, asɛe wo, nanso ɛsɛ sɛ wodi ne so.”

Kain Kum Habel

8Ɛda bi Kain ka kyerɛɛ ne nua Habel sɛ, “Ma yɛnkɔ afuom.” Ɛberɛ a wɔwɔ afuom hɔ no, Kain to hyɛɛ ne nua Habel so, kumm no.

9Awurade bisaa Kain sɛ, “Wo nua Habel wɔ he?”

Kain buaa sɛ, “Mennim. Mɛyɛ dɛn mahunu? Me na mehwɛ me nua no so anaa?”

10Awurade bisaa Kain sɛ, “Ɛdeɛn na woayɛ yi? Tie! Wo nua mogya su firi asase so frɛ me. 11Seesei, wɔadome wo, apamo wo afiri asase a ɛbuee nʼano gyee wo nua mogya firii wo nsam no so. 12Sɛ woyɛ asase no so adwuma sɛ ɛdeɛn ara a, worennya nnɔbaeɛ biara mfiri so. Wobɛyɛ ɔkobɔfoɔ, akyinkyin asase so.”

13Kain kaa sɛ, “Awurade mʼasotweɛ boro me so. 14Ɛnnɛ, woapam me afiri asase so ne wʼanim. Mɛyɛ ɔkobɔfoɔ akyinkyin asase so na obiara a ɔbɛnya me no bɛkum me.”

15Nanso, Awurade ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Ɛnte saa koraa! Obiara a ɔbɛkum Kain no bɛnya Kain asotwe no mprɛnson.” Afei, Awurade hyɛɛ Kain agyiraeɛ bi sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a, obiara a ɔbɛhyia no no renkum no. 16Enti, Kain dwane firii Awurade anim, kɔtenaa Nod asase so wɔ Eden apueeɛ fam.

Anibue Ahyɛaseɛ

17Kain de ne ho kaa ne yere na ɔnyinsɛnee, woo ɔbabarima, too no edin Henok. Saa ɛberɛ no, Kain kyekyeree kuro bi de too ne ba Henok. 18Henok woo Irad. Irad woo Mehuyael. Mehuyael woo Metusael. Metusael woo Lamek.

19Lamek waree mmaa baanu a wɔn din de Ada ne Sila. 20Ada woo Yabal a nʼasefoɔ yɛ wɔn a wɔte ntomadan mu yɛn mmoa. 21Na Yabal nuabarima din de Yubal a nʼasefoɔ yɛ mmɛnhyɛnfoɔ ne asankubɔfoɔ. 22Sila woo ɔbabarima a wɔfrɛ no Tubal-Kain. Na ɔyɛ kɔbere dwumfoɔ ne nnadeɛ ahodoɔ nyinaa atomfoɔ agya. Na Tubal-Kain wɔ nuabaa bi a ne din de Naama.

23Ɛda bi Lamek ka kyerɛɛ ne yerenom Ada ne Sila sɛ,

“Montie me, me yerenom

makum aberanteɛ bi a,

ɔto hyɛɛ me so, piraa me.

24Sɛ Kain so aweretɔ bɛyɛ mprɛnson a,

ɛnneɛ, me Lamek, deɛ ɔbɛkum me no, nʼasotwe bɛyɛ mpɛn aduɔson nson.”

25Akyire yi, Adam de ne ho kaa ne yere Hawa. Na ɔwoo ɔbabarima bio. Na wɔtoo no edin Set kaa sɛ, “Onyankopɔn ama me ɔba foforɔ asi Habel a Kain kumm no no ananmu.” 26Set nso woo ɔbabarima na ɔtoo no edin Enos.

Saa ɛberɛ no mu na nnipa hyɛɛ aseɛ bɔɔ Awurade edin.