New International Version

Genesis 4

Cain and Abel

1Adam[a] made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.[b] She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth[c] a man.” Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

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

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

Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”[d] While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

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

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

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

13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today 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.”

15 But the Lord said to him, “Not so[e]; 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. 16 So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod,[f] east of Eden.

17 Cain 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. 18 To 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.

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

23 Lamech 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.
24 If Cain is avenged seven times,
    then Lamech seventy-seven times.”

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

At that time people began to call on[i] the name of the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 4:1 Or The man
  2. Genesis 4:1 Cain sounds like the Hebrew for brought forth or acquired.
  3. Genesis 4:1 Or have acquired
  4. Genesis 4:8 Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Masoretic Text does not have “Let’s go out to the field.”
  5. Genesis 4:15 Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Hebrew Very well
  6. Genesis 4:16 Nod means wandering (see verses 12 and 14).
  7. Genesis 4:22 Or who instructed all who work in
  8. Genesis 4:25 Seth probably means granted.
  9. Genesis 4:26 Or to proclaim

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”。