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 (Traditional)

創世記 4

該隱和亞伯

1亞當和他妻子夏娃同房,夏娃便懷孕,生了該隱。她說:「耶和華讓我得了一個男孩。」 後來,夏娃又生了該隱的弟弟亞伯。長大後,亞伯做了牧羊人,該隱做了農夫。

到了收成的時候,該隱把地裡的出產當祭物獻給耶和華, 亞伯也把羊群中頭生的羊及其最肥美的部分獻給耶和華。耶和華悅納亞伯和他的祭物, 卻不悅納該隱和他的祭物。該隱便非常惱火,面帶怒容。 耶和華問該隱:「你為什麼惱火?為什麼面帶怒容? 如果你做得對,難道不會蒙悅納嗎?如果你做得不對,罪就蹲在你的門口要控制你,但你必須制伏罪。」

該隱對弟弟亞伯說:「我們去田間吧!」[a]他們在田間的時候,該隱動手打亞伯,把他殺了。

後來,耶和華問該隱:「你弟弟亞伯在哪裡?」他說:「我不知道!難道我是弟弟的看護人嗎?」 10 耶和華說:「你做了什麼事?你弟弟的血從地裡向我哭訴。 11 地張開口從你手上接受了你弟弟的血,你在地上必受咒詛。 12 你種地,地卻不會再為你長出任何東西,你必在地上四處漂泊。」 13 該隱對耶和華說:「這懲罰太重!我承受不了。 14 今天你把我趕出去,使我不能再見你的面。我在地上四處漂泊,見到我的人都會殺我。」 15 耶和華對他說:「不會的,因為凡殺你的,必遭受七倍的報應。」於是,耶和華在該隱身上留下一個記號,免得見到他的人殺他。 16 該隱離開耶和華,來到伊甸東邊的挪得住下來。

該隱的後代

17 該隱和妻子同房,他的妻子就懷孕,生了以諾。該隱建了一座城,用他兒子的名字給這城取名叫以諾。 18 以諾生以拿,以拿生米戶雅利,米戶雅利生瑪土撒利,瑪土撒利生拉麥。 19 拉麥娶了兩個妻子,一個叫亞大,另一個叫洗拉。 20 亞大生了亞八,亞八是遊牧民族的祖先, 21 亞八的弟弟猶八是吹奏樂器之人的鼻祖。 22 洗拉生了土八·該隱,他是打造各種銅鐵器具的匠人[b],他的妹妹叫拿瑪。

23 一天,拉麥對他的兩個妻子說:

「亞大,洗拉,你們聽我的聲音;
拉麥的妻子啊,側耳聽我的話,
有人傷我,我殺了他,
青年打我,我宰了他。
24 殺該隱的遭受七倍的報應,
殺拉麥的遭受七十七倍的報應。」

塞特和以挪士

25 亞當又與妻子夏娃同房,夏娃生了一個兒子,取名叫塞特,因為她說:「上帝賜我另一個兒子來代替亞伯,因為該隱殺了他。」 26 塞特生了一個兒子,給他取名叫以挪士。那時候,人才開始求告耶和華。

Footnotes

  1. 4·8 我們去田間吧!」參照七十士譯本,希伯來文無此句。
  2. 4·22 他是打造各種銅鐵器具的匠人」或譯「他是銅匠、鐵匠的祖先」。