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Genesis 4:1-26

Cain and Abel

1Adam4:1 Or The man made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.4:1 Cain sounds like the Hebrew for brought forth or acquired. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth4:1 Or have acquired a man.” 2Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4And 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, 5but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

6Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7If 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.”

8Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”4:8 Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Masoretic Text does not have “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

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

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

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

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

15But the Lord said to him, “Not so4:15 Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Hebrew Very well; 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. 16So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod,4:16 Nod means wandering (see verses 12 and 14). east of Eden.

17Cain 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. 18To 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.

19Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah. 20Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. 21His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes. 22Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of4:22 Or who instructed all who work in bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah.

23Lamech 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.

24If Cain is avenged seven times,

then Lamech seventy-seven times.”

25Adam made love to his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth,4:25 Seth probably means granted. saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.” 26Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh.

At that time people began to call on4:26 Or to proclaim the name of the Lord.

Holy Bible in Gĩkũyũ

Kĩambĩrĩria 4:1-26

Kaini na Habili

14:1 Kĩam 2:20; Ahib 11:4Nake Adamu agĩkoma na mũtumia wake Hawa, nake akĩgĩa nda, agĩciara Kaini. Nake akiuga atĩrĩ, “Ndĩkũgĩa na mwana wa kahĩĩ nĩ ũndũ wa gũteithio nĩ Jehova.” 24:2 Math 23:35; Luk 11:51Thuutha ũcio agĩciara Habili, mũrũ wa nyina.

Habili aarĩ mũrĩithi wa mbũri nake Kaini aarĩ mũrĩmi. 34:3 Alaw 2:1-2; Isa 43:23Maikarĩte kwa ihinda-rĩ, Kaini akĩrehe maciaro mamwe ma mũgũnda marĩ igongona kũrĩ Jehova. 44:4 Thaam 13:12; Ahib 11:4No Habili akĩrehe marigithathi mamwe marĩa manoru ma rũũru rwake. Nake Jehova agĩkenio nĩ Habili na igongona rĩake, 5no ndaakenirio nĩ Kaini na igongona rĩake. Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Kaini akĩrakara mũno, na agĩtukia gĩthiithi.

64:6 Jon 4:4Nake Jehova Ngai akĩũria Kaini atĩrĩ, “Ũrakarĩte nĩkĩ? Na nĩ kĩĩ gĩtũmĩte ũtukie gĩthiithi? 74:7 Kĩam 44:16Ũngĩka ũrĩa kwagĩrĩire-rĩ, no wage gwĩtĩkĩrĩka? No ũngĩaga gwĩka ũrĩa kwagĩrĩire-rĩ, mehia makuoheirie mũrango-inĩ waku makĩenda gũgwatha; no wee no nginya ũmatoorie.”

84:8 Math 23:35; 1Joh 3:12Thuutha ũcio Kaini akĩĩra mũrũ wa nyina Habili atĩrĩ, “Nĩtumagare tũthiĩ mũgũnda.” Na rĩrĩa maarĩ kũu mũgũnda, Kaini agĩtharĩkĩra mũrũ wa nyina Habili, akĩmũũraga.

94:9 Kĩam 3:9; Joh 8:44Nake Jehova akĩũria Kaini atĩrĩ, “Arĩ ha mũrũ-wa-nyũkwa Habili?”

Nake akĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “Niĩ ndiũĩ, kaĩ arĩ niĩ mũmenyereri wa mũrũ-wa-maitũ?”

104:10 Kĩam 9:5; Ahib 12:24Jehova akĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Nĩ atĩa wĩkĩte? Ta thikĩrĩria! Thakame ya mũrũ-wa-nyũkwa nĩĩrangaĩra ĩrĩ tĩĩri-inĩ. 114:11 Gũcook 11:28; 2Ath 2:24Na rĩrĩ, nĩũgwatĩtwo nĩ kĩrumi na ũkaingatwo mũgũnda ũrĩa waathamirie kanua kaguo kwamũkĩra thakame ya mũrũ-wa-nyũkwa kuuma guoko-inĩ gwaku. 124:12 Thab 37:25; Gũcook 28:15-24Rĩrĩa ũrĩũrĩmaga-rĩ, ndũgacooka gũgũciarĩra maciaro maguo. Ũgũtuĩka mũndũ ũtakindagĩria, wa kũũrũũraga gũkũ thĩ.”

13Nake Kaini akĩĩra Jehova atĩrĩ, “Iherithia rĩakwa nĩ inene gũkĩra ũrĩa ingĩhota gwĩtiiria. 144:14 Thab 51:11; Ndar 35:19, 21, 27, 33Ũmũthĩ ũyũ nĩũranyingata kuuma mũgũnda ũyũ na ndũũre hithĩtwo ũthiũ waku; ngũtuĩka mũndũ ũtakindagĩria, wa kũũrũũraga gũkũ thĩ, na ũrĩa wothe ũkaanyona nĩakanjũraga.”

154:15 Ezek 9:4, 6; Alaw 26:21No Jehova akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Aca, ti ũguo; mũndũ o na ũrĩkũ angĩkooraga Kaini, nĩakarĩhio maita mũgwanja.” Jehova agĩcooka agĩĩkĩra Kaini rũũri nĩgeetha ũrĩa wothe ũngĩmuona ndakamũũrage! 164:16 Jud 1:11Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Kaini akĩehera akiuma harĩ Jehova, na agĩtũũra bũrũri-inĩ wa Nodu, mwena wa irathĩro rĩa Edeni.

174:17 Thab 55:9Kaini agĩkoma na mũtumia wake, na akĩgĩa nda, agĩciara Enoku. Hĩndĩ ĩyo Kaini nĩakaga itũũra inene, na aarĩkia kũrĩaka, akĩrĩĩta Enoku o ta ũrĩa mũriũ eetagwo. 18Nake Enoku agĩciarĩrwo Iradu, nake Iradu aarĩ ithe wa Mehujaeli, nake Mehujaeli aarĩ ithe wa Methushaeli, nake Methushaeli aarĩ ithe wa Lameku.

194:19 Kĩam 6:2Lameku ũcio akĩhikia andũ-a-nja eerĩ, ũmwe eetagwo Ada na ũrĩa ũngĩ eetagwo Zila. 20Ada agĩciara Jabali; na nĩwe ithe wa andũ arĩa matũũraga hema-inĩ na marĩithagia mahiũ. 214:21 1Sam 16:16Mũrũ-wa nyina eetagwo Jubali; nake nĩwe ithe wa andũ arĩa othe mahũũraga inanda cia mũgeeto na makahuha mĩtũrirũ. 224:22 Thaam 35:35Zila o nake aarĩ na mũriũ, nake eetagwo Tubali-Kaini, na nĩwe waturaga indo cia mĩthemba yothe cia gĩcango na cia kĩgera. Tubali-Kaini aarĩ na mwarĩ wa nyina wetagwo Naama.

234:23 Kĩam 9:5-6Lameku akĩĩra atumia ake atĩrĩ,

“Ada na Zila, taa thikĩrĩriai;

inyuĩ atumia a Lameku, ta iguai ciugo ciakwa.

Nĩnjũragĩte mũndũ nĩ ũndũ wa kũndiihia,

ngooraga mũndũ mwĩthĩ nĩ ũndũ wa kũnguraria.

244:24 Isa 35:4; Jer 51:56Angĩkorwo Kaini arĩhagĩrio maita mũgwanja-rĩ,

Lameku nake akarĩhĩrio maita mĩrongo mũgwanja na mũgwanja.”

254:25 Kĩam 5:3; 1Maũ 1:1Nake Adamu agĩkoma na mũtumia wake rĩngĩ, nake agĩciara kaana ga kahĩĩ, na agĩgatua Sethi, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Ngai nĩaheete mwana ũngĩ handũ ha Habili, ũrĩa Kaini ooragire.” 264:26 Joel 2:32; Zef 3:9Sethi o nake aarĩ na mũriũ wake, nake akĩmũtua rĩĩtwa Enoshu.

Hĩndĩ ĩyo nĩrĩo andũ mambĩrĩirie gũkaĩra rĩĩtwa rĩa Jehova.