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The Killing Field: Genesis 4.1-16
Adam and Eve had a son. Then Eve said, "I'll name him Cain because I got him
with the help of the LORD." Later she had another son
and named him Abel.
Abel became a sheep farmer, but Cain farmed the land. One day, Cain gave
part of his harvest to the LORD, and Abel also gave an
offering to the LORD. He killed the first-born lamb from
one of his sheep and gave the LORD the best parts of it.
The LORD was pleased with Abel and his offering, but not
with Cain and his offering. This made Cain so angry that he could not hide his
The LORD said to Cain:
What's wrong with you? Why do you have such an angry look on your face? If
you had done the right thing, you would be smiling. But you did the wrong
thing, and now sin is waiting to attack you like a lion. Sin wants to destroy
you, but don't let it!
Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go for a walk." And when they were out
in a field, Cain killed him.
Afterwards the LORD asked Cain, "Where is Abel?"
"How should I know?" he answered. "Am I supposed to look after my
Then the LORD said:
Why have you done this terrible thing? You killed your own brother, and his
blood flowed onto the ground. Now his blood is calling out for me to punish
you. And so, I'll put you under a curse. Because you killed Abel and made his
blood run out on the ground, you will never be able to farm the land again. If
you try to farm the land, it won't produce anything for you. From now on,
you'll be without a home, and you'll spend the rest of your life wandering from
place to place.
"This punishment is too hard!" Cain said. "You're making me leave my home
and live far from you. I will have to wander about without a home, and just
anyone could kill me."
"No!" the LORD answered. "Anyone who kills you will
be punished seven times worse than I am punishing you." So the LORD put a mark on Cain to warn everyone not to kill him. But
Cain had to go far from the LORD and live in the Land of
Wandering, which is east of Eden.
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