The New Book of Genesis Chapter 4


4:1       The man was united

with his loving mate

to conceive and bring forth Cain.

She said: I have brought forth a soul

with the help of Yahweh.


4:2       She then gave birth

to his brother Abel.

Now Abel kept flocks

and Cain tilled the soil.


4:3       Cain brought fruits of the earth

as an offering to Yahweh.


4:4       Abel also brought offerings –

the best parts from his flock.

Yahweh looked upon

Abel and his offering.


4:5       But Cain and his offerings

He did not look upon.

So Cain was grieved

and cast down his face.


4:6       Then Yahweh spoke to Cain:

Why are you upset?

Why is your face downcast?


4:7       If you do the right thing

will you not be fortunate?

But if you do the wrong thing

misfortune lays at your door;

it wants to possess you

but over it you must rule.


4:8       Then Cain spoke to brother Abel

and they went out to a plain

But when they got there

Cain stood up to his brother Abel

and killed him.


4:9       Then Yahweh spoke to Cain

asking about his brother Abel

I don't know said Cain

Am I my brother's keeper?


4:10     Yahweh spoke:

What have you done?

Can you hear your brother’s blood

crying out to Me from the ground?


4:11     Now you are condemned

by the earth that opened itself

to receive from your hand

your brother's blood.


4:12     Should you work the ground

it will yield you no crops.

Through the earth you will wander

with no direction.


4:13     Then Cain said to Yahweh:

My punishment is more than I can bear.


4:14     Today I am driven away

and taken from Your presence

through the earth I will aimlessly wander

and he who finds me will kill me.


4:15     But Yahweh replied:

Surely one who kills Cain

will suffer the consequences sevenfold.

And onto Cain Yahweh put a mark

So no one who found him would harm him.


4:16     Cain left the presence of Yahweh

and lived wandering the land

outside of the world of bliss.


4:17     Cain joined with his wife

she bore a child and gave birth to Enoch

Cain then built a city

named after his son Enoch.


4:18     Enoch fathered Irad

Irad fathered Mehujael

Mehujael fathered Methushael

and Methushael fathered Lamech.


4:19     Lamech married two women

one named Adah,

the other named Zillah.


4:20     The man then brought forth Jabal

who was the teacher of those

who dwell in tents and manage property.


4:21     His brother's name was Jubal

who was the teacher of those

who played stringed instruments and pipes.


4:22     Zillah gave birth to Tubal-Cain

who forged tools from bronze and iron.

Tubal-Cain's sister was Naamah.


4:23     Lamech told his wives Adah and Zillah

hear my words my wives

I have killed a man for harming and injuring me.


4:24     If Cain was avenged seven times

then Lamech will have seventy-seven times.


4:25     The man joined again with his mate

and she brought forth a son

and named him Seth saying:

The Almighty granted me a child

to replace Abel

because Cain killed him.


4:26     Seth also had a son named Enosh.

At that time people began to call

on the Name of Yahweh.