|Genesis 4:1-12 |
1 And Adam knew Eve as his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, "I have acquired a man from the LORD."
2 And she next bore his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3 And in process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD.
4 And Abel brought some of the firstborn of his flock and their fat. And the LORD had respect for Abel and his offering,
5 But he did not have respect for Cain and his offering. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.1
6 And the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is to have you, and you must master it."
8 But Cain talked with Abel his brother and said, "Let us go out to the field." And it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and killed him.
9 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" And he said, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?"
10 And he said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries to me from the ground.
11 And now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand;
12 When you till the ground, it shall not yield its strength to you from this time forward; you shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth.
1 Cain was very angry. John said, Anyone who hates his brother has committed murder in his heart. 1 John 3:15. Whoever does not forgive, will not be forgiven. We must love our brothers, not like Cain, who was of the wicked one and slew his brother. And why did he slay him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's were righteous. Do not marvel, my brothers, if the world hates you. 1 John 2:12-13. Indeed, all who are determined to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 2 Tim 3:12. Just as he who was born after the flesh persecuted him who was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Gal 4:29.