"The murder of Abel" 120x90 1999
|Cain and Abel
lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said,
"With the help of the LORD I have brought forth s 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. But Abel brought 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
'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 master it."
Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go
out to the field." And 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?"
"The LORD said, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to
me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its
mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. "When you work the ground, it
will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the
Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is more than I can bear. 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."
But the LORD said to him, "Not so; if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance
seven times over." Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him
would kill him. "So Cain went out from the Lord`s presence and lived in the land of
Nod, east of Eden.
GENESIS 4 : 1-16