18 Mon Feb 2019
Â Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, â€œI have produced a man with the help of the LORD.â€ Next she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground. In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. The LORD said to Cain, â€œWhy are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.â€
Â Cain said to his brother Abel, â€œLet us go out to the field.â€ And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, â€œWhere is your brother Abel?â€ He said, â€œI do not know; am I my brotherâ€™s keeper?â€ And the LORD said, â€œWhat have you done? Listen; your brotherâ€™s blood is crying out to me from the ground! And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brotherâ€™s blood from your hand. When you till the ground, it will no longer yield to you its strength; you will be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.â€ Cain said to the LORD, â€œMy punishment is greater than I can bear! Today you have driven me away from the soil, and I shall be hidden from your face; I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and anyone who meets me may kill me.â€ Then the LORD said to him, â€œNot so! Whoever kills Cain will suffer a sevenfold vengeance.â€ And the LORD put a mark on Cain, so that no one who came upon him would kill him.
Â Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, for she said, â€œGod has appointed for me another child instead of Abel, because Cain killed him.â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.