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Cain's World

His parents were the first humans to take something that did not belong to them. It's hardly surprising then that Cain continued Adam and Eve's example (see also Created Equal) by also taking something that did not belong to him - the life of his brother Abel.

"4:8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him." (Genesis 4:8 KJV)

To top it off, Cain then became the first human liar. He lied to his Creator, "the LORD God" (see Christ The Creator and 'Before Abraham Was, I AM' to understand, directly from the Scriptures, that "the LORD God" was Jesus Christ).

"4:9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother?

And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?" (Genesis 4:9 KJV)

"They have gone in the way of Cain"

As the penalty for his crime of murder, Cain was exiled even further from the Garden of Eden than his parents had been. Cain was sentenced to live with the misery of his behavior ("And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear"), as well as living with the feeling of being hunted ("I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me"), just he did to his brother - but under the LORD's protection, never quite reaching the point of being killed. This was accomplished by the "mark of Cain" so that anyone who came in for the kill would see that he was not to be killed (in the ancient world, killing was always "up close and personal").

The Holy Scriptures

"4:10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. 4:11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; 4:12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

4:13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. 4:14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

4:15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him." (Genesis 4:10-15 KJV)

Cain survived the "living hell" that he was justly sentenced to, while establishing cities, which became nations, which became the world as it is.

"4:16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

4:17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. 4:18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.

4:19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. 4:20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. 4:21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. 4:22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

4:23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. 4:24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold." (Genesis 4:16-24 KJV)

Cain's world was later interrupted by the Flood, but it again took root in humanity - as attested by this New Testament reference to "the way of Cain."

"1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire [see Sodomites].

1:8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. 1:10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core." (Jude 1:4-11 KJV)

Fact Finder: Where did Cain (as well as the other sons that Adam and Eve later had) find women to marry?
See Cain's Wife


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