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Genesis 4

The birth, trade, and religion of Cain and Abel.

Genesis 4:1 Forsothe Adam knewe Eue his wijf, which conseyuede, and childide Cayn, and seide, Y haue gete a man bi God. Genesis 4:2 And efte sche childide his brother Abel. Forsothe Abel was a kepere of scheep, and Cayn was an erthe tilyere. Genesis 4:3 Sotheli it was don after many daies, that Cayn offride yiftis to the Lord of the fruytis of erthe; Genesis 4:4 and Abel offride of the first gendrid of his floc, and of the fatnesse of tho. And the Lord bihelde to Abel and to the yiftis of hym; Genesis 4:5 sotheli he bihelde not to Cayn and to hise yiftis. And Cayn was wrooth greetli, and his cheer felde doun. Genesis 4:6 And the Lord seide to hym, Whi art thou wrooth, and whi felde doun thi face? Genesis 4:7 Whether not if thou schalt do wel, thou schalt resseyue; but if thou doist yuele, thi synne schal be present anoon in the yatis? but the desir therof schal be vndur thee, and thou schalt be lord therof.

The murder of Abel.

Genesis 4:8 And Cayn seide to Abel his brother, Go we out. And whanne thei weren in the feeld, Cayn roos ayens his brother Abel, and killide him.

Genesis 4:9 And the Lord seide to Cayn, Where is Abel thi brother? Which answerde, Y woot not; whether Y am the kepere of my brothir? Genesis 4:10 And God seide to Cayn, What hast thou do? the vois of the blood of thi brother crieth to me fro erthe.

The curse of Cain.

Genesis 4:11 Now therfor thou schalt be cursid on erthe, that openyde his mouth, and resseyuede of thin hond the blood of thi brothir. Genesis 4:12 Whanne thou schalt worche the erthe, it schal not yyue his fruytis to thee; thou schalt be vnstable of dwellyng and fleynge aboute on erthe in alle the daies of thi lijf. Genesis 4:13 And Cayn seide to the Lord, My wickidnesse is more than that Y disserue foryyuenesse; lo! Genesis 4:14 to dai thou castist me out fro the face of the erthe; and Y schal be hid fro thi face, and Y schal be vnstable of dwellyng and fleynge aboute in erthe; therfore ech man that schal fynde me schal slee me. Genesis 4:15 And the Lord seide to hym, It schal not be don so, but ech man that schal slee Cayn shal be punyschid seuenfold. And the Lord settide a signe in Cayn, that ech man that schulde fynde hym schulde not slee hym.

Genesis 4:16 And Cayn yede out fro the face of the Lord, and dwellide fleynge aboute in erthe, at the eest coost of Eden.

Enoch the first city.

Genesis 4:17 Forsothe Cayn knewe his wiif, which conseyuede, and childide Enoth; and Cayn bildide a citee, and clepide the name therof of the name of hise sone Enoth. Genesis 4:18 Forsothe Enoth gendride Irad, and Irad gendride Manyael, and Manyael gendride Matusael, and Matusael gendride Lameth;

Lamech and his two wives.

Genesis 4:19 that took twei wyues, the name to o wijf was Ada, and the name to the tother was Sella. Genesis 4:20 And Ada gendride Jabel, that was the fadir of dwellers in tentis and of shepherdis; Genesis 4:21 and the name of his brother was Tubal, he was the fadir of syngeris in harpe and orgun. Genesis 4:22 And Sella gendride Tubalcayn, that was an hamerbetere, and smyyt on alle werkis of bras and of yrun; forsothe the sistir of Tubalcayn was Neoma. Genesis 4:23 And Lameth seide to his wyues Ada and Sella, Ye wyues of Lameth, here my vois, and herkne my word; for Y haue slayn a man bi my wounde, and a yong wexynge man bi my violent betyng; Genesis 4:24 veniaunce schal be youun seuenfold of Cayn, forsothe of Lameth seuentisithis seuensithis.

The birth of Seth,

Genesis 4:25 Also yit Adam knewe his wijf, and sche childide a sone, and clepide his name Seth, and seide, God hath put to me another seed for Abel, whom Cayn killide.

and Enos.

Genesis 4:26 But also a sone was borun to Seth, which sone he clepide Enos; this Enos bigan to clepe inwardli the name of the Lord.

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