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People: Cain


The elder son of Adam and Eve, Cain murdered his brother Abel.


The elder son of Adam and Eve, Cain was a farmer and his brother Abel a shepherd. When they brought their offerings to the Lord, Abel's offering was accepted but Cain's was not. In anger Cain killed his brother. God asked Cain where Abel was, but Cain denied knowing Abel's whereabouts, saying "Am I my brother's keeper?" God replied that Abel's blood cried out from the ground against Cain, and God condemned Cain's deed. Yet God allowed him to live, placing a special mark on his head so that no one would kill him as he wandered the earth.

AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus