Like Adam, Cain
worked in the fields. Abel took care of sheep. They built altars
and offered their gifts to God. Cain brought food from the field
for his offering. Abel brought a fat lamb. When Abel offered his
gift, he prayed for God's forgiveness. God was pleased with Abel's
God was not
offering, and Cain was very angry. God said to him, "Why are
you angry? Why do you look so sad? If you do well, you will be
accepted. If you do not, you will be taken by sin. Do not let sin
get a hold on you. Master it instead."
Later, when the
brothers were in the field, Cain quarreled with Abel. Cain became
so angry that he killed Abel.
Again God spoke
to Cain. He asked, "Where is Abel, your brother?" Cain
replied, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?"
God knew what
Cain had done. He told Cain, "Because you have done wrong,
you will be punished. You will till the ground, but your crops
will be poor. You will wander here and there without any one place
to call your home."
"O God, this punishment is greater than I can bear! What if
people try to kill me when I wander from place to place?"
"I will put a mark on you. Then people will know they are to
do you no harm.
Cain wandered far
away into a land called Nod. There he lived for many years.