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8 And Cairi talked with Abel his brother concerning the different regard shown to their respective offerings :* and it came to pass, when they were in the field together, that Cain in a fit of resentment rose up against Abel his brother, and
!) slew him. And on Ids return from the field the Lord said unto Cain, Where [is] Abel thy brother 1 And so hardened was he in his sin, that he said, I know not: [Am] I my brother's
10 keeper? didst thou ever give me any charge of him? And he said again to Cain in an auful manner, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the
11 ground for vengeance. And it shall be avenged: even now [art] thou cursed from the earth, sentenced to a perpctual ban' ishmcnt from that part of it which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand, into a more bar
12 ren country; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength so freely as hitherto; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth; cast out from God's presencc, and the society of thy kindred and acquaintance, and wandering from one country to another, by reason of thy trouble and perplexity of conscience.
13 And Cain said unto the Lord, my punishment [is] greater than I can bear; or, my iniquity is greater than that it may be
14 forgiven. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth, my native soil, whcre I have dwelt with my parents and kindred; and from thy face shall I be hid ; / shall be always hiding myself from thee, skulking in holes and corners by reason of my guilty conscience; 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 attempt to slay mc as the public enemy of mankind, and as one devoted by thee to destruction.^
15 And the Lord said unto him, Therefore, to prevent this, I ordain, that whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him seven fold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him shoukl kill him ; some visible token, (either the palsy, or a ghastly look, or the like) to .make him a living
16 monument of his wrath against murder.\ And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, that is, the land of vagabonds, (so called on Cain's account ) which lies on the east of Eden.
17 And Cain knew his wife, who accompanied him with others of his family; and she conceived and bare Enoch: and after many years wanderingl and having a numerous progeny, God
* cruKmtt't version is, Aiul tV/n ipakt unto Abet bu brcther, Let uj go forth: which *rords are found in the Samaritan Text. See Kennicott's remarks.
+ The world bring row nr^r one hundred and thirty years old, the inhabitants mi^ilt bf considerable. IVltiiUn computes litem at upwards of four thousand, others at a great ilcjl more.
\ A late ingenious anchor huh aiven the most mtural sense of these words, which ^w-t,o:;ei v .k m:>v bl rendered thus. C>rf appointed to Cain a iipt i r trken, to assure hifn that no one should kil.biot. So the wtud is rendered, (i«. i*. »3. S/mc>cAra'j Countrl. Vol.:. 9.S. t.dit.'
permitted him to settle, and he builded a city, and called the
18 name of the c?ty, after the name of his son, Enoch. And unto Enoch was bom Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.
19 And Lamech, who was one of wicked Cain's posterity, wa* the first who violated the original law of marriage by polygamy, for he took unto him two wives: the name of the one [was] Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. God was pleased to ttlerate this under the Old Testament; but Christ, in Matthew xix. 8. fully showed the evil of it, and restored marriage to it*
20 first institution. And Adah bare Jabal : he was the father of s\ich as dwell in tents, and [of such as have] cattle; ths first inventor of tent making, and of the art of tending and ordering
21 cattle. And his brother's name [was] Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ, having invent, ed some kind of musical instruments, and taught the use of
22 them. And Zillah, the other wife of Lamech, she also bare fubalcain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron, that is, instruments for war or for husbandry: and the sister of Tubalcain [was] Naamah, who, the Jews say, found out
23 the way of carding, spinning, and weaving wool. And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah, and Zillah, who seem to have been afraid that, since weapons were grown so common, lamech, who was probably a man of a turbulent spirit, wmdd be slain; in order to calm their fears he says, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech, and be under no painful apprehensions on my account : for do you imagine I have slain a man to my own wounding, and a young man to my own hurt ?<?
Zt M>. If Cain therefore, who murdered hi* own brother for hi* piety, shall b» avenged seven fold, truly Lamech seventy and seven fold ; God will bring tenfold destruction on the man that hurts me. §
Motes, having thus briefly mentioned Cain's posterity, return*
25 to mention another branch of Adam's family. And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth, which signifies, appointed or substitute: For God, [said she,] hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew, and who shall be the toot of that holy family in which
26 the church shall be established. And to Seth, to him also, that is,
to Seth himself, there was born a son ; and he called his name
Enos, that is, sorrowful; to note the sadness of those times by
reason of the wickedness thereof: then begaft men to call upon
the name of the Lord, to separate themselves from the profane
society of the wicked} and to worship God in a more public,
solemn, and pure manner, tlian /tad been done by Cain and hit
profane posterity. And here began the distinction of the sons of
God, and the sons and daughters of men.
• The words are rendered by Bishop Ltr&tk, I have slain a man for having n/oiintW mtt snd aytuniman fur hiving bruiied me. Lsvth'i Prelect. P" 52.
J. T T is reasonable that God should have ourbest,that he should?
X be presented with our first and noblest sacrifices. He deserves it, he claims it. But let us remember,
2. That real piety is necessary to Out acceptance with him. Abel's sacrifice was preferred, because he was humble and pious, and offered it in faith. If we are destitute of inward and real religion, God will turn away his ear from our prayer, and even our sacrifice will be an abomination to him: to vow, and not perform our vows, is to offer the sacrifice of fools. If any man be a true worshifiper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth always, and lam he accepts.
3. See the danger of indulging malignant passions: Cain was wroth with God and his brother. He ought to have rejoiced that his brother's sacrifice was accepted, and to have grieved that his own was not. But his envy and anger preyed upon him, and hurried him on to commit this horrid murder. Let us guard against every sally of passion : ask ourselves when it begins to rise, as God doth Cain," Why am I wroth I do I well to be angry ?" Those who are of an hasty temper should learn caution by such a melancholy story as this, linger resteth in /he bosom of fjols only, and produces the most dismal effects. Let us not suffer the least resentment to harlxiur in our bosom. We are shocked at Cain ; but remember, every one that hatethhis brother is a murderer.
4. We are not to judge of good and evil by the present appearance of things. Righteous Abel was subject to wicked Cain. Abel was slain by his brother; and why slew he him ? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's good. This good man's days soon came to an end j but this providence was overruled to bean early intimation of the immortality of the soul, and the rewards of a future state. Wait till the day of retribution, and the scene will be changed; all this regular confusion uv the ways of God's providence will have a wise, a glorious, and a merciful end.
5. See here the terror of an evil conscience ; what a dreadful thing a distracted mind is! See the fatal effects of sin. Cain was full of despairing thoughts, but showed nothing of humility, no hope of mercy. What dreadful hardness of heart must sin have produced, that after having seen God and conversed with him, he should continue impenitent. A wounded spirit is a terrible thing. To prevent it, let us guard against the ways of Cain; and herein let us exercise ourselves, to maintain a conscience void of offence toward God and man.
6. How vain are all arts and sciences, and the ornaments of life, where real religion is wanting I The descendants of Cain siiscovcrcd several valuable and noble inventions; but still they themselves were wicked, and walked in his footsteps. These in' ventions were of the Lord, and these were their portion. A miserable portion indeed! Let us choose our lot among God's servants, those who in sincerity call on his name. Let us love his worship, make religion the one thing needful; then we may hope to enjoy peace of conscience, free from disquieting fears and alarms; and shall at length obtain eternal redemption, through Viat blood of sprinkling, which speaketh better tiiings than the blood of Abel.
"The genealogy, age, and death of the patriarchs, from Adam unt»
1 T ^® following [is] the book of the generations of Ad
1 am ; the history of Adam's creation, and the catalogue of his posterity till the flood, who were the progenitors of Christ. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God
2 made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. This repetition is intended to remind u* what a glorious creature man was at first, and how shamefully he was fallen : it intimate*, that Adam, which signifies, red earth,
S was the proper name of the whole species. And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and, after several other children, he begat [a son] in his own likeness, after his image; not the likeness of God, but of Adam; yet he was a pious son, in opposition to others who were wicked; a proper representation of his father, and well supplied the place of Abel; and, agreea
4 ble to his wife's desire, he called his name Seth : And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred
5 years: and he begat other sons and daughters: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died ; so that the original threatening was literally executed, though at a very distent period.0
>6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:
7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven
8 years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.
.9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan: And 50 Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen
11 years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: And he died.
12 And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel:
• The extraordinary longevity of men in those first aijes of the world, appears not at all incredible, considering how requisite this was for jvoplinK tlii e.uth, and oow probable it it that tile huroaaconatitgjioti was thru proportioiuW) strong.
13 And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred
14 and forty years, and begat sons and daughters : And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.
15 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared:
16 And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and
17 thirty years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days' of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five y»ars: and
18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty arid two years, and he
begat Enoch ; who is mentioned with distinguished honour in the New Testament, Jy.de v. 14, as the seventh from Adam and
19 a prophet of God: And Jared lived after he begat Enoch
20 eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years; and he died.
21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuse-.
22 lah:* And Enoch walked with God, in a course of singular piety, after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat a great number of sons and daughters. This shows that the conjugal life in its purity may stand with the strictest rules
23 of holiness. And all the days of Enoch were three hundred
24 sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God. It is said of all the others, that they lived, but of him, that he walked with God: maintaining to the last an intimate communion with him, and a conscientious obedience to him ; and this was so highly pleasing to God, that he was translated that he should not see death; (Heb. xi. 5.) and he [was] not found when sought; for God took him immediately to heaven, both body and soul, to be a testimony of the future happiness of both. This was probably done in a public manner, on some solemn occasion; by which God testified his regard to his singular piety, and comforted the hearts of good and pious men with the hopes offuture happiness, when those great calamities, of which he prophesied, should come.
25 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech; (not that Lamech mentioned ch. iv. 23, for he was one of Cain's posterity, but this was one of Seth's :)
26 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred
27 eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years, tl\e longest life that ever any man lived: and he died) just before the flood.
28 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and
29 begat a son: And he called his name Noah, which signifiest
* This is a prophetical name, and signifies. Hi dieth, and water is lent fvrth. Job v. to. J,tki so it will intimate, that Enoch, foreseeing the deluge, gjve his son this name ; by whicw he proved himself a prophet, as well as a preacher of righteousness : and it is rcmailuble, that this Methuselah died the very year in whieh the flood came. Edit.