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Cain and Abel
4Â Now AdamÂ had sexual relations with his wife, Eve, and she became pregnant. When she gave birth to Cain, she said, â€œWith theÂ Lordâ€™s help, I have producedÂ a man!â€Â 2Â Later she gave birth to his brother and named him Abel.
When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the ground.Â 3Â When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to theÂ Lord.Â 4Â Abel also brought a giftâ€”the best of the firstborn lambs from his flock. TheÂ LordÂ accepted Abel and his gift,Â 5Â but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected.
6Â â€œWhy are you so angry?â€ theÂ LordÂ asked Cain. â€œWhy do you look so dejected?Â 7Â You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.â€
8Â One day Cain suggested to his brother, â€œLetâ€™s go out into the fields.â€Â And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him.
9Â Afterward theÂ LordÂ asked Cain, â€œWhere is your brother? Where is Abel?â€
â€œI donâ€™t know,â€ Cain responded. â€œAm I my brotherâ€™s guardian?â€
10Â But theÂ LordÂ said, â€œWhat have you done? Listen! Your brotherâ€™s blood cries out to me from the ground!Â 11Â Now you are cursed and banished from the ground, which has swallowed your brotherâ€™s blood.Â 12Â No longer will the ground yield good crops for you, no matter how hard you work! From now on you will be a homeless wanderer on the earth.â€
13Â Cain replied to theÂ Lord, â€œMy punishmentÂ is too great for me to bear!Â 14Â You have banished me from the land and from your presence; you have made me a homeless wanderer. Anyone who finds me will kill me!â€
15Â TheÂ LordÂ replied, â€œNo, for I will give a sevenfold punishment to anyone who kills you.â€ Then theÂ LordÂ put a mark on Cain to warn anyone who might try to kill him.Â 16Â So Cain left theÂ Lordâ€™s presence and settled in the land of Nod,Â east of Eden.
The Descendants of Cain
17Â Cain had sexual relations with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Then Cain founded a city, which he named Enoch, after his son.Â 18Â Enoch had a son named Irad. Irad became the father ofÂ Mehujael. Mehujael became the father of Methushael. Methushael became the father of Lamech.
19Â Lamech married two women. The first was named Adah, and the second was Zillah.Â 20Â Adah gave birth to Jabal, who was the first of those who raise livestock and live in tents.Â 21Â His brotherâ€™s name was Jubal, the first of all who play the harp and flute.Â 22Â Lamechâ€™s other wife, Zillah, gave birth to a son named Tubal-cain. He became an expert in forging tools of bronze and iron. Tubal-cain had a sister named Naamah.Â 23Â One day Lamech said to his wives,
â€œAdah and Zillah, hear my voice;
The Birth of Seth
25Â Adam had sexual relations with his wife again, and she gave birth to another son. She named him Seth,Â for she said, â€œGod has granted me another son in place of Abel, whom Cain killed.â€Â 26Â When Seth grew up, he had a son and named him Enosh. At that time people first began to worship theÂ LordÂ by name.
The Descendants of Adam
5Â This is the written account of the descendants of Adam. When God created human beings,Â he made them to be like himself.Â 2Â He created them male and female, and he blessed them and called them â€œhuman.â€
3Â When Adam was 130 years old, he became the father of a son who was just like himâ€”in his very image. He named his son Seth.Â 4Â After the birth of Seth, Adam lived another 800 years, and he had other sons and daughters.Â 5Â Adam lived 930 years, and then he died.
6Â When Seth was 105 years old, he became the father ofÂ Enosh.Â 7Â After the birth ofÂ Enosh, Seth lived another 807 years, and he had other sons and daughters.Â 8Â Seth lived 912 years, and then he died.
9Â When Enosh was 90 years old, he became the father of Kenan.Â 10Â After the birth of Kenan, Enosh lived another 815 years, and he had other sons and daughters.Â 11Â Enosh lived 905 years, and then he died.
12Â When Kenan was 70 years old, he became the father of Mahalalel.Â 13Â After the birth of Mahalalel, Kenan lived another 840 years, and he had other sons and daughters.Â 14Â Kenan lived 910 years, and then he died.
15Â When Mahalalel was 65 years old, he became the father of Jared.Â 16Â After the birth of Jared, Mahalalel lived another 830 years, and he had other sons and daughters.Â 17Â Mahalalel lived 895 years, and then he died.
18Â When Jared was 162 years old, he became the father of Enoch.Â 19Â After the birth of Enoch, Jared lived another 800 years, and he had other sons and daughters.Â 20Â Jared lived 962 years, and then he died.
21Â When Enoch was 65 years old, he became the father of Methuselah.Â 22Â After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters.Â 23Â Enoch lived 365 years,Â 24Â walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.
25Â When Methuselah was 187 years old, he became the father of Lamech.Â 26Â After the birth of Lamech, Methuselah lived another 782 years, and he had other sons and daughters.Â 27Â Methuselah lived 969 years, and then he died.
28Â When Lamech was 182 years old, he became the father of a son.Â 29Â Lamech named his son Noah, for he said, â€œMay he bring us reliefÂ from our work and the painful labor of farming this ground that theÂ LordÂ has cursed.â€Â 30Â After the birth of Noah, Lamech lived another 595 years, and he had other sons and daughters.Â 31Â Lamech lived 777 years, and then he died.
32Â By the time Noah was 500 years old, he was the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
A World Gone Wrong
6Â Then the people began to multiply on the earth, and daughters were born to them.Â 2Â The sons of God saw the beautiful womenÂ and took any they wanted as their wives.Â 3Â Then theÂ LordÂ said, â€œMy Spirit will not put up withÂ humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, their normal lifespan will be no more than 120 years.â€
4Â In those days, and for some time after, giant Nephilites lived on the earth, for whenever the sons of God had intercourse with women, they gave birth to children who became the heroes and famous warriors of ancient times.
5Â TheÂ LordÂ observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.Â 6Â So theÂ LordÂ was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.7Â And theÂ LordÂ said, â€œI will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thingâ€”all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.â€Â 8Â But Noah found favor with theÂ Lord.
The Story of Noah
9Â This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.Â 10Â Noah was the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11Â Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence.Â 12Â God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt.Â 13Â So God said to Noah, â€œI have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth!
14Â â€œBuild a large boatÂ from cypress woodÂ and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior.Â 15Â Make the boat 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.Â 16Â Leave an 18-inch openingÂ below the roof all the way around the boat. Put the door on the side, and build three decks inside the boatâ€”lower, middle, and upper.
17Â â€œLook! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die.Â 18Â But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boatâ€”you and your wife and your sons and their wives.Â 19Â Bring a pair of every kind of animalâ€”a male and a femaleâ€”into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood.Â 20Â Pairs of every kind of bird, and every kind of animal, and every kind of small animal that scurries along the ground, will come to you to be kept alive.Â 21Â And be sure to take on board enough food for your family and for all the animals.â€
22Â So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.
Visitors from the East
2Â Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise menÂ from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,Â 2Â â€œWhere is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose,Â and we have come to worship him.â€
3Â King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem.Â 4Â He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, â€œWhere is the Messiah supposed to be born?â€
5Â â€œIn Bethlehem in Judea,â€ they said, â€œfor this is what the prophet wrote:
6Â â€˜And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah,
7Â Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared.8Â Then he told them, â€œGo to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!â€
9Â After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was.Â 10Â When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!Â 11Â They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12Â When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.
The Escape to Egypt
13Â After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. â€œGet up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,â€ the angel said. â€œStay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.â€
14Â That night Joseph left for Egypt with the child and Mary, his mother,Â 15Â and they stayed there until Herodâ€™s death. This fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: â€œI called my Son out of Egypt.â€
16Â Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise menâ€™s report of the starâ€™s first appearance.Â 17Â Herodâ€™s brutal action fulfilled what God had spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:
18Â â€œA cry was heard in Ramahâ€”
The Return to Nazareth
19Â When Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt.Â 20Â â€œGet up!â€ the angel said. â€œTake the child and his mother back to the land of Israel, because those who were trying to kill the child are dead.â€
21Â So Joseph got up and returned to the land of Israel with Jesus and his mother.Â 22Â But when he learned that the new ruler of Judea was Herodâ€™s son Archelaus, he was afraid to go there. Then, after being warned in a dream, he left for the region of Galilee.Â 23Â So the family went and lived in a town called Nazareth. This fulfilled what the prophets had said: â€œHe will be called a Nazarene.â€