Cain was mankind's first murder, and the infamous son of Adam and Eve. We can actually learn a lot from Cain because his struggle with jealousy is something I think we all deal with at some point in life—hopefully we can learn from his mistake so we don't repeat it!


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Cain is the eldest son of Adam and Eve. Born sometime after they are expelled from the Garden of Eden, Cain is the first person to be "born in sin" meaning born in the fallen world. Whatever eye-opening that occurred when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit was passed on to Cain.

Lineage & Progeny

Cain is the eldest son of Adam and Eve. He has a son name Enoch (not to be confused with Enoch that is a descendant of Shem and goes straight to heaven). Through Enoch Cain's line produces Lamech, the instigator of polygamy and a fellow murder; Jabal, the person who advanced husbandry; Jubal, the person who advanced the arts (specifically music; and Tubal-cain, the person who advanced smithing.


Cain commits one of the worse crimes imaginable to mankind. Adam and Eve disobey God but Cain kills a person, and his own brother at that! Nothing good is really said of Cain, before he kills Abel we are told of Cain's jealousy. The closest thing to a positive we see from Cain is that he names a city after his son.

Bible Verses

And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.Genesis 4:1 KJV
By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.Hebrews 11:4 KJV
And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.Genesis 4:8 KJV
10And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. 11And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; 12When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. 13And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.Genesis 4:10-13

Other Bible Verses on Cain

  • Genesis 4:1-17, 25
  • Hebrews 11:4
  • 1 John 3:2
  • Jude 1:11

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