Daily Bible Reading “Cain Leaves Eden” (Genesis 4:16-26)

Genesis 4 16Cain Leaves Eden

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Genesis 4:16-26.  After Cain sinned against God and killed his brother, he left the presence of the LORD, as instructed, and went to dwell in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

Even though Cain sinned against God, God still blessed him by allowing him to live and have a family. We are not told in this Scripture who Cain took to be his wife, only that he had relations with his wife; she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch, which means “dedicated.” Cain also built a city, and named the city after his son, Enoch.

Enoch had a son; he named Irad, which means “fleet.” Irad had a son, he named Mehujael, which means “smitten by God.” Mehujael had a son named Methusael, which means “who is of God.” Methusael had a son named Lamech, which means “powerful.”

Lamech had two wives: one of his wives was named Adah, and the other wife was called Zillah.

Adah gave birth to Jabal, which means “stream of water.” He was the chief of the people who lived in tents, and raised livestock.

His brother’s name was Jubal, which means “stream.” He was the inventor of musical instruments, such as the harp and organ.

Zillah, gave birth to Tubalcain, which means, “thou will be brought of cain.” He was an instructor of every metal craftsman who fabricated brass and iron. Zillah also gave birth to a daughter named Naamah, which means “loveliness.” Notice that Naamah is the first girl to be mentioned in this family.

Lamech told his wives, Adah and Zillah, listen to me: A young man tried to wound me, and in self-defense, I killed him. If the LORD will take vengeance for Cain seven times, surely, He will avenge me seventy-seven times.

These numbers are repeated in Matthew 18:21-22, “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”

Adam had relations with his wife again; and she gave birth to a son, which they named him Seth. The name Seth means “compensation.” Eve said, “For God has appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.”

There was also a son born to Seth, who was named Enos, which means “man.” At that time men began to proclaim the name of the LORD.

I find it interesting to see what some of the names mean, so I have included their meanings in this lesson for you. During biblical times the names were not chosen just because they liked the way it sounded. Many times the names they named their children had significant meanings.

In this day and age, we may not consider what the name means, as much as if we like the way it sounds. Maybe we should pay more attention to the names we give our children. We wouldn’t want to mark them with a negative connotation by what we name them.


Daily Bible Reading:

Genesis 4:16-26

16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.

18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.

19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.

21 And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.

24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.


Things to think about:

  • Why did Cain leave Eden?
  • Where did Cain go when he left Eden?
  • What was the secret that Lamech told his wives?
  • How did God bless Adam and Eve in this Scripture?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this passage, we see your grace and mercy on Cain, even though he sinned against You. You still allowed him to live and have a family. We also see You blessed Adam and Eve with another son. Help us to realize that when we mess up, if we repent and ask for forgiveness, You are willing to forgive us. You are always there with open arms waiting for us to come back to You. Even though this is so, help us to strive to live holy and acceptable in Your sight. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

**Meanings of the names were found at eliyah.com


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