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unto the Lord. Cain brought of the fruit of the ground, and Abel of the firstlings of his flock. And God was pleased with Abel's offering, but not with Cain's : for Abel brought his offering in faith ; but Cain was hard-hearted, and full of envy. Then Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain,

Why art thou wroth ? and why is thy countenance fallen ? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted ? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.”

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. And the Lord said unto Cain,

• Where is Abel thy brother ?" And he said, “ I know not: am I my brother's keeper ?" And he said, “What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand : when thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.” And Cain said, “My punishment is greater than I can bear.”—(My sin is greater than can be forgiven me.)—“And every one that findeth me shall slay

But the Lord said, “ No," and set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord with his wife and children, and built a city, and called it, after the name of his son, Enoch. a

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And unto the man he said, “ Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life: thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field : in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken : for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”b

Then was the man driven out of Paradise, and cherubims with flaming swords were placed to keep the way to the Tree of life.

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Of the sons of Adam, one was named Cain and the other Abel. Cain was a tiller of the land, and Abel a keeper of sheep. Upon one occasion the two brothers brought each of them an offering

b Gen. iii. 1--19.

unto the Lord. Cain brought of the fruit of the ground, and Abel of the firstlings of his flock. And God was pleased with Abel's offering, but not with Cain's : for Abel brought his offering in faith ; but Cain was hard-hearted, and full of envy. Then Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, “Why art thou wroth ? and why is thy countenance fallen ? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted ? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.”

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. And the Lord said unto Cain, “ Where is Abel thy brother ?” And he said, “I know not:

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?” And he said, “What hast thou done ? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand : when thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength ; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.” And Cain said, “My punishment is greater than I can bear.”—(My sin is greater than can be forgiven e.)—“And every one that findeth me shall slay

But the Lord said, “No," and set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord with his wife and children, and built a city, and called it, after the name of his son, Enoch. a

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a Gen. iv. 3--17,

this event occurred. And Eve bare another son, whom she called Seth, which means “ Appointed,” (for the one lost).

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The first men were much stronger, and lived ten times as long as men do now.

Adam was nine hundred and thirty years old ; and when he died, he had descendants from Seth to the ninth generation, and from Cain to the tenth generation. This was at that time the usual length of men's lives. Methuselah lived nine hundred and sixtynine years, Noah nine hundred and fifty. The number of descendants Adam might have had by all his sons would have been very great. But while men were so multiplying upon the earth, violence and wickedness became prevalent.

And the Lord said, “Men will no longer be reproved by my Spirit, for they are flesh.a I will yet give them a space of one hundred and twenty years." At that time there was no written law of God; no Bible; but men were reproved by the Spirit of God.

And the Lord said, “I will destroy man, whom I have created, from the face of the earth.” b “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord," and he was a righteous man. And God said unto Noah, Make an ark three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide, and thirty cubits high (so that it was a large house), and make chambers in it. For, behold, I will “ bring a flood of waters upon

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b Gen. vi. 7, 8.

the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven, and every thing that is in the earth shall die. But with thee will I establish my covenant: and thou shalt come into the ark; thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives, with thee. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee. And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten; and it shall be for food for thee and for them."

Noah was six hundred years old when he went into the ark; and the waters of the food came upon the earth. Then all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened, and the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. And the waters increased and bore up the ark; so that it went upon the face of the waters. And the waters increased so exceedingly that all the high hills that were under the whole heaven were covered. Fifteen cubits upwards, above the tops of the mountains, did the waters prevail. And they remained upon the earth an hundred and fifty days, and then they began to fall.

It was on the tenth day of the second month that Noah entered the ark, and on the seventeenth day the fountains of the great deep were broken up.

Thus did God destroy the whole human race, except Noah and his family, and in this awful event we see a most striking display of the mercy as well as of the justice of God. We are told, that “ the earth was filled with violence;” and, doubtless, that violence was chiefly directed against

C Gen. vi. 17-21.

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