Paradise is lost and the blood of Abel cries out from the ground. Who answers the blood that cries after us? Thankfully, our Savior Jesus does.

BibleGateway: Genesis 4:1-12

ESV Text: Genesis 4:1-12

Genesis 4:1–12

Cain and Abel

4:1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten1 a man with the help of the LORD.” And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted?2 And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to3 you, but you must rule over it.”

Cain spoke to Abel his brother.4 And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 And the LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground. 11 And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.”


[1] 4:1 Cain sounds like the Hebrew for gotten

[2] 4:7 Hebrew will there not be a lifting up [of your face]?

[3] 4:7 Or is toward

[4] 4:8 Hebrew; Samaritan, Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate add Let us go out to the field


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 4

     1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

     3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

     6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

     8 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.

     9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? 10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. 11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; 12 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.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 158:
Glory be to Jesus — Organ Audio

1. Glory be to Jesus, 
Who in bitter pains 
Poured for me the life-blood 
From His sacred veins! 

2. Grace and life eternal 
In that blood I find; 
Blest be His compassion, 
Infinitely kind! 

3. Blest through endless ages 
Be the precious stream 
Which from endless torments 
Did the world redeem! 

4. Abel’s blood for vengeance 
Pleaded to the skies; 
But the blood of Jesus 
For our pardon cries. 

5. Oft as earth exulting 
Wafts its praise on high, 
Angel hosts rejoicing 
Make their glad reply. 

6. Lift we, then, our voices, 
Swell the mighty flood, 
Louder still and louder 
Praise the precious blood!