What Happened to Cain in the Bible?

Did Lamech kill Cain?

DID LAMECH KILL CAIN? How did Cain die? This 12th-century column capital from the Cathedral of Saint-Lazre in France depicts Lamech hunting with his son Tubal-Cain. They accidentally shoot and kill Cain, mistaking him for a wild animal. Photo: Cathedral Museum of St. Lazare, Autun, Burgundy, France/The Bridgeman Art Library.

DID LAMECH KILL CAIN? How did Cain die? This 12th-century column capital from the Cathedral of Saint-Lazre in France depicts Lamech hunting with his son Tubal-Cain. They accidentally shoot and kill Cain, mistaking him for a wild animal. Photo: Cathedral Museum of St. Lazare, Autun, Burgundy, France/The Bridgeman Art Library.

What happened to Cain in the Bible? In the Book of Genesis, we are told about Cain’s birth, his violent act of fratricide and his subsequent exile. We learn that he married and had descendants, but the Bible is strangely mute about his death.

How did Cain die? If he did not die naturally, who killed Cain? In the Bible, do we have any clues? John Byron, professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary, tackles these questions in his Biblical Views column “Did Cain Get Away with Murder?” which appears in the May/June 2014 issue of BAR.

Byron explains that ancient interpreters were not afraid to change the story of Cain in the Bible to fit with their sense of justice, ensuring that he was adequately punished for killing his brother Abel. One of the most popular interpretations credits Lamech—Cain’s great, great grandson—with killing Cain.
Lamech admits to having killed a man in Genesis 4:23–24. Ancient interpreters believed that this passage sheds light on who killed Cain in the Bible, and they identified the man Lamech killed in verse 23 with Cain.

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How and why did Lamech kill Cain? According to the Lamech legend—which was based on Genesis 4 but which evolved over the centuries—Lamech accidentally killed Cain while he was hunting with his son Tubal-Cain. In the legend, Lamech is a blind but skilled hunter, and Tubal-Cain accompanies him to direct his bow and arrow. Hearing a noise in the bushes, they shoot what they think is a wild animal. Upon investigation, though, they discover that Lamech’s arrow has killed Cain.

In this version of events, how did Cain die? Like an animal. Justice is served.

However, the Lamech legend is just one of the ways ancient interpreters sought to answer the question: How did Cain die? Did Cain die in the flood? Did he die naturally? Did Lamech kill Cain? If Lamech did not, then was there someone else who killed Cain? In the Bible, we will not find a definitive answer.

To find out more about the Lamech legend and other interpretations that seek to explain what happened to Cain in the Bible, read the full Biblical Views column by John Byron, professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary, in the May/June 2014 issue of BAR.


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In the free eBook Exploring Genesis: The Bible’s Ancient Traditions in Context, discover the cultural contexts for many of Israel’s latest traditions. Explore Mesopotamian creation myths, Joseph’s relationship with Egyptian temple practices and three different takes on the location of Ur of the Chaldeans, the birthplace of Abraham.


Related reading in Bible History Daily:

Who Was the Wife of Cain?

Cain and Abel in the Bible

The Adam and Eve Story: Eve Came From Where?

Evidence of Historical Blood Vengeance Found in Jerusalem Cave

This Bible History Daily feature was originally published on April 28, 2014.


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45 Responses

  1. nathanhanover says:

    Cain did Not Die. He lives among us.

  2. MrTrismegistus says:

    Perhaps after Cain was banished and cursed, he went and fathered the nation(s) of Canaan (Cain-an). I have nothing to back that up. Just an idea that has remained in the back of my mind for a long time.

  3. Tim Wheeler says:

    The book of the Upright/Just Man (The book of Jasher) gives the account of the arrow, and the hunting accident, Tubal Cain died at the hand of Lameach that day as well. The book of Jubilee, states that his house fell on him and he was killed by the stones of it. The scriptures in Genesis 4:23-24 would support the Book of Jasher’s accounting of this and Genesis 4:23-24 would support the Book of Jasher.

    What we do not hear or learn about the whole Cain and Abel incident is that Abel was as much at fault in his death as Cain was. He was impeding on Cain’s crops with his herd and when Cain told him to leave his portion of the land, he antagonized Cain, causing him to react. After Cain killed Abel and realized what he had done, he was extremely remorseful and regretted his actions as a result of his temper.

  4. Q says:

    Was vain and his descendants larger than average humans? I say this because it is plausible that arrow head was the very top of the spear of destiny. Just pondering

  5. Ingeborg Haddox says:

    I read the same in The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden. Everyone is just too literal in interpretation of these ancient texts! These are highly metaphoric works, as is most all of very ancient histories/myths. They all have deeper meanings if you have the eyes to see them and ears to hear them that relate very universal truths. For example… when it says that Adam and Eve began “wearing animal skins”, it means when they became more fleshly and less astral, or spirit in form. Another example, when it says that “Abraham went into his tent to pray”, it is saying that he went into himself, his mind, for there is our dwelling. We need to also remember that many very popular and highly esteemed works and books at the time were excluded from the canonized versions of what we call “the Bible”(s), resulting in these works becoming marginalized and lost to us.

  6. KEK says:

    If Cain were still alive, could he not repent and except Jesus Christ as his savior, salvation, promised to all that repent?

  7. Carlo De Pinto says:

    Here are my three reasons referring to Cain & Lamech:

    In one of my conversations with my wife, she stated that it was mentioned somewhere that Cain had been killed. I was shocked to hear that and asked: “does it say that in the Bible?” She replied: “no, I read it somewhere”. She found the website where she read it and sent it to me. I was shocked after I read its content. It reminded me of a piece of Swiss cheese: full of holes.
    I can offer three reasons from the bible as to why Cain could not have been murdered by Lamech or anyone else.
    1. The Lord ordered that Cain will not be killed:
    Ge 4:15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. (God made sure that no one would kill Cain).

    2. To kill Cain would have gone against God’s command as stated above. Therefore whoever killed Cain would have committed “murder”. How does God considers murder and murderers?

    3. In your excerpt by: Megan Sauter 05/23/2018, it states the following about how Lamech might have killed Cain and you (or rather the author of the article: John Byron), concluded by stating; “In this version of events, how did Cain die? Like an animal. Justice is served.”
    This is perverted justice. Justice especially for Cain, indeed for all of us justice belongs to God: therefore if Lamech or anyone killed Cain would have gone against God’s will:
    Ro 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
    Ro 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
    Ro 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
    In conclusion: John Byron himself states; “in the Bible, we will not find a definite answer” and, “…but the Bible is strangely mute about his death.” (Cain’s) This should have been the total content of the Book that John Byron wrote in question as to who killed Cain.
    We are told in the Bible to focus on the written word: “De 29:29 The secret [things belong] unto the LORD our God: but those [things which are] revealed [belong] unto us and to our children for ever, that [we] may do all the words of this law.” In other words Cain’s death in which ever end, is only God’s right to know not ours.
    Do people actually spend time and money in buying and reading such books? They would do much better to read the Bible themselves to find the truth. As Christ Himself states:
    Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
    Does Mr. John Byron believe that by stating that Lamech was ‘blind’ or accidently’ will make the killing of Cain by Lamech plausible? Where does Mr. Byron get the idea that Lamech was blind or that it was accidently?
    The excerpt itself states: Simply because Gen. 4: 23-24 states that Lamech had killed a man, v. 23 how does he make a colossal; massive; gigantic leap in assuming that, that man was Cain? Where is the evident; where are the facts to substantiate such a claim?

    Furthermore in v.23 Lamech refers to the man that he killed as a “a young man”. By this time Cain had had a son: Enoch; a grandson: Irad; a great grandson; mehujael; a great, great grandson: methushael; and a great, great, great grandson: who was Lamech! By this time would Cain still be “a young man?” Did Lamech kill his great, great, great grandfather? One must be a fool to believe and waste his/her time on such fable.
    The root question in dealing with such an imaginary tale: “Did Cain Get Away with Murder?’ is preposterous because Cain was dealing with God! Therefore, in dealing with God, no one can get away with anything, and God made sure that Cain would not be killed by man’s hands!
    Consider the fact that Cain was under a curse from God:
    Ge 4:11 And now [art] thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
    Ge 4:12 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.
    Is death any worse that his curse from God? How does Cain feel about his curse?
    Ge 4:13 ¶ And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment [is] greater than I can bear.
    Ge 4:14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; …
    Is death any worse that his curse from God?


  8. Carlo De Pinto says:

    Hi Megan Sauter

    I will send you three reasons as to why Cain could not be killed but had to die a natural death.




  9. E says:

    I believe it’s possible that Cain is still alive. After all he carries the mark of the convenant that God made with and to him.

  10. SR says:

    He’s still alive!

  11. Gino says:

    Wow that sounds like the biggest BS of all times

  12. Stewart Hardy says:

    According to research I followed, Cain was born from Enki and Eve and Abel was born of Adam and Eve. Enki had another wife named Nin-Kursag and they were geneticists from Nibiru in the Pleiadian system, WOW! ☺️

  13. Donald Grenier says:

    Cain married a six day creation Adam and Eve were told not to eat of the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil the tree of life was God. They did survive the flood. They are known as Kenites.God told Noah take 2 of all flesh. This is how we still have all the ethnic groups on the earth and God said it was good

  14. Waller says:

    Read the Second book of Eden and as a second witness the book of Japher. I believe both explain the death of Cain and way the remark of Lamech was made. He was not boasting he was making a comment about how he was cursed.

  15. bud gates says:

    If u want to know where Cain get his wife read day 6 says god created the races day 8 he created Adam a day is. Like. A thousand years an a thousand years is like aday to the lord therefore the races had at least a thousand years to populate

  16. edwardo tapia says:

    When God told Eve and Adam that they are not allowed to eat the fruit of the Tree of Life, He was giving them their first law. They decided to violate that law. That made them “violaters of the orders from God” or “violent people”. John Byron calls Cain a “violent person.” I ask “what was he violating by killing his brother Abel?”. Had he been instructed otherwise? Did he have a trial, in which the circumstances could be examined? Is it possible that he saw it as an acceptable blood offering? When Abraham was submitting to instruction from God to sacrifice Isaac, would completion of that instruction have made him a violent person? To say that Cain was violating the Mosaic law, would make it redundant in Moses time, unlell time is irrelevant.

  17. Chevyluvr57 says:

    The real question is after Cain and Abel were born now theres only 4 people on the world how did Cain have children and grand children?

  18. Gene R says:

    Eve was “the mother of everyone living” (Genesis 3:20). During the course of Adam’s life (930 years) he “became father to sons and daughters” (Genesis 5:4). Cain married a sister or possibly a niece.

  19. Baz says:

    Cain never died.
    There is no scripture to say he did, and several supporting arguments to validate this. The worst punishment for the father of murder was to watch the seed of his wrath grow through the ages. And to always be pushed into the heart of mans greatest conflicts. He was marked, placed above death. To suffer more than even Adam and Eve. No rest, no reprieve, no death.
    The men Cain feared in genesis were nephalim.
    There was time that passed before Cain killed Able, and defiant angels roamed the earth and lay with Adams children. So these half-bred men were more than average. But so too was Adam and his line. If this is not supported (and I mean by ALL scripture, it’s not a salad bar. You cannot remove what you do not like because it goes against the business model for “big church”, yes that’s why the cannons were invented by man) then please discuss.

  20. Wisdom says:

    Where did cain meet his wife and who gave birth to cain’s wife? i understand that Adan and eve were the first and the only human in the garden of eden, which makes cain and abel the second human on earth. Hope you understand and can opinionrise on this knowledge seeking question.

  21. Mitch says:

    God did not promise Cain he would not be killed. Only who ever killed him would be punished 7 fold. The mark was a sign to let people know they would be held accountable for killing Cain.

  22. Sessh says:

    For all those saying Jubilees, Jasher and Enoch are not inspired works, all three of these books were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls which means they were used extensively in Qumran. All three books are also the only three of many books of God that are referenced to in scripture, but have been lost or rejected by man once found.

    Jasher is referenced in 2 Samuel 1:18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.) and Joshua 10:13 (Is it not written in the Book of Jasher? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.) If both Samuel and Joshua referenced the book, it means they considered it to be Holy Scripture unless you are calling these men of God liars.

    The book of Enoch’s influences on the New Testament are numerous. It is referenced to in the epistle of Jude and some of it’s concepts taught by Peter in reference to the fallen angels both of which were almost left out of the NT because of these references. It was considered inspired for hundreds of years and was written before the time of Yeshua as evidenced by it being found at Qumran.

    The fact remains that humans have been corrupting the scriptures for centuries by adding to, subtracting from and modifications of existing scriptures to make them say things they were not intended to say. This is fact and easily uncovered. God has allowed tests and falsehoods to be put into his Word in order to test people knowing that the ones who truly hear him will be able to separate the wheat from the chaff. He does not want us to be gullible and careless to believe anything just because it has “Holy Bible” written on the front and if one does that, they have allowed themselves to be deceived in many ways already. There are dozens and dozens of different “versions” of scripture that say different things, so obviously, they cannot all be the Word of God. God’s children will love him enough to sort through it all to find what is true and what is lies.

    This world is ruled by fallen angels and their influence with God’s blessing just as God allowed Satan to test Job, but Satan was never allowed to do anything God did not approve of. The same is as the world is now where Satan, through humans, corrupt the Word of God at every turn (the abomination of the Masoretic text for starters which has been added to, subtracted from and changed to include the commandments of men) to deceive almost everyone on the face of the earth and he has succeeded. Organized religion and it’s teachings leads to destruction and is of man, not God. The truth is much, much deeper than that.

    Blessings. 🙂

  23. C says:

    If the mark supposedly made it so no one could kill cain in revenge, that being such an out their thing and doesn’t even seem humanly possible. The mark was obviously a punishment not a gift, so isn’t it just as likely the mark was meant to keep him alive forever to watch all the corruption and murder he caused, atleast until the second coming.

  24. Moses says:

    Adam and Eve were created in the East (garden of Eden). Then God sent Cain towards the East. Someone clarify this. Where is East from the East on the map? To me the earth being spherical and not flat, the East of East lands you in tge West.

  25. Brent Dawes says:

    Well Megan, To start with Lamech is Cain’s great great great grandson. Do you not think that he would recognise him? And why do you think Cain would wound his great, great, great grandson, Lamech(verse 23)? God put a mark on Cain so that no one would kill him mistakenly that alone his own kin. And God cursed Cain, Genesis 4:15 “And the Lord said to him, “Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him (nkjv). The ancestry of Cain ran through his veins and obviously his temper too as he says, in verse 23 “Then Lamech said to his wives: “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; wives of Lamech, listen to my speech! For I have killed a man for wounding me, even a young man for hurting me. If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.”” Lamech believed if anyone tried to kill him for what he had done ,namely he wounded a man (not Cain), they would be cursed more than anyone who tried to kill Cain. That’s all that can be said from the Genesis account any thing else is pure speculation.

  26. billt39 says:

    I have been subscribing for only two weeks, and I’ve seen enough to come to the conclusion that it is time to leave. I cannot support a site whose entire purpose is to peddle sources that have no basis in God’s Word, only man’s prideful interpretation. All I see is presentation of work that is intended to open the eyes of those who want to know what the Bible REALLY says, yet only use speculation and spin to elevate our pride. Scripture alone interprets Scripture!
    It’s in our sinful nature to doubt the Word of God when it doesn’t make sense, but you cannot add to Scripture to have it soothe your conscience. Most of the premises of these books can easily be refuted by teenagers who have a basic understanding of God’s Word–it’s that obvious.
    Throughout history, we have been deluded by “false prophets” who simply reiterate “Did God really say that”?,or ” But that’s obviously not what He meant”. We grasp these interpretations at our eternal peril. It’s a slippery slope, and Satan drools when he sees it. Our sinful curiosity overwhelms us, and we get farther and farther away from His love and grace. I pray that many of you regular commenters see the Light and start questioning for the right reasons.
    I’m not going to give any credence to this deception. Farewell.

  27. Tiredoffakechristians says:

    Wow some if you are crazier than dragon chasing rabbits…..

  28. Observer says:

    KEN son of EOCHU (ESAU) alias ALPIN son of ACHAY (HABRAICHINA)
    KEN alias CON/COIN was CAIN


  29. Kurt says:

    The son of Methushael and a descendant of Cain. (Ge 4:17, 18) His lifetime and Adam’s overlapped. Lamech had two wives, Adah and Zillah, at the same time and is the first polygamist of Bible record. (Ge 4:19) By Adah he had sons named Jabal, “the founder of those who dwell in tents and have livestock,” and Jubal, “the founder of all those who handle the harp and the pipe.” (Ge 4:20, 21) By Zillah, Lamech became the father of Tubal-cain, “the forger of every sort of tool of copper and iron,” and a daughter named Naamah.—Ge 4:22.

    The poem that Lamech composed for his wives (Ge 4:23, 24) reflects the violent spirit of that day. Lamech’s poem ran: “Hear my voice, you wives of Lamech; give ear to my saying: A man I have killed for wounding me, yes, a young man for giving me a blow. If seven times Cain is to be avenged, then Lamech seventy times and seven.” Evidently Lamech was presenting a case of self-defense, pleading that his act was not one of deliberate murder, like that of Cain. Lamech claimed that, in defending himself, he had killed the man who struck and wounded him. Therefore, his poem stood as a plea for immunity against anyone desiring to get revenge against him for killing his attacker.

    It appears that none of Cain’s descendants, which would include Lamech’s offspring, survived the Flood.

  30. Yoki says:

    Satan fornicated with Eve & she had twins…….Able & Cain.The proof is as you read the scriptures
    God pointed at Satan and said…I will put enmity between your (offspring) and Eves (offspring).
    Cain is the son of the wicked one & the more you read you can see by what Jesus said in order
    to make sense….In fact Cain is the Anti-Christ….Scripture reads as Jesus said to the Pharisees,
    You are like your father for he was a Liar & a Murderer from the beginning(Cain killed Able).
    Remember God put a mark on Cain so that no one can kill him & in fact the Anti-Christ as the
    Bible states therefore he is a MARKED MAN who will raised the dead and perform miracles just
    as Jesus did. Jesus stated we will have the( MARK OF THE BEAST)

  31. Shane Roach says:

    In my understanding, the real lesson of Lamech is that the wicket take God’s mercy and interpret it as a blessing for licentiousness. This is as it is written in Psalm 50:21, “thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself….”

  32. dadzs says:

    God’s servants today put their interest, first of all ,in knowing God and God’s will for them to do, for that is the meaning of loving God first..Mark 12:29,30;Jhn 17:3; Matt 7:21…Knowing who killed Cain is of little interest for sincere Bible students who is seeking a close and meaningful relation with his Creator. Besides, they are content with God’s penalty given to Cain for his misdeed recorded at Genesis 4:10-16, instead of putting their own very human imperfect sense of perfect justice above that of God’s. . . .Knowing God and the doing of his will is of utmost importance to any who desires to have an everlasting life here on a paradisaic earth,soon, when the present wicked system of things by man will be completely eradicated by God..Dan.2:44.. Yes, confusion abounds today because there are multitudes of individuals and organizations talking and teaching about God and about the Bible,but in quite different tone from each other. So people are confused and got discouraged as to what really is the truth about God and the Bible,REALLY! ! !. No wonder people retired from God and religion ,and turn materialistics and all mundane pursuits of life of what they perceived as a short and transient existence. Very effective strategy of the Devil of keeping people away from God ,his truth and real life. Descontentment, disappointments, discouragements, confusions and hopelessness about God’s truth and religion, played very well into the hands of the Devil. BUT GOD has his own way, if one is just humble enough to have a heart ready enough to be taught by God.His provision for honest people and humble enough to seek Him? THIS: He promised the dying Moses that He was going to send someone like him, to teach the people of the ULTIMATE TRUTH about himself,and he decreed that people must listen to this prophet that he was going to send into the earth in order to teach people the the way of true worship of the true God ,amid many imitation teachers about God,for people truly seeking God and his way,not to be mislead. … Deut.18:18,19; Matt 17:5; Jhn 14:6: 8:31,32…The prophet that he promised like Moses proved to be Jesus which he anointed with his holy spirit, the messiah, or Christ. He came to teach us the way to God by means of the truth about God,,Jhn anyone seeking God’s,truth and desires to come to an accurate knowledge about God, must listen to Jesus only as His SEND ONE to teach us about his God and Father as to how to worship God in an acceptable way or manner.But since Jesus is no longer here with us now, we have the inspired written word of God,the Bible,to enable us to know God. 2Tim 3:16,17; Jhn,17:3..Find out; WHAT THE BIBLE REALLY TEACH???..TRUTH can be known if we let the Bible speak to us,instead of speaking for the Bible….Let the Bible be the final arbiter as to what really is God’s truth, all other source is just a referrals,but the Bible must be the ULTIMATE ANCHOR in seeking God’s truth…..this site is of great help in answering your personal Biblical

  33. Kimberly says:

    SL, you could interpret Genesis as “men were created on 6th day”. But Adam was created AFTER the 7th day, after God rested. Adam, because he would be the progenitor of Jesus, was special. Adam was the beginning of the “priestly” cast, the order of Melchezidek as told in the book of Hebrews. Adam was first, and Jesus is the “last priest after the order of Melchezidec.” His family line is distinct from the rest of the world. “And God created them male and female and called THEIR name, Adam. In other words, the Adamites were a whole tribe of people, separate and distinct from the rest of the world. I know this is not what is commonly taught by pastors today. Which is why we must all read the scriptures ourselves very carefully. Adam and Eve were not the only people on earth. They were the first of the priestly cast.

  34. Kimberly says:

    Observer, I do not believe Cain was Chinese. However, Cain was exiled to the “land of Nod in the east” which I believe was China or Mongolia. There he took a wife. She may have been Chinese or a Mongol. There are clues in the Mongol names, such as Khan, which may be derived from Cain. Cain was a nomadic wanderer, murderer, and a robber. He raided villages and pillaged everything. This may be why Genghis Kahn rose to be such a tyrant and raider of villages.

    There was an archaeological find in China a few years ago, the (Caucasian) Mummies in the Taklamakan Dessert/Tarim Basin, which is “east” of the Fertile Crescent. There we see Caucasians were buried with Asians. The tallest of the male mummies believed to be the leader of this particular tribe had a strange tatoo along side his face. A mark? The mark of Cain? As were others in the tribe carried this mark. These mummies are between 5500 and 7000 years old.

    Also, there is archaeological evidence that the Sythians, who were Caucasian, traded and fought along side the Mongols in battle as tombs were found in Mongolia of Sythian warriors.

    Remember, the Bible is not about the rest of the world, but about “one man’s family”, the family of Adam to Noah to Abraham to Jacob, to Jesus.

  35. Kimberly says:

    In The Forgotten Books of Eden, Adam and Eve, chapter 13, verses 7-13, It tells the story of how Lamech, who was blind, accidently killed Cain with an arrow mistaking him for a wild animal or a robber. The youth (a grandson of Cain) that was with Lamech was his eyes. The youth told Lamech to shoot. Lamech struck Cain in the side with an arrow. When the youth realized they had killed his grandfather, Cain, Lamech became embittered and killed the youth.

  36. SL says:

    What I want to know is, if Cain and Abel were sons of Adam, where did all these other people come from to whom Cain would be an outcast? If we all came from Adam, there is no explanation for this.

  37. Observer says:

    Cain was CHINA.
    Cain was CHINESE.
    Epicanthic Fold is THE MARK of CAIN.

  38. Michael Alston says:

    I am very curious about this book( jasher)is

    this a part of the original book of scriptures please give me some feedback

  39. Arthur says:

    Cain committed murder, but the lesson of Cain is that no one is beyond redemption. The Deity gave him a way to gain forgiveness and it appears he followed that way to obtain forgiveness. He named his son Enoch (Hanoch in Hebrew) which means “dedicated.” His grandchildren bore the names of Mehujael, which means “Struck by God,” and Methusael, which means “(He) Who is of God.”

    Therefore, it seems clear that Cain had repented of his crime and dedicated his children and grandchildren to the Deity. Therefore, Cain obtained salvation from God.

  40. allan stirling brown says:

    The Lord placed a mark on Cain so he wouldn’t be killed…an example of forgiveness. ..He may have lived a productive and fulfilling life and then died of old age

  41. Efrain says:

    The book of Jasher is not holy scripture. We would have to assume Cain died an old man.

  42. Eric says:

    OK, nice story, but what about the mark of Cain, that God had put upon him that NO ONE shall kill him?
    Is God a liar?

  43. dongszkie says:

    it’s a waste of time to make assertions on things we do not have proof, and above all has no bearing with our salvations. .that habit could only loose a lot of speculations that could mislead one from God’s truth.

  44. pst. prince says:

    No doubt married one of his sisters but another account noted that he was killed when his house built of stone fell on him! Thus he killed his brother Abe with stone and received righteous judgement of being killed by stone. . …a divine accident

  45. Victor D Easley says:

    The Book of Jasher Chapter 2
    26 And Lamech was old and advanced in years, and his eyes were dim that he could not see, and Tubal Cain, his son, was leading him and it was one day that Lamech went into the field and Tubal Cain his son was with him, and whilst they were walking in the field, Cain the son of Adam advanced towards them; for Lamech was very old and could not see much, and Tubal Cain his son was very young.

    27 And Tubal Cain told his father to draw his bow, and with the arrows he smote Cain, who was yet far off, and he slew him, for he appeared to them to be an animal.

    28 And the arrows entered Cain’s body although he was distant from them, and he fell to the ground and died.

    29 And the Lord requited Cain’s evil according to his wickedness, which he had done to his brother Abel, according to the word of the Lord which he had spoken.

    30 And it came to pass when Cain had died, that Lamech and Tubal went to see the animal which they had slain, and they saw, and behold Cain their grandfather was fallen dead upon the earth.

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