Cain killed his brother Able and he had to admit his mistake to God. God declared to Cain, “Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth”. Cain reasoned that more people would come into existence later in his lifetime, and that there was a good chance that they would rise up against him. They would not just merely curse and swear at him, they would try to kill him. Cain had been a farmer, but now that God had put a curse on the ground which would prevent him from making a living, so he was really troubled. Cain was not just worried that other people would think he was a murderer, he was also worried because he was the one that had caused the ground to be cursed that many people would hate him. Cain knew that the curse on him would become a curse on others as well and that all future farmers would encounter difficulty reaping the crops they had sown in their fields, no matter how hard they would work. Cain felt that they would eventually resort to vengeance against him because he had caused them all this trouble.
God gave Cain an indelible mark, which was a tattoo of a cross, that was marked on Cain’s forehead. Everyone understood that the cross was a sign of God’s salvation, so nobody messed with Cain after he was marked. Cain took comfort in knowing that if anyone killed him, that they would be punished in a way that was seven times worse than the punishment that he received. Cain did not know that this sevenfold vengeance, which God had decreed against him, was a curse that would endure for seven generations, when Cain would eventually be killed by Lamech, one of his ancestors.
After Cain was born, but before Abel was born, Adam and Eve had a daughter, who they named Awan. After Abel was born, but before he was killed, Adam and Eve had twin daughters named Candy and Sugar. Adam and Eve told Cain that he was to marry Awan because he was their oldest son and she was their oldest daughter. Cain told his parents that he wanted to marry his sister Candy, because she was the most beautiful of his sisters. Cain was not happy about the decision that his parents made, but he obeyed them, because they convinced him how much Awan loved him and that he would be much better off having a wife who showed her love towards him. Cain had intercourse with his wife, and she conceived and gave birth to Enoch. Cain became the founder of a city and he gave the city the name of his son Enoch. Enoch fathered Irad, and Irad fathered Mehujael, Mehujael fathered Methushael, and Methushael fathered Lamech and Lamech fathered Jabal.
Cain became the first engineer and he tried to immortalize his name by creating monuments, which he called cities. The cities that he built were walled in towns that were more like protected encampments, which allowed him to enjoy a measure of rest and peace. By surrounding himself and his family inside of a wall, Cain felt that he was secure from the eyes of God. Cain and Awan had six more sons and seven daughters, which seemed to be a perfect family for them, as they now had a son to marry everyone of their daughters. After Cain built Enoch, he founded six other cities and he named them after his other sons. Cain wanted each of his sons to have their own home, but he also wanted his family to stay together, so he invented trade. Cain devised a system of measures and weights, because he wanted to eliminate arguments and keep things fair and honest.
Things were finally looking up for Cain, in spite of the divine curse that was placed on him, which prevented Cain from growing crops. Having these seven cities allowed Cain to abandon his nomadic life of a hunter-gatherer. Once his family began to grow, Cain was able to obtain food by engaging in barter and trade with other farmers and he started selling some of his game to them. Cain was still a wanderer, traveling constantly between the seven cities that he founded and as his family increased in size, however the murder that he committed started bothering him more and more.
Many years later, Cain was out hunting in the woods one day when he stumbled upon a wall, which he followed around to a river. Cain thought he had discovered a hidden city and he felt like he should try to do anything to get inside this wall and investigate what was going on in this concealed city. Cain saw that this wall was much greater than any of the ones that he had erected around his cities. Cain finally noticed an opening where the wall rose over a river, so he swam under the wall in that spot. Cain did not realize that he was inside the Garden of Eden and he wondered where all the people of this city were.
Cain saw a gigantic tree and he tried to climb it, so he could get a better view. Cain did not get very far as he slipped and he found himself stuck in the roots of this tree. He was being held prisoner by the roots that penetrated his flesh and winded around his arms and legs. Cain was stuck in this tree for two days, until he recognized his mother Eve approaching with another man, his younger brother Seth who he had never met. Eve said, ‘You know that you are not supposed to be in the Garden. I guess some people never learn.’ Cain felt shame when his mother said that to him, so when they helped him to break free from the tree roots, he ran quickly out of the Garden of Eden without even taking the time to say thanks. After this, Cain began to wonder around the woods constantly, becoming increasingly more senile. He liked to place a horn on his head and he would pretend that he was a unicorn.
Cain’s great-great-great-grandson Lamech married two women, Adah and Zillah. Adah gave birth to Jabal and he became a tent dwelling herdsmen. His brother’s name was Jubal and he invented the harp and the flute. Zillah gave birth to Tubal-Cain and he worked with copper. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah and she liked to sing. Lamech was the first man to have two wives, which was a dramatic change for the institution of marriage.
Lamech lost his sight from old age, but he still enjoyed hunting, so his son Tubal-Cain, the seventh generation from Cain, had to lead him around. Tubal-Cain would alert his father when game came in sight, and he also helped Lamech to aim, so he could shoot the prey with his bow and arrow. One day Tubal-Cain saw something horned out in the distance that he took to be a beast of one kind or another, but it was actually Cain. Lamech bent his bow, placed an arrow in it and after Tubal-Cain lined his father up with the target, and then he told the blind Lamech to let his arrow fly. His aim was good, and the prey dropped to the ground. When the animal screamed out in pain, Tubal-Cain said to Lamech, ‘Shoot again, it is coming this way.’
Lamech shot again with his arrow and he hit what he thought was a wounded animal charging at him. Then Lamech fitted a stone in his sling, when he heard the animal stumbling through the nearby bushes. He wound up his arm and he flung the stone from his sling, which landed square in Cain’s face, knocking out both of his eyes. Cain fell down and died and this was a fitting end that he had been killed by a stone, because he had used a stone to kill Abel. As they approached the kill, Tubal-Cain exclaimed, ‘Father, you have killed something that resembles a human being in all respects, except it carries a horn on its forehead!’ Lamech knew at once what had happened, he had killed his ancestor Cain, and now he would receive God’s vengeance.
Lamech went home and he said to his wives, ‘Adah and Zillah, hear my voice, wives of Lamech, listen to what I say. I killed a man today that was protected by God and I will have to pay a sevenfold vengeance for killing my ancestor Cain, but I will put a seventy-sevenfold curse on anyone that tries to kill Lamech.’ Did Lamech think that he had the same power that God has and that his curse would actually ever work? He may have had more success putting a curse on all mankind, saying that from now on every child would be born completely naked. Lamech made a mistake and he should have asked for God’s forgiveness, but he only thought about his life and he never considered his soul, so he was drowned in the flood with all of the other sinners.
Written for Linda G Hill Life in progress January 7, 2018 #JusJoJan Daily Prompt is Indelible by Ruth Image & Word.
If you want to read the beginning of this story, follow this link: https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/the-story-of-cain/
If you want to know what Eve was doing in the Garden of Eden, well that is another story.