GENESIS 4:16

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.”

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Genesis 4:16 Translation & Meaning

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And Cain קַ֖יִן Cain, the first son of Adam; Kajin, the name of a place in Palestine, and of a Middle Eastern tribe Cain
went out וַיֵּ֥צֵא To go (causatively, bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proxim out
from the presence מִלִּפְנֵ֣י The face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.) presence
of the Lord, יְהוָ֑ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
and dwelt וַיֵּ֥שֶׁב Properly, to sit down (specifically as judge. in ambush, in quiet); by implication, to dwell, to remain; causatively, to settle, to marry dwelt
in the land בְּאֶֽרֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) land
of Nod, נ֖וֹד Nod, the land of Cain Nod
on the east קִדְמַת The forward part (or relatively) East (often adverbially, on the east or in front) east
of Eden. עֵֽדֶן׃ Eden, the region of Adam's home Eden

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  • 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; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

  • 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.

  • 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.




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