GENESIS 4:17

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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.”

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Genesis 4:17 Translation & Meaning

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And Cain קַ֙יִן֙ Cain, the first son of Adam; Kajin, the name of a place in Palestine, and of a Middle Eastern tribe Cain
knew וַיֵּ֤דַע To know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.) knew
his wife; אִשְׁתּ֔וֹ A woman wife
and she conceived, וַתַּ֖הַר To be (or become) pregnant, conceive (literally or figuratively) conceived
and bare וַתֵּ֣לֶד To bear young; causatively, to beget; medically, to act as midwife; specifically, to show lineage bare
Enoch: חֲנ֑וֹךְ Chanok, an antediluvian patriach Enoch
and he builded בֹּ֣נֶה To build (literally and figuratively) builded
a city, עִ֔יר A city (a place guarded by waking or a watch) in the widest sense (even of a mere encampment or post) city
and called וַיִּקְרָא֙ To call out to (i.e., properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications) called
the name שֵׁ֣ם An appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character name
of the city, הָעִ֔יר A city (a place guarded by waking or a watch) in the widest sense (even of a mere encampment or post) city
after the name כְּשֵׁ֖ם An appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character name
of his son, בְּנ֥וֹ A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) son
Enoch. חֲנֽוֹךְ׃ Chanok, an antediluvian patriach Enoch

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  • 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.

  • 19  And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.




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