This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in Genesis 4, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.
Once upon a time, there were two brothers named Cain and Abel. Abel took care of the sheep, and Cain worked on the ground. One day, they both brought offerings to God. Abel brought the first and best of his flock, and Cain brought some of his crops. God was happy with Abel’s offering, but not with Cain’s. Cain became very angry and sad.
God asked Cain, “Why are you feeling this way? If you do what is right, I will accept you. But if you do not do what is right, sin is waiting at your door to take control over you. You need to master it.” Unfortunately, Cain did not listen. One day, while they were in the field, Cain attacked Abel and killed him.
God asked Cain, “Where is your brother, Abel?” But Cain lied and said he didn’t know. God knew what had happened and said, “I hear your brother’s blood crying out to me from the ground. You will be cursed from the earth and will become a wanderer on the earth.” Cain was very sad because his punishment was too much for him to bear.
But God was still merciful and put a mark on Cain so that no one could harm him. Cain went away and had many children, and they had many children too. One of his descendants was a man named Lamech, who boasted about taking revenge on someone who hurt him.
Adam and Eve had another son named Seth, and he had a son named Enosh. At that time, people started to call on the name of the Lord.
- We should always give our best to God and not be jealous of others.
- We should control our anger and not let sin take over us.
- We should tell the truth and not lie, even when we make mistakes.
- God is merciful and just, but we should still face the consequences of our actions.