Where Did Cain Get His Wife?

In Genesis 4:16, the Bible states: "Then 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 bore Enoch. And he built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son-Enoch."

First, notice that the text does not say that when Cain went into the land of Nod he married a wife there. It states that Cain knew his wife, which implies the sexual relationship.

Second, notice in Genesis 3:20, the Bible states: "And Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living." Adam and Eve were the only two human beings that God had created. It is by implication that we understand that Cain's wife must have come from the lineage of Adam and Eve.

Third, we learn from Genesis 5:3: "And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were eight hundred years; and he had sons and daughters." Therefore, Cain must have married one of Adam's daughters or granddaughters.



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