Adam to Noah

Worcestershire Pilgrimage

Genesis 4 Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. Abel was a ‘keeper of sheep’ and Cain was a ‘tiller of the ground’; the original pastoral and arable farmers. When The Lord apparently didn’t respect Cain’s work as much as Abel’s, Cain got angry and jealous and killed Abel and when God asked where he was he said the famous line “I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” He seemed to forget he was trying to fib to God, who then said he’d be punished by a curse from the ground, where he spilled his brother’s blood.

When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the…

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