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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Cain 
  n  :  Cain  and  Abel  were  the  first  children  of  Adam  and  Eve  born 
  after  the  Fall  of  Man;  Cain  killed  Abel  out  of  jealousy 
  and  was  exiled  by  God  [syn:  {Cain}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Cain 
  a  possession;  a  spear.  (1.)  The  first-born  son  of  Adam  and  Eve 
  (Gen.  4).  He  became  a  tiller  of  the  ground,  as  his  brother  Abel 
  followed  the  pursuits  of  pastoral  life.  He  was  "a  sullen, 
  self-willed,  haughty,  vindictive  man;  wanting  the  religious 
  element  in  his  character,  and  defiant  even  in  his  attitude 
  towards  God."  It  came  to  pass  "in  process  of  time"  (marg.  "at 
  the  end  of  days"),  i.e.,  probably  on  the  Sabbath,  that  the  two 
  brothers  presented  their  offerings  to  the  Lord.  Abel's  offering 
  was  of  the  "firstlings  of  his  flock  and  of  the  fat,"  while 
  Cain's  was  "of  the  fruit  of  the  ground."  Abel's  sacrifice  was 
  "more  excellent"  (Heb.  11:4)  than  Cain's,  and  was  accepted  by 
  God.  On  this  account  Cain  was  "very  wroth,"  and  cherished 
  feelings  of  murderous  hatred  against  his  brother,  and  was  at 
  length  guilty  of  the  desperate  outrage  of  putting  him  to  death 
  (1  John  3:12).  For  this  crime  he  was  expelled  from  Eden,  and 
  henceforth  led  the  life  of  an  exile,  bearing  upon  him  some  mark 
  which  God  had  set  upon  him  in  answer  to  his  own  cry  for  mercy, 
  so  that  thereby  he  might  be  protected  from  the  wrath  of  his 
  fellow-men;  or  it  may  be  that  God  only  gave  him  some  sign  to 
  assure  him  that  he  would  not  be  slain  (Gen.  4:15).  Doomed  to  be 
  a  wanderer  and  a  fugitive  in  the  earth,  he  went  forth  into  the 
  "land  of  Nod",  i.e.,  the  land  of  "exile",  which  is  said  to  have 
  been  in  the  "east  of  Eden,"  and  there  he  built  a  city,  the  first 
  we  read  of  and  called  it  after  his  son's  name  Enoch.  His 
  descendants  are  enumerated  to  the  sixth  generation.  They 
  gradually  degenerated  in  their  moral  and  spiritual  condition 
  till  they  became  wholly  corrupt  before  God.  This  corruption 
  prevailed,  and  at  length  the  Deluge  was  sent  by  God  to  prevent 
  the  final  triumph  of  evil.  (See  {ABEL}.) 
 
  (2.)  A  town  of  the  Kenites,  a  branch  of  the  Midianites  (Josh. 
  15:57),  on  the  east  edge  of  the  mountain  above  Engedi;  probably 
  the  "nest  in  a  rock"  mentioned  by  Balaam  (Num.  24:21).  It  is 
  identified  with  the  modern  Yekin,  3  miles  south-east  of  Hebron. 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Cain,  possession,  or  possessed 
 




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