Search billions of records on Ancestry.com
   
Open Bible  Comments written in brown text are my own; those written in blue are quotes from the New Living Translation of the Bible.
 
 

Descendants of Cain

........ 2   Cain
              b: Aft. 100, Bef. 230
              d: Unknown
.........  + Cain's Wife (Unknown)
              b: Unknown
              d: Unknown
 

The name "Cain" (kay-in) sounds similar to the Hebrew word for "bring forth" or "acquire" (kay-nah). Adam and Eve "brought forth" or "acquired" their first son.  Cain later murdered his younger brother Abel in a fit of jealousy. (Genesis 4:8) Ironically, the name Cain is also related to the word for "strike" and "spear."

In a way reminiscent of when his parents were banished from Eden years earlier for their sin, God banished Cain from his land for his crime (Cain was a farmer). Cain went to settle in a place called Nod, east of Eden. It may not have been a specific place so much as a condition of life, since the word "Nod" means "wander."

He later built a city (the first one recorded in the Bible), and called it Enoch, after his son.

In the list of Cain's descendants below "ben" is the standard Hebrew way of saying "descendant of."

................... 3   Enoch ben Cain
                              b: Unknown
                              d: Unknown
.........................  + Enoch's Wife (Unknown)
                              b: Unknown
                              d: Unknown

Enoch means "to discipline; to train up, to initiate." In other words, Cain wanted Enoch to be raised to be like him. Considering Cain's history, this was unfortunate to say the least. Seth also had a descendant named Enoch, who was trained in quite a different way.

.............................. 4   Irad ben Cain
                                     b: Unknown
                                     d: Unknown
.........................        + Irad's Wife (Unknown)
                                    b: Unknown
                                    d: Unknown

......................................... 5   Mehujael ben Cain
                                               b: Unknown
                                               d: Unknown
.........................                   + Mehujael's Wife (Unknown)
                                               b: Unknown
                                               d: Unknown

.................................................... 6   Methushael ben Cain
                                                          b: Unknown
                                                          d: Unknown
.........................                              + Methushael's Wife (Unknown)
                                                          b: Unknown
                                                          d: Unknown

.............................................................. 7   [1] Lamech ben Cain
                                                                          b: Unknown
                                                                          d: Unknown
....................................................................   +Adah (1st wife)
                                                                          b: Unknown
                                                                          d: Unknown

Lamech is the first man recorded as having two wives. This is another sign of the downward spiral of humankind, especially as seen in the line of Cain.

Lamech said to his wives,
 Adah and Zillah, "listen to me;
wives of Lamech, hear my words.
 I have killed a man for wounding me,
a young man for injuring me.
   If Cain is avenged seven times,
then Lamech seventy-seven times." (Genesis 4:23-24)

It seems that Lamech thought a lot of himself . . . and very little of others.

......................................................................... 8   Jabal ben Cain
                                                                               b: Unknown
                                                                               d: Unknown
....................................................................        + Jabal's Wife (Unknown)
                                                                               b: Unknown
                                                                               d: Unknown

        Jabal was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock.

......................................................................... 8   Jubal ben Cain
                                                                               b: Unknown
                                                                               d: Unknown
....................................................................        + Jubal's Wife (Unknown)
                                                                               b: Unknown
                                                                               d: Unknown

        Jubal was the father of all who play the harp and flute.

..................................................  *2nd Wife of [1] Lamech ben Cain:
..................................................................    +Zillah
                                                                        b: Unknown
                                                                        d: Unknown

......................................................................... 8   Tubal-Cain ben Cain
                                                                               b: Unknown
                                                                               d: Unknown
....................................................................        + Tubal's Wife (Unknown)
                                                                               b: Unknown
                                                                               d: Unknown

        Tubal-Cain forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron.

......................................................................... 8   Naamah ben Cain
                                                                               b: Unknown
                                                                               d: Unknown
....................................................................        + Naamah's husband (Unknown)
                                                                               b: Unknown
                                                                               d: Unknown

This is the first time a sister is specifically mentioned in any recorded family. Her name means "pleasantness." It is likely that she is mentioned because pleasantness had been in very short supply in the line of Cain.
 
 
 

Follow me to the next part of Biblical genealogy Follow the monk to the Biblical lineage after Noah.
 

Back to Adam's & Eve's lineage  Back to Adam's & Eve's lineage
 


Iron Mail: the Pony Express with attitude.Give your e-mail messages to the Blue Knight. It WILL get through!
 

La Mancha virtual home page Pepe le Pew: Warning! This is a real stinker. Yosemite Sam: We're a bit ornery, but loveable! I guess we're all a little Daffy. Adam to Noah
These are some of the quests I give to. Perhaps you would like to also.
La Mancha
Genie Allergy
Odle and Related Families
Parnell and Related Families
Biblical Genealogy
Quixote's Favorite Charities

This web site created by:
Michael Odle

Original materials copyrighted and may not be sold or used for profit in any way, but may be copied for personal use only by permission of web site author. Copyright © 1999 Michael A. Odle