Codex Junius 11 HTML version

Liber I.17
(ll. 1002-1005) Then the Lord of glory spake unto Cain, and asked where Abel
was. Quickly the cursed fashioner of death made answer unto Him:
(ll. 1006-1008) "I know not the coming or going of Abel, my kinsman, his lot or
portion; I was not my brother's keeper."
(ll. 1008-1021) And the Gracious Spirit, Lord of angels, made answer unto him:
"Why hast thou slain that faithful man thy brother in thy wrath, and his blood
calleth and crieth unto Me? Accursed for ever, driven into exile, thou shalt be
punished for this deed of death! The earth shall not yield thee of her pleasant
fruits for thy daily need, but by thy hands her soil is stained with holy blood.
Therefore the green earth shall withhold from thee her beauty and her delights. In
sadness and dishonour shalt thou depart from thy home, because thou hast slain
thy brother, Abel. Loathed of thy kinsmen, an exile and a fugitive, shalt thou
wander on the face of the earth."
(ll. 1022-1035) And Cain made answer unto Him: ...."I need not look for pity in
this world, High King of heaven, for I have lost Thy love and favour and goodwill.
Weary the ways my feet must wander, in dread of woe, whenever one shall meet
me in my guilt, near or far, and by his hate remind me of my brother's death. I
shed his blood and poured his life-blood on the ground. From this day hast Thou
cut me off from good! Thou scourgest me from home! Some cruel foe shall slay
me. And I must needs go forth, accursed, from Thy sight, O Lord!"
(ll. 1036-1043) And the Lord of victory said unto him: "Thou needest not yet
dread death, nor the pangs of death, though thou shalt wander, far from kinsmen,
with thy doom upon thee. If any man shall slay thee with his hands, on him shall
fall a seven-fold vengeance, and torment for that deed of sin."
(ll. 1043-1054) And God, the Lord of glory, set a mark upon him and a token, lest
any foe from far or near should dare to lift his hand against him; and He bade him
go forth in his guilt from mother and kinsmen and from all his tribe. Then with
despairing heart, a friendless exile, Cain departed out of the sight of God, and
chose a home and dwelling in the eastern lands, far from his father's house; and
there a comely maiden bare him children after his kind.
(ll. 1055-1073) Enoch was first-born of the sons of Cain. He built a city with his
kinsmen, the first of all those strongholds under heaven which sword-girt men
established; and in the city sons were born to him. Irad was first-born of the sons
of Enoch; and he begat children, and all the tribe and race of Cain increased.
And after Irad Mahalaleel was warden of the treasure, in his father's stead, until