| Hurlbut's Story of the Bible|
|by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut|
|A book which stands in such honor as the Bible should be known by all. And the time when one can most readily obtain a familiarity with the Bible is in early life. Those who in childhood learn the Story of the Bible are fortunate, for they will never forget it. In this unabridged and unedited edition you will find all the principal stories of the Bible, each one complete in itself, while together combining to form a continuous narrative. With 168 stories from both the Old Testament and the New Testament, there is ample material for a full year of reading. Ages 6-12 |
THE FIRST BABY IN THE WORLD, AND HIS BROTHER
Genesis iv: 1 to 18.
O Adam and his wife went out into the world to live
and to work. For a time they were all alone, but
after a while God gave them a little child of their
own, the first baby that ever came into the world.
Eve named him Cain; and after a time another
baby came, whom she named Abel.
When the two boys grew up, they worked, as their father
worked before them. Cain chose to work in the fields, and to
raise grain and fruits. Abel had a flock of sheep and became a
While Adam and Eve were living in the Garden of Eden, they
could talk with God, and hear God's voice speaking to them. But
now that they were out in the world, they could no longer talk
with God freely, as before. So when they came to God, they
built an altar of stones heaped up, and upon it they laid something
as a gift to God, and burned it, to show that it was not their own,
but was given to God, whom they could not see. Then before
the altar they made their prayer to God, and asked God to forgive
their sins, all that they had done that was wrong; and prayed God
to bless them and do good to them.
Each of these brothers, Cain and Abel, offered upon the altar
to God his own gift. Cain brought the fruits and the grain which
he had grown; and Abel brought a sheep from his flock, and killed
it and burned it upon the altar. For some reason God was pleased
with Abel and his offering, but was not pleased with Cain and his
offering. Perhaps God wished Cain to offer something that had
life, as Abel offered; perhaps Cain's heart was not right when he
came before God.
 And God showed that he was not pleased with Cain; and
Cain, instead of being sorry for his sin, and asking God to forgive
him, was very angry with God, and angry also toward his brother
Abel. When they were out in the field together, Cain struck his
brother Abel and killed him. So the first baby in the world grew
up to be the murderer of his own brother.
CAIN KILLS HIS BROTHER ABEL
And the Lord said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?"
And Cain answered, "I do not know; why should I take care
of my brother?"
Then the Lord said to Cain, "What is this that you have done?
Your brother's blood is like a voice crying to me from the ground.
Do you see how the ground has opened, like a mouth, to drink
your brother's blood? As long as you live, you shall be under
God's curse for the murder of your brother. You shall wander
over the earth, and shall never find a home, because you have
done this wicked deed."
And Cain said to the Lord, "My punishment is greater than
I can bear. Thou hast driven me out from among men; and thou
hast hid thy face from me. If any man finds me he will kill me,
because I shall be alone, and no one will be my friend."
 And God said to Cain, "If any one harms Cain, he shall be
punished for it." And the Lord God placed a mark on Cain, so
that whoever met him should know him, and should know also
that God had forbidden any man to harm him. Then Cain and
his wife went away from Adam's home, to live in a place by
themselves, and there they had children. And Cain's family built a
city in that land; and Cain named the city after his first child,
whom he had called Enoch.
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