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Genesis 4 (Bereshit) Outline

Now we begin the third section of Genesis. Bereshit 6 is “The Story of Cain and Abel” This short section begins and ends with the birthing of children. In between them are revealed the occupations of the first two children. The murder of one by the other and G-d’s judgment against the murderer. From there, we see the continuous downward trend of the murderer’s family. However, the section ends with the birth of the righteous Seth and Enosh.

vv.1-2 The Birth & Occupations of Cain and Able
vv.3-8 The Murder of Able
vv.9-16 The Murder Sentence
vv.17-22 The Descendants of Cain
vv.23-24 Lamech’s Song
vv.25-26 The Birth of Seth and Enosh