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First Epistle to the Corinthians

Translated by Charles H. Hoole, 1885.


4:1 For it is thus written: And it came to pass after certain days, that Cain brought of the fruits of the ground a sacrifice to God, and Abel brought also of the firstlings of the sheep and of their fat.

4:2 And God had respect unto Abel and unto his gifts; but unto Cain and his gifts he had no regard.

4:3 And Cain was grieved greatly, and his countenance fell.

4:4 And God said unto Cain, Why art thou very sorrowful, and why hath thy countenance fallen? If thou hast rightly offered, but hast not rightly divided, hast thou not sinned?

4:5 Hold thy peace; thy gift returneth unto thee, and thou shalt be master over it.

4:6 And Cain said unto Abel, Let us pass over into the field. And it came to pass while they were in the field, Cain rose up against Abel his brother and slew him.

4:7 Ye see, brethren, jealousy and envy wrought the slaughter of a brother.

4:8 Through envy our father Jacob fled from the face of his brother Esau.

4:9 Envy caused Joseph to be persecuted unto death, and to enter into bondage.

4:10 Envy compelled Moses to flee from the face of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, because he heard his countryman say, Who made thee a judge or a decider over us? Wilt thou kill me, as thou didst the Egyptian yesterday?

4:11 Through envy Aaron and Miriam pitched their tents without the camp.

4:12 Envy brought down Dathan and Abiram alive to the grave, because they contended against Moses, the servant of God.

4:13 Through envy David suffered jealousy not only of foreigners, but was persecuted also by Saul, king of Israel.

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