What Is The Mark Of Cain?

Q. God bless you and your family. I cannot thank The Lord enough for you and your ministry and service to the Lord and His people. May He increase His grace and blessings to you. Having said this, what can you tell me about the mark of Cain?

A. The mark of Cain is mentioned in Genesis 4:15. It was apparently a visible mark that God used to warn others not to kill Cain as he wandered outside the Garden after killing Abel. The Bible tells us that Adam and Eve had other sons and daughters after Cain and Abel (Genesis 5:4) and some of them may have wanted to avenge Abel’s death.

Through out history there have been attempts to describe this mark, often in a way that’s derogatory to others, but since the Bible says nothing more about it they are all products of man’s imagination. It’s one of those things that God didn’t feel a need to explain, meaning that it’s of no significance to us.

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