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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.

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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.
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And in the fifteenth year of the life of Adam, Cain2 was born to him, and also his sister Calmana. Fifteen years later, Abel was born to him, and also his sister Delbora. Then in the hundred and thirtieth year of his (that is of Adam's) life, Cain slew Abel, and Adam and Eve mourned for him a hundred years, and then Seth was born to him in the thirtieth year of the first Chiliad, that is to say of the first age.3 . CH. IV.—Cain becomes a Wanderer. CATS the husbandman, grieving that his own offerings were rejected, while those of Abel were not, slew his brother, although for the action he was reproved by the Lord, and destined to be punished by a sevenfold4 sin. Subsequently he was made a vagabond and a houseless man upon the face of the earth, after he had been cursed by the Lord. CH. V.—The Descendants of Cain. CATS knew his wife Calmana, and she brought him forth Enoch; Enoch begat Irad; Irad begat Mamael ; 6 Mamael begat Matusael ; Matusael begat Lamech ; Lamech had two wives, to wit, Adah and Zillah. By Adah he had a son named Jabaal;6 by Zillah he had Tubalcain and Naamah. This Lamech was the first man who introduced bigamy ; and when he had slain a man to his wounding, and a young man in his envy, he foretold to his wives that on this account there was a seventy-fold punishment due to him.7 2 The date of Cain's birth as at present believed, and inserted in the margin of the Bible, is the year after the Creation of the World, viz. 4003. Abel's birth is supposed to have followed immediately ; the death of Abel is by the same authority placed in the year 3875. 8 This is not very plain ; the year of Seth's birth is usually given as 3769 B.C., 235 A.M., and, by the account of our author himself, it would be the two hundred and thirtieth, or thirty-first of Adam's life. * This seems to refer to Gen. iv. 15. " And the Lord said unto Cain, therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold." See note on chap. v. * The name in the Bible is Mehujael. * The Bible tells us that Adah had two sons, Gen. iv. 20, 21. "And Adah bare Jabal ; he was the father of all such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. And bis brother's name was Jubal ; he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ/1 7 This refers to Gen. iv. 23, 24. " And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice ; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech ; for I have slain a roan to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt : if Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and seven fold."


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