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What Does the Bible Say About … CAIN’S WIFE?

If you are mad at someone or they are mad at you are you supposed to avoid communion?

Where Did Cain Get His Wife?

Let us see who are mentioned in the Scriptures to be on the earth around Cain’s time.

Gen 1:1-2 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”  NIV

Gen 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”  NIV

Gen 3:1 “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made.  He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”  NIV (We know that the serpent refers to the devil. See Rev. 12:9)

The main characters are all mentioned here: God, the creator, Adam and Eve, and the devil, the evil one who usurped Adam’s authority of our planet.

Now there are also the following characters:

Gen 4:1-2 “Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.  She said, “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man.”  Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.”  NIV

Two of the descendants from Adam and Eve were Cain and Abel.  The count seems full, but is it?

Right after Cain’s punishment by God he moves to the land of Nod and the first thing mentioned in the Bible that Cain does is Gen 4:17 “Cain lay with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch.”  NIV

Where does that wife come from?  When did the wedding take place?  Is she an alien from outer space? Not at all.

We need to remember that often times in the Bible genealogies mention only the men, not the women.  In the New Testament we see some women being included in genealogies, but not in the Old Testament.  Read through Genesis and you will notice that only some of Eve’s sons are mentioned, but never is there a mention of a daughter being born to her, although she had daughters, which is conformed in the following two texts:

Gen 3:20 “Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.”  NIV


Gen 5:4 “After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters.” NIV

Cain must have married his sister, as there was no one else on our planet, except God and the devil.  The people inhabiting our planet in Cain’s life were all immediate and secondary descendants from Adam and Eve.

Now one may ask if this (Cain marrying his sister) isn’t incest.

If our civilization were to be raised out of one single pair (Adam and Eve), it would be unavoidable of such closely related marriages.

The notion of incest seems to evolve as the consequences of sin seem to expand through the world.  At first, incest was referred to sexual relationships between parents and children.  Later on, it was extended to relationships among siblings.

By the time the Pentateuch was written, the laws covered all kinds of incest (see Lev 18:7-17; 20:11-12,14,17,20-21; Deut 22:30; 27:20,22,23), covering incest with a dad, a mom, a stepdad, a stepmom, a brother, a sister, a half brother, a half sister, a grandson, a granddaughter, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, an uncle, an aunt or a brother’s wife.

Note though that before Moses’ time, Abraham married his half sister (Gen 20:12 “Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and she became my wife.”); Amram (Moses’ dad) married his father’s sister (his aunt) named Jochebed (Ex 6:21 “Amram married his father’s sister Jochebed, who bore him Aaron and Moses”.  NIV) and it was never reported as incest.  Close inbreeding in Ancient times was without any serious or genetic damage.  However, today genetic damages are quite high.  Could it be the effect of us not having to the tree of life (see Gen 3:22-24; Rev.  22:2) , as well as the degenerative consequences of sin?

No matter the reasons, we know that we have been bought back from sin through Jesus’ Christ, who came to die on our behalf, so that we would not face eternal death.  He is the one who makes a difference in people’s lives.  To have access to this promised life, you need to accept Him into your heart.  He wants you to be his friend.  Why don’t you do so now by answering His call at

Rob Chaffart


She was probably his sister…Women weren’t mentioned. but I bet she was sister.


As Ken Ham says: this is an extremely common question, yet it has a very obvious answer.

Adam and Eve had many children, not just Cain, Abel and Seth, but girls, too. Genetics were perfect in the beginning.

Today, you and your siblings have the same genetic defects that have accumulated thru generations. These defects are the result of direct sunlight radiation (the earth was created with total cloud cover), free radical oxygen molecules (the earth started with at least 30% oxygen content in the atmosphere), pollution (caused by mankind) and other factors we have not figured out yet.

It is unwise to marry your sister or brother today because of familial dominant and recessed genes. In other words, the odds of cerebral palsy (for one) are greatly increased in the child born from incest.

Finally, all the other people that started cities in Genesis were the results of the people following God’s first commandment to men and women: Be fruitful and multiply. If you read the genealogies in Genesis, you will quickly see that the families were usually quite large.

Todd Shilt