1 A Psalm of Asaph. The God of gods, the Lord has spoken, and he has called the earth, from the rising of the sun even to its setting,
2 from Zion, the brilliance of his beauty.
3 God will arrive manifestly. Our God also will not keep silence. A fire will flare up in his sight, and a mighty tempest will surround him.
4 He will call to heaven from above, and to the earth, to discern his people.
5 Gather his holy ones to him, you who order his covenant above sacrifices.
6 And the heavens will announce his justice. For God is the judge.
7 Listen, my people, and I will speak. Listen, Israel, and I will testify for you. I am God, your God.
8 I will not reprove you for your sacrifices. Moreover, your holocausts are ever in my sight.
9 I will not accept calves from your house, nor he-goats from your flocks.
10 For all the wild beasts of the forest are mine: the cattle on the hills and the oxen.
11 I know all the flying things of the air, and the beauty of the field is with me.
12 If I should be hungry, I would not tell you: for the whole world is mine, and all its plentitude.
13 Shall I gnaw on the flesh of bulls? Or would I drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer to God the sacrifice of praise, and pay your vows to the Most High.
15 And call upon me in the day of tribulation. I will rescue you, and you will honor me.
16 But to the sinner, God has said: Why do you discourse on my justices, and take up my covenant through your mouth?
17 Truly, you have hated discipline, and you have cast my sermons behind you.
18 If you saw a thief, you ran with him, and you have placed your portion with adulterers.
19 Your mouth has abounded with malice, and your tongue has concocted deceits.
20 Sitting, you spoke against your brother, and you set up a scandal against your mother's son.
21 These things you have done, and I was silent. You thought, unjustly, that I ought to be like you. But I will reprove you, and I will set myself against your face.
Genesis 4:1-15, 25
1 Truly, Adam knew his wife Eve, who conceived and gave birth to Cain, saying, "I have obtained a man through God."
2 And again she gave birth to his brother Abel. But Abel was a pastor of sheep, and Cain was a farmer.
3 Then it happened, after many days, that Cain offered gifts to the Lord, from the fruits of the earth.
4 Abel likewise offered from the firstborn of his flock, and from their fat. And the Lord looked with favor on Abel and his gifts.
5 Yet in truth, he did not look with favor on Cain and his gifts. And Cain was vehemently angry, and his countenance fell.
6 And the Lord said to him: "Why are you angry? And why is your face fallen?
7 If you behave well, will you not receive? But if you behave badly, will not sin at once be present at the door? And so its desire will be within you, and you will be dominated by it."
8 And Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let us go outside." And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and he put him to death.
9 And the Lord said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" And he responded: "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?"
10 And he said to him: "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to me from the land.
11 Now, therefore, you will be cursed upon the land, which opened its mouth and received the blood of your brother at your hand.
12 When you work it, it will not give you its fruit; a vagrant and a fugitive shall you be upon the land."
13 And Cain said to the Lord: "My iniquity is too great to deserve kindness.
14 Behold, you have cast me out this day before the face of the earth, and from your face I will be hidden; and I will be a vagrant and a fugitive on the earth. Therefore, anyone who finds me will kill me."
15 And the Lord said to him: "By no means will it be so; rather, whoever would kill Cain, will be punished sevenfold." And the Lord placed a seal upon Cain, so that anyone who found him would not put him to death.
25 Adam also knew his wife again, and she gave birth to a son, and she called his name Seth, saying, "God has given me another offspring, in place of Abel, whom Cain killed."
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