Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Where did Cain get his wife?

The Bible does not specifically say where Cain got his wife. The only possibilities are that she was one of his sisters or a niece. She had to have been a relative of his. Mankind lived very long back then, thus they were able to have multiple children and the earth was populated fairly quickly. 

We do not know how old Cain was when he got married or how many children Adam and Eve had. The Bible records: 
“Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had other sons and daughters” (Genesis 5:4). 
Since Adam and Eve were the first humans, their children would have to intermarry. No doubt God accounted for this, and the genetic problems that come today from marrying a close relative would have been absent back then. In fact, God did not forbid intermarriage in the Bible until the book of Leviticus. The world was different in the years following the creation. Remember, Adam was related to his wife Eve as well, being that she was formed from his rib.

There are those who ask this question in an attempt to discredit the Bible. Some assume that Cain, Abel and Seth are the only children Adam and Eve had. Just because their other children are not listed by name, does not mean that they did not have any others. 

The earth was already populated enough by Adam and Eve’s children and grandchildren, that after Cain killed Abel, he was afraid for his life wherever he went.
"Behold, You have driven me this day from the face of the ground; and from Your face I will be hidden, and I will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me." (Genesis 4:14).
Remember, mankind lived 800+ years during this time. One would imagine that the length of time they were fertile would have been longer as well. Long lives, good health and a long period of fertility would have resulted in a fast growing population. It would be easy for Cain to have had sisters or nieces that he had never even met before.

It may seem strange or taboo to think of marrying a sibling or close relative, but our world now is much different from when it was in its infancy following the creation.

By Cliff Sabroe (Quotes from NASB95 Bible)