Questions Answered – Who was Cain's wife?


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This article is part of the ‘Questions Answered’ series.

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There’s a question which has always puzzled me about creation and the Book of Genesis.  If we all came from Adam and Eve and there were no others on the earth, who was Cain’s Wife?
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Hello and thanks for your question. Yes it can be a bit of a puzzling question simply because your absolutely right, we all did come from Adam and Eve which is biblical fact, so who did Cain marry and have a family with? The simple answer is, that it was either one of his sisters or one of his nieces and yes, I know what you think, but let me give you some facts for a full explanation.
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1.  Adam and Eve had already fallen allowing sin to enter the heart of man.
2.  The Law of Moses had not yet been given explaining the laws of marriage etc.
3.  God said to Adam and Eve to go forth and multiply, so they didn’t just a have three children but many.
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Quite simply, Adam and Eve would have had many children so in all likelihood it would have been a sister or a niece which Cain took as a wife.  God’s design had already been altered now because of sin meaning he would have to give mankind a Law to govern the institute of marriage, which would come later in history. For the time being though, there were two main bloodlines, a righteous bloodline (the sons and daughters of God) through Adam and Eve’s son Seth and an unrighteous and sinful people (the sons and daughters of men) through their fallen son Cain.  Also there would have been Adam and Eve’s other children, either marrying in the righteous or unrighteous bloodlines, creating mixed marriages further muddying the gene pool altering forever God’s perfect plan for man. So again, Cain would have married one of these offspring.
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I must admit, I’m not an Old Testament expert but knowing the answers to some of these major questions is a real benefit to any Christian, so hopefully giving this fuller picture has given you a complete answer. God bless and thank you.
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Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to open a Christian Children’s Home in his home town and write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.