Have you ever wondered where Cain’s wife came from? Have you, like me, sat thru church services listening to different explanations for her existence but you never quite agreed? I have given over a month’s time in thought to this. After studying the Bible passages over and over, I finally think I have come to a conclusion that makes more sense to me than what I have heard before.
Chapter 4 of Genesis states that “Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. ….Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.” I believe there is one word here that is the most important word to understanding this mystery. The word LATER…… ‘LATER she gave birth to his brother Abel.’
We have all been taught to believe that there was ONLY Adam, Eve, Cain, and Abel. But the Bible is not definitive in that assumption. It is entirely possible that there was a great span of time between Cain and Abel. The Bible NEVER states that there were no children born between Cain and Abel. It simply states, Eve had Cain and later she had Abel. It does not tell us how much LATER that was. Maybe it was 400 years later. There is no way to know.
What I do know is that even God acknowledged that there were others around when in verse 15 of Chapter 4 He states, “Not so; if ANYONE kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over. And so the Lord put a mark on Cain so that NO ONE who found him would kill him.” So logic then leads me to believe if there were no other human beings on the earth at that time, this conversation between God and Cain would not have taken place. The only people around to kill Cain under that assumption would have been his parents, Adam and Eve. So that simply cannot be the case. There were others, and the only way for the others to come into existence would have been thru Adam and Eve and then for those offspring to continue to have offspring. And hence we have a pool of people from which the wife of Cain would come from. So therefore those facts lead me to believe that the wife of Cain was a relative – maybe a sister or a niece or a cousin.
The other way I can justify my reasoning is if I look into Chapter 5 of Genesis and follow the family line of any of the people listed you can see that the Bible only picks out certain individuals at certain times. For example, Seth was 105 years old when he became the father of Enoch. Do you honestly believe that Seth didn’t have ANY children prior to being 105 years old? The Bible is only listing the person in Seth’s line that would eventually lead to the birth of Christ. Just as the only two “important” children of Adam and Eve that would make it to the Bible were Cain and Abel even though we know from the Bible that there were other children born to them, because it states they had “other sons and daughters”, but you don’t know anything about them because they were not the focus for the information that God wanted to reveal to us thru His word.
So Cain’s wife is not really a mystery. The bigger mystery to me is who would have agreed to marry him knowing he was a murderer and had some kind of a “mark” that would designate him as such.