Cain’s Wife

A question that is common when reading Genesis is this: where did the people of Nod come from? The land of Nod is mentioned after Can murders Abel and is punished by the Lord. But, where did these people come from?


First, we have to remember that the Bible is the story of Jesus. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation (BF&M2000). SO, this tells us there is a focus, and if the information does not have to do with the focus, then it is omitted. It is omitted because it is not important for our Salvation, which comes through Jesus Christ.


Second, we can make an educated decision as to how these people came into existence. In order to do this, we must look logically at a few points made in Genesis. Let’s start with the punishment of Eve. In Genesis 3:16, God says: “I will intensity your labor pains; you will bear children with painful effort.”  Logically this punishment is only a punishment IF Eve had known labor as painless, which would mean that Eve had given birth to children other than those named in the Bible.


Take this thought process and proceed to Genesis 5. In verse 3-5:

Adam was 130 years old when he fathered a son in his likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth. Adam lived 800 years after he fathered Seth and he fathered other sons and daughters. SO Adam’s life lasted 930 years; then he died.

Notice that there is no mention of Cain or Abel in this account. Why? Because we trace the lineage of Jesus back to Seth. Remember, the Bible is about Jesus. So there is no record of Adam’s children other than Seth, and a brief mention of those through the line of Cain.


Scripture doesn’t tell us how many children were born to Adam and Eve, but considering their long life spans (Adam lived for 930 years—Genesis 5:5), it would seem logical to suggest there were many. Remember, they were commanded to “be fruitful, and multiply” (Genesis 1:28).


So what does this mean? Obviously it means that Cain was related to the people of Nod, and yes that means he was related to his wife. This seems strange in today’s time, but things were different back then. It makes perfect sense, being as Adam was the first man, Eve was the first woman, and in order to make more generations it would have to work in this manner.


For more reading on this, check out Answers in Genesis article:


In Christ,

Pastor Jacob