By   •   January 21, 2010   •   Topics: ,


Where did Adam and Eve's sons get their wives? I've heard people talk about this for years, but I've never heard anyone give a clear answer.


The Bible doesn’t say where Adam and Eve’s first two sons — Cain and Abel — got their wives, although it does tell us that Cain and his wife had at least one child (Enoch). The usual assumption is that Cain and Abel married their sisters. (Later this was forbidden by the Old Testament, but was necessary at the beginning of the human race.)

Don’t be sidetracked by questions like this, however — because the story of Cain and Abel is an important one, and has many lessons to teach us. (You can read it in the fourth chapter of Genesis.) Cain, the Bible tells us, became angry at his brother because God had accepted Abel’s sacrifice but rejected Cain’s sacrifice, because Cain was selfish and his heart wasn’t right before God.

Over time Cain’s anger grew, and eventually he killed his brother — thus committing the first murder. God asked him where his brother was, and his reply has echoed across the centuries: “I don’t know…. Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9). Heartless and totally wrapped up in himself, Cain became the ancestor of all those through the ages who have lived by violence instead of brotherly love.

The story of Cain and Abel, however, points to an even greater truth — and that is the reality of human sin. Like a deadly cancer, sin invaded the human race with Adam and Eve, and brought evil and conflict in its wake. But Christ came to reverse all that — and it begins in our lives right now as we yield ourselves to Him. Has this happened in your life?

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  1. Ed Tijerino says:

    Why did God make us so sinful?

  2. theresa alornyo says:

    I want to know more about creation.

  3. Barbara says:

    Thank you for clarifying this question which I’ve heard asked time and time again.

  4. Marjorie Wilkinson says:

    Yes. I am trying to live my life each day as I feel God wants me to. I strive to be more like Jesus every day. Knowing I cannot BE without sin, I still try to not bring sin onto and/or into myself. Prayer, studying, accepting God has forgiven me all my sins in the past and will continue to do so as I raise my face unto Him asking for forgiveness and voicing my love and thankfulness for Him. I am truly blessed.

  5. Adewale Adeagbo says:

    I really want to know more of God. Need Him to be with me in a clearer and audible version. I really need direction of God in my life.

  6. Sammie Mclemore says:

    There are many things in the Bible that we may not understand, but God gave us a way in which we might have a way to sit down and ask God ourselves and that was through his son Jesus Christ. When we take Jesus to be our Lord and Savior, that gives us the chance to sit down with God and ask him ourselves. That is the reason we have the Bible. One day I will be there but I don’t think I will care. It’s like you being told that an airplane will fly if we are in it. You can’t be sure till you get on it!

  7. Michael Barnwell says:

    Not impressed by God’s grand scheme. First of all, if God knew inbreeding was going to be a problem he wouldn’t have come up with a scheme that like he did. Instead of creating one couple he could have created several couples and advise against inbreeding. Making several couples would have made a lot more sense; if one couple sinned at least there would be the others. Another important point to note is that God didn’t seem to learn anything from the inherent problems with incest. He repeated the same mistake with Noah and his family after the Flood. There would have been lots of incestuous unions in the post-flood generations. Fortunately, this entire discussion is academic since the creation story is a myth.

    1. Mark Hoernecke says:


    2. Guybush Threepwood says:

      Inbreeding wasn’t a problem or considered taboo initially as humans were diffferent genetically. It wasn’t until the earth was populated enough to where inbreeding wasn’t required that God commanded the practice to end.

    3. The word says:

      God did not make a mistake, regardless they would have been of the same kind. God created man in His image, it’s only one lineage. If Christ is related to Adam, then you and me today are, which makes us kin. But we are not direct kin. Sin has corrupted humans and spoiled perfection but God’s plan will show us perfection.