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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  2. Peggy and chad Parker says:

    Thanks for answering my question…It did help.

  3. Edward J. LaForge says:

    I understand the story of cain & abel! what I can’t understand is where their wives came from?????

  4. Cynthia Perras says:

    Your answer is perfect! I accept it entirely. I would add that it was ok then, but not now, to marry a sibling for several reasons. The objections today include the creepiness and immorality of it, but a the reason society prohibited intermarriage was because clearly terrible aberrations and transmutations occurred — evidence of resulting awful diseases or deformations long before they knew anything about genetics and the reasons for them. But, because the gene pool was so pure at the beginning; also, since siblings lived so long, there could have been an entire generation between a son and his wife, it wouldn’t have been weird like,, e.g., siblings 4 years apart being intimate. Over time, the gene pool got polluted from interbreeding.

  5. Khari says:

    This is one set of rubbish. Don’t be sidetracked by this? This is another proof that all of this is nothing but mythology. The bible is a book of myths used to control people gullible enough to accept this nonsense as any truth. When something cannot be explained, we are told to just accept it as truth because some man said to. Religions are only control mechanism with no means of proving any of it.

    1. Angela Conley says:

      Dear Khari,

      Until now, and reading about the purity of the offspring from Adam and Eve, hadn’t thought about the wives. My question to you is if you believe the Bible to be only mythology why did you read this and comment? There are so many other questions anyone should be asking themselves and that is where will I spend my eternity. Pray about this and focus on your eternity. My prayer for you is that God will show you in a mighty and loving way why His Word is Truth. Jesus is Truth. The Holy Spirit is Truth. One day I was so much in a dismal state and had been severely depressed for years, but I cried out and said “Jesus if I am to believe in You then You need to show me why.” My life changed forever.

  6. siwela discan says:


    1. Dee Dee says:

      You received the answer. You just didn’t want to hear it. They were their sisters. Maybe if you listened more and commented less than you and the other person that agrees with you can learn and know that religion and spirituality are 2 different things. God is real and if you don’t believe that then you both better hope in the end that you’re right. Good luck and God bless.

    2. SATYAJIT MONDAL says: