Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

The LORD said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.”

~ Genesis 4:9-11, New International Version

[Painting: Cain and Abel, by Titian, 1542-44, oil on canvas, Museum Santa Maria della Salute, Venice; click to enlarge]

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