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1ST BOOK OF ADAM AND EVE 78
And Abel prayed to God to accept his offering.
Then a divine fire came down and consumed his offering.
And God smelled the sweet savor of his offering;
because Abel loved Him and rejoice in Him.
And because God was well pleased with him,
He sent him an angel of light in the figure of a man who had partaken of his offering,
because He had smelled the sweet savor of his offering,
and they comforted Abel and strengthened his heart.
Yet Cain was looking on all that took place at his brother's offering,
and was angry because of it.
Then he opened his mouth and blasphemed God,
because He had not accepted his offering.
Yet God said to Cain,
"Why do you look sad?
Be righteous, that I may accept your offering.
Not against Me have you murmured, yet against yourself.
And God said this to Cain in rebuke,
and because He abhorred him and his offering.
And Cain came down from the altar, his color changed and with a sad face,
and came to his father and mother and told them all that had befallen him.
And Adam grieved much because God had not accepted Cain's offering.
Yet Abel came down rejoicing, and with a gladsome heart,
and told his father and mother how God had accepted his offering.
And they rejoiced at it and kissed his face.
And Abel said to his father,
"Because Cain shoved me from the altar, and would not allow me to offer my gift on it,
I made an altar for myself and offered my gift on it."
Yet when Adam heard this he was very sorry,
because it was the altar he had built at first,
and on which he had offered his own gifts.
As to Cain, he was so resentful and so angry that he went into the field,
where Satan came to him and said to him,
"Since your brother Abel has taken refuge with your father Adam,
because you shoved him from the altar,
they have kissed his face, and they rejoice over him, far more than over you."
When Cain heard these words of Satan, he was filled with rage;
and he let no one know.
Yet he was laying wait to kill his brother,
until he brought him into the cave, and then said to him,
"O brother, the country is so beautiful,
and there are such beautiful and pleasurable trees in it,
and is charming to look at!
you have never been one day in the field to take your pleasure in that place.
Today, O, my brother,
I very much wish you would come with me into the field,
to enjoy yourself and to bless our fields and our flocks,
for you are righteous, and I love you much, O my brother!
Yet you have alienated yourself from me."
Then Abel consented to go with his brother Cain into the field.
Yet before going out, Cain said to Abel,
"Wait for me, until I fetch a staff, because of wild beasts."
Then Abel stood waiting in his innocence.
Yet Cain, the forward, fetched a staff and went out.
And they began, Cain and his brother Abel, to walk in the way;
Cain talking to him, and comforting him, to make him forget everything.
The First Book of Adam and Eve CHAPTER FORTY FIVE