Who was Cain's wife?

Where did she come from?

Cartoon of three men on an island IF SKEPTICS SPENT AS MUCH TIME SEARCHING for God as they spend trying to find Cain's wife, the world would be a much better place.

“Who was Cain's wife?” is one of the most-asked questions about the Bible and Christianity, yet sadly many Christians are unable to answer it.

So whether you are a Bible skeptic who really wants to know the answer, or a Christian who doesn't know the answer but would like to, we will tell you who Cain married and where she came from.

Adam and Eve's children

The problem of where Cain got his wife is only a problem if you don't know what the Bible says. If you have only a superficial knowledge of the Bible you may think the Bible says that Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, had only two sons — Cain and Abel.

But the book of Genesis tells us that, besides Cain and Abel, Adam and Eve had other sons and daughters (Genesis 5:4). Jewish tradition teaches they had 33 sons and 23 daughters. (Remember that Adam lived 930 years, so he and Eve had plenty of time to have 56 children!)

When God created Adam and Eve, He blessed them and said, “Be fruitful, and multiply” (Genesis 1:28). To get the population started and to multiply, at least one of Adam and Eve's sons had to marry one of their daughters. It is likely that in the first generation all marriages were between brother and sister. Living so close to the time of the perfect creation, no genetic problems would yet have developed, so no harm would have come from such close marriages. God had no need yet to institute laws against close marriages.

By the time of Moses, nearly 2600 years later, many biological problems had accumulated, which made marriage between close relatives dangerous because of the risk of deformities in the children. So laws were given against marriage between very close relatives (Leviticus 20:11-20) and are still in place today.

We are not told how old Cain was when he went out to build his city (Genesis 4:17). But Bible commentators have estimated that at least 120,000 people could have been alive on earth within only a few hundred years. So Cain probably had quite a lot of women to choose from for a wife.

If he married early in his life, his wife would have been his sister. If he married late, it could have been one of his countless relatives.

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