How did Cain find a wife, if Adam and Eve's only children were two boys?

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Where did Cain get his wife?

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The Bible tells us that Adam and Eve had daughters as well as sons. If Cain 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.

Cartoon of three men on island.Cain and Abel were not the only children of Adam and Eve, even though many people think so.

Genesis 5:4 says Adam and Eve had other sons and daughters, and 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!)

To get the population started, of course, at least one of Adam and Eve's sons had to marry one of the 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 have developed yet, so no harm would have come from such close marriages. And so God had no need yet to institute laws against such marriages.

By the time of Moses, 2600 years later, many biological problems had accumulated, which made marriage between close relatives dangerous, so laws were given against it 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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