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Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2002 12:53:10 -0400 (EDT)
From: Michael Straight 
Subject: RE: (urth) Tracking Song

On Mon, 3 Jun 2002, Dan'l Danehy-Oakes wrote:

> Genesis 4:14 
> 	But the LORD said to him, "Not so; if anyone kills Cain, 
> 	he will suffer vengeance seven times over." Then the LORD 
> 	put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill 
> 	him.
> Okay, this is a little ambiguous ... the two statements may
> be taken as related in (at least) two different ways:

> 2) the mark in some way directly prevents anyone who finds Cain
>    from killing him.

I don't see how that can be a plausible reading, given the bit attributed
as a direct quote from God.  If Cain is given some sort of divine
protection that makes it impossible for people to kill him, it would be
pointless to say that anyone who does kill him will suffer vengeance seven
times over.



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