尺寸：47.28 x 70.85 cm
Title: Genesis 4
Dimension: 47.28 x 70.85 cm
The "Genesis" series consists of 50 works, corresponding to the 50 chapters of the Bible's Genesis.
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4:1 亚当和他的妻子夏娃同房，夏娃就怀孕，生了该隐，就说：“借着耶和华的帮助，我得了一个男儿。”4:2 她又生了该隐的弟弟亚伯。亚伯是牧羊的，该隐是种地的。4:3 有一天，该隐把地里的出产拿来，当作礼物献给耶和华。4:4 亚伯也把自己羊群中一些头生的，和羊的脂油拿来献上。耶和华看中了亚伯和他的礼物；4:5 只是没有看中该隐和他的礼物。该隐就非常忿怒，垂头丧气。4:6 耶和华对该隐说：“你为甚么忿怒呢？你为甚么垂头丧气呢？4:7 你若行得好，岂不可以抬起头来吗？你若行得不好，罪就伏在门口了；它要缠住你，你却要制伏它。”4:8 该隐对他的弟弟亚伯说：“我们到田间去吧。”（《马索拉文本》缺“我们到田间去吧”一句，现参照其他抄本及古译本补上。），该隐就起来袭击他的弟弟亚伯，把他杀了。4:9 耶和华问该隐：“你的弟弟亚伯在哪里？”他回答：“我不知道；难道我是看守我弟弟的吗？”4:10 耶和华说：“你作了甚么事呢？你弟弟的血有声音从地里向我呼叫。4:11 地开了口，从你手里接受了你弟弟的血，现在你要从这地受咒诅。4:12 你种地，地也不再给你效力；你必在地上流离失所。”4:13 该隐对耶和华说：“我的刑罚太重，过于我所能担当。4:14 看哪，今日你赶逐我离开这地，以致我要躲避你的面；我必在地上流离失所，遇见我的，都要杀我。”4:15 耶和华对该隐说：“绝不会这样，杀该隐的，必遭报七倍。”耶和华就给该隐立了一个记号，免得遇见他的人击杀他。4:16 于是该隐从耶和华面前出去，住在伊甸东边的挪得地。4:17 该隐和妻子同房，她就怀孕，生了以诺。该隐建造了一座城，就按着他儿子的名，给那城叫作以诺。4:18 以诺生以拿，以拿生米户雅利，米户雅利生玛土撒利，玛土撒利生拉麦。4:19 拉麦娶了两个妻子，一个名叫亚大，另一个名叫洗拉。4:20 亚大生雅八，雅八就是居住帐棚、牧养牲畜的人的鼻祖。4:21 雅八的兄弟名叫犹八；犹八是所有弹琴吹箫的人的鼻祖。4:22 洗拉也生了土八．该隐，就是打造各种铜铁器具的匠人；土八．该隐的妹妹是拿玛。4:23 拉麦对他的两个妻子说：“亚大和洗拉，要听我的声音；拉麦的妻子，聆听我的话：壮年人伤我，我必杀他；青年人损我，我必害他；4:24 人若杀该隐，要遭报七倍；人若杀拉麦，必遭报七十七倍！”4:25 亚当又和妻子同房，她就生了一个儿子，给他起名叫塞特，因为她说：“ 神给我立了另一个后裔代替亚伯，因为该隐杀了他。”4:26 塞特也生了一个儿子，就给他起名叫以挪士。那时人才开始呼求耶和华的名。
4:1 Adam(Or The man) made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.(Cain sounds like the Hebrew for brought forth or acquired.) She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth(Or have acquired) a man.”4:2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.4:3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord.4:4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering,4:5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.4:6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?4:7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”4:8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”(Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Masoretic Text does not have “Let’s go out to the field.”) While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.4:9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”4:10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.4:11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.4:12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”4:13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear.4:14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”4:15 But the Lord said to him, “Not so(Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Hebrew Very well); anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.4:16 So Cain went out from the Lord ’s presence and lived in the land of Nod,(Nod means wandering (see verses 12 and 14).) east of Eden.4:17 Cain made love to his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch.4:18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.4:19 Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah.4:20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock.4:21 His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes.4:22 Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of(Or who instructed all who work in) bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah.4:23 Lamech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me.4:24 If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times.”4:25 Adam made love to his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth,(Seth probably means granted.) saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.”4:26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to call on(Or to proclaim) the name of the Lord.
宇宙为何以及如何诞生？为何宇宙大爆炸有一个从无到有的“开始”？为何生命会从“无”诞生到“有”？为何会有复杂、精密的生命的存在？为什么人体内的 DNA 和细胞像微观世界一样复杂而精确，却以高度有序的方式完成其工作，就像被设计和编程的另一个宇宙一样？
In an era where science can nearly explain everything, we have become accustomed to everything that happens in this world and everything around us, no matter how incredible it is, or even accustomed to stop thinking about its incredibility.
Why and how did the universe come from? Why does the universe's big bang have a "start" from nothing? Why is life born from "nothing" to "life"? Why is there complex, sophisticated creatures? Why is the DNA and cells in our body as complex and precise as a microcosm, but complete its work in a highly orderly manner, just like another universe designed and programmed?
Whether it is the elliptical orbit of Comet Halley, the romantic heart-shaped function of Descartes, the graceful golden section of the human body, the Six-sided snowflake falling from the sky, or even a leaf falling, all are wonderful function equations. As big as the universe and as small as snowflakes, divine order can be seen in these formulas.
The explosion brought about destruction. Originally, there was nothing, but the "Big Bang" produced time, matter, and space. There was no gradual development, no transitional forms, but a binary flip, from "non-existence" to "existence." The universe is complex and vast, but it can be described by highly ordered mathematical formulas, gave birth to order and even life. This alone is unbelievable enough to let people explore the truth throughout their lives.
What is the evidence for the "abiogenesis", which is "something can come from nothing"? How to get life from non-life? Why do we still not know how to actually create life from dead stuff, but frankly assume that life can be born from non-life?
The truth behind the universe is so incredible and mysterious, life is so incredible, we are so accustomed to it, we are no longer lamenting the incredibility of all this.
"For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse." Romans 1:20
"The end of science is theology." I believe that although science has its limitations and theology provides the answer, theology is not to explain the deficiency of science, and science alone cannot reach the core of theology. However, science and theology are not opposites, and they do not prevent us from remaining awed on the road to exploring knowledge.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalm 19:1
The magnificent scenery of nature can easily make people awe-inspiring, but I find that even the most slight sceneries that are most overlooked in daily life are also part of the "skies". You can think of "big" naturally from "big", but if you can also see "big" from "small", "big" is even more glorious.
In this series, I am not trying to answer the above questions or to express my views and positions on the above questions. I just saw the "traces" and "majesty" left by the "creator" in some slight scenes that we are accustomed to and even ignore.
Therefore, I created a rule: trying to see "big" from "small" - with awe and curiosity, through daily neglected slight scenes, with “small scale” as the window, to explore and think about the relationship between the universe, life, eternity and creation.
- Boshan Zhou
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