Mark of Cain: Sin and Stigma

Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” Then the Lord said to him, “Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him. Then Cain went away from the presence of the Lord.

Genesis 4:13
Cain – Edwin Roscoe Mullins (1899)
Glasgow Botanic Gardens; Glasgow, Scotland

The word “mark” is אוֹת, pronounced “oat”, which means ‘sign’. It is the same word used in “the sign of the covenant” for both the rainbow and circumcision. But no one has any idea what it is in the case of Cain. Some have speculated it is a mark on his forehead or hand, or a darker skin tone. Regardless, people saw the sign and knew not to hurt him, even if they despised him for killing his brother. It both stigmatized and protected him.

How could a sign have such contradictory properties? Because from Cain’s perspective, he would never have to know why people looked at him askance. He could actually forget his sin, and assume others were just distracted by the stigma. He could be forgiven, and did not have to live in perpetual fear, even if his stinginess continued to unexpectedly get the better of him.

Cain’s descendant 7 generations later, Lamech, actually turned the stigma into a sign of pride and power:

Lamech said to his wives:

“I have killed a man for wounding me,
and a young man for striking me.
If Cain’s revenge is sevenfold,
then Lamech’s is seventy-sevenfold.”

Genesis 4:23

Perhaps by then the people had forgotten Cain’s ‘original sin’. Now Lamech could instigate people to attack him and retaliate with great force and impunity. In subsequent generations, Joseph’s brothers would claim he had been killed by a wild beast, and several generations after that, Moses would blame ‘Amalek’ for massacres against us. The stigma was now a weapon, and some of us were more useful as a statistic.

Like Lamech, Zionists today instigate their neighbors to violence, and then respond with disproportionate destruction. This is why Netanyahu and the fascists will be re-elected: because Zionists need to be hated and despised. It serves the dual purpose of inciting violence by Palestinians as a pretext to retaliate against them, and to distract from their ‘original sin’ of causing the Holocaust. They can say to themselves, “They don’t despise us for our complicity in the deaths our brothers, they hate us simply because we are Jews.” Like their ancestor Cain, they don’t have to feel responsible, and they don’t have to know the real reason. They never have to bear the punishment.

However in order to assuage their guilt and shame, Zionists must continually commit new atrocities to create plausible deniability from previous ones. It is a vicious cycle. The IDF shoots kids for ‘throwing stones’ and for no reason at all. A Palestinian father of a dead young man laments: “The soldier who killed him, what is he telling his wife? Is he happy?” The answer can be found in Lamech’s vow.

Cain killed Abel out of jealousy of his brother’s success:

And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door.”

Genesis 4:4

Similarly, Jews from Brooklyn, jealous of the success of their prosperous and generous Jewish brothers in the USA, fly to Israel to move into settlements to find their joy in oppressing Palestinians. Instigation ‘crouches’ in every direction, even if it seems completely unintentional. They ally with right wing autocrats across Europe to instigate strife, and fascists around the world to make people hate us. They decry the rise of ‘antisemitism’ in the USA by wild beasts like Alice Walker and Angela Davis. Then when their targets retaliate in petty and pathetic ways, they cry ‘antisemitism’ and claim that all Jews are now at risk. And if we don’t embrace their delusion that we must retaliate with overwhelming force, they forsake us. If we in the diaspora are slaughtered again, we have only ourselves to blame. Like Cain, they are not their brothers’ keeper.

Socialist Jews also suffer the same complex. Driven insane by jealousy of their prosperous capitalist brothers, they now must be despised so that they can both deny their complicity in the Holocaust and make our host population hate us and want to kill us. Young Jews from IfNotNow block traffic on 7th Avenue and link arms to prevent access to a large office building in the city. Angry residents then retaliate against conspicuous Jews in the city, so they can beseech me: “Join our Bund/Worker’s Collective/Bernie Circle, and we will protect you from the ‘antisemites.'”

The target of both Zionist and Socialist Jews are the centrist, Torah-loving, liberal Jews. We are valuable to them only as a statistic, which after getting us killed they can point to and say, “This is why you must give us more power.” Host governments are all too happy to comply. The stigma has transformed from blame to sympathy. Like Cain, it protected them when G_d was not with them. But its power is waning. We will soon face a reckoning for the enormity of our sin.

And the Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries to me from the ground.”

Genesis 4:10

9 thoughts on “Mark of Cain: Sin and Stigma”

  1. The biblical story of Cain killing Abel raises questions about why Cain killed Abel, reflecting the concern of biblical law to determine the intentions and state of mind of a killer.

  2. How did you get to Lamech?
    He lived in times that the Zionists didn’t exist yet. As you know the first Zionist was Abraham following the Lord order to make Aliya to Zion.
    You wanted to curse the Jews and you went out to bless.
    At least Balaam did not do so because he hated Jews but only followed his goddess. Who is your goddess then?

    Genesis 4, 23-24: “I have killed a man for wounding me,
    a young man for injuring me. If Cain is avenged seven times” it refers to Cain and Abel affair and not to Lamech personally guilt.

    Cain doomed for seven generations. Lamech is the seventh generation in which the curse ceased and the blessing was renewed.
    Lamech, like the Jews [whom you call Zionists], sat on his land and raised a great generation that inherited him.
    And Lamech had 4 children who are symbolizing today human existential tasks as Zionist Jews do:
    1) Yaval the father of tents and cattle dwellers.
    2) Yuval the father of all that handle the harp and organ.
    3) Tuval-Cain, an instructor of all artificer in brass and iron.
    4) Naamah, later becomes Noah wife.

    All 4 are symbolizing the human spectrum of existence which reflected wonderfully among Zionist Jews too, whom are the most of the Jews of today.

    Lamech community descendant was called Enosh – Human, symbolizing humanity and the recognition of the existence of God.

    Your hatred of Jews is blasting your mind. It has already been said about Korach and his congregation that have sinned and betrayed Zionism in the greatest ever Zionist project – the Exodus. Korach betrayed the 2nd most known Zionist, Moshe Rabenu, [the first Zionist was Abraham, of course] and God punished them and the earth swallowed Korach and his traitors down. That the way the anti-Semites, of all peoples and religions, will be swallowed down in history at the will of the righteous and honest people.

    Lamech community descendant was called Enosh – Human, symbolizing humaity and the recogniation of the existence of God.

    Your hatred of Jews is blasting your mind. It has already been said about Korach and his congregation that have sinned and betrayed Zionism in the greatest ever Zionist project – the Exodus. Korach betrayed the 2nd most known Zionist, Moshe Rabenu, [the first Zionist was Abraham, of course] and God punished them and the earth swallowed Korach and his traitors down. That the way the anti-Semites, of all peoples and religions, will be swallowed down in history at the will of the rightiuos and honest people.

    1. Do you mean that Jews are forbidden to live because they annoy the Amalekites, Hamanites [today Hamenaites], Palestinians, Nazis and you?

      What does it mean when say that “Moses would blame ‘Amalek’ for massacres against us.” You mean that the Israelite Zionist [which are not you, of course] were also forbidden by you to move to the side hills of Amalek on their way to realize their Zionist project in Israel, because Amalek has the right to get angry and slaughter the Israelite? Shouldn’t the Jews have a right to defend themselves even ~3300 years ago?

      Today’s Zionists offered peace many times to the Arabs even before they invented the “Palestinian people.” But the Arabs repeatedly rejected peace and acceptance and chose war and terror. The Zionists have built a glorious country and they do not need your hallucinatory psychological explanation to justify themselves. They made peace with Egypt and Jordan, and today they have already promoted their ties with more than half of the Arab countries, not as an excuse or a distraction, but out of an ideal of peace and human cooperation.

      The original sin of the anti-Semites is that they blame the Jews for their own existence [Paradoxically they blame the Jews for forcing them to be anti-Semites which they be gladly would prefer not to]. The anti-Semites say they would not have existed if the Jews were not exist, so they try again and again to exterminate the Jews, just for curing their own souls. A live Jew is a disease for anti Semite and his cure in the dead of the Jews. That a complicated psychotic paradox of mindless people who even disparage themselves to the point of dark envy of the Jews who are much better in any criterea from the anti Semites.

      Your Palestinians are today’s Amalek. They operate to prevent the Jews from renewing their state on the land of Israel, and the more Jews feel sorry for them, the more they increase their Islamic terror. But the day will come when the normal Jews, Zionist Jews, will give them a decisive blow, and I hope wait for some hundreds years as they waited in the biblical story.

  3. In other words if you’re comfortable enough here to call it paradise, you are a demon. This world is no paradise but the land of sinners, evil in heart’s intent.

    So many masquerade as angels; all are seen vividly.

      1. LIFE.


        Such are freedom. Agents of death discourage such blossoming, and shall be destroyed.

        Many live the life of monkeys. This is not life. God is god, and he wants acquaintances, not slobbering pets.

        A voic unheard in a void is not free.

        The warning comes, as a whisper. If it is not heard by men, the angels hear it, and it becomes vision. There is no avoidance.

        Accepters and avoiders are relinquished to the dissipation.

        These words are empty; no one hears them; it matters not. They DO.

  4. You like all are in delusion.

    Are you worthy of the Law?

    The modern greedpig excuses making an idol of his inanities and forcing the innocent to comply or die alone. Thus, his sin is weighed. He may dress it in many green trees and pretty flowers in the sunshine, whom he trains to grow in the same soiled despisable fashion as he was sown. But the fruits are plain to see: a world of corrupted youth, focused on filth and trivialities, completely selfish, hating all those who ask for change and action, solutions rather than Instagram tweets and blowjobs. Where is Justice?

    He is Here.

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