The Land of Nod

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Hard Verses Episode 9: The Land of Nod


Wanted to take time to give a little thanks.

Jake for loaning me his Zoom H4N to record.

Wanted to thank Blue Microphones for sending us a replacement for the one with a hum in it.

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The Problem.

The Land of Nod.

Gen 4:13  And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Gen 4:14  Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me. Gen 4:15  And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. Gen 4:16  And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. Gen 4:17  And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.

Some questions should come to mind.

  1. What is the deal with the land of Nod? Was there already people there? If so, where did they come from (thought God only miraculously created Adam and Eve?)
  2. Where did Cain find him a woman?

Maybe a personal story or two about others that have encountered this issue.


The Solution.

What are we assuming that is making this difficult?

  1. That there was an established land called Nod that Cain went to.
  2. That Cain received his wife from this land.

The Land of Nod- “Nod” means wandering.

The land of Nod may have been founded way later.  (Prolepsis).

Gen 13:1  And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south. Gen 13:2  And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. Gen 13:3  And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai;

This is a problem because Bethel was not formed yet nor named.  It would be named by his now unborn grandson in Gen 28:19.

Gen 28:18  And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. Gen 28:19  And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

The land could have been named at a later date like Abram going to Bethel when it would be named by his grandson decades later.


The issue of a wife, solved because it was his sister.  Just as Abram had his sister as his wife.


The lesson for us today.

Things allowed in the Old Testament many times are not good for today.

Don’t kill your brother.

Don’t marry your sister.

Don’t take things out of the Bible that are not there.


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